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Japan thinks smartphones are destroying students’ eyesight

by Saqib Shah, engadget

The amount of Japanese students with less than 20/20 vision is at at its peak.

The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that the number of students with vision below the standard 1.0 score (equivalent to 20/20 vision) is at an all-time high of 25.3 percent. Worse still, just over 67 percent of high school students and more than 34 percent of elementary students didn’t meet the bar. The government is attributing the trend to “increased time spent staring at [smartphone] screens…and mobile games.”

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Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

by Mari Yamaguchi, Phys.org

Japan’s space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday the two solar-powered rovers have become inactive and are probably in the shade, but are still responding to signals after three months, exceeding their projected life of several days.

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Japan wants the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018

by Daniel Cooper, Engadget

And will spend $173 million in order to get it

Our world is in transition, with automation and digitization edging-out more humane forms of industrial labor. Some countries are actively pushing against that, but others, like Japan, are running head-first towards the future. The nation is believed to be pushing to build the world’s fastest supercomputer in an attempt to revitalize its recent malaise. Reuters is reporting that officials will spend $173 million on a machine capable of achieving 130 petaflops and besting current world number one, China’s Sunway TaihuLight. Continue reading Japan wants the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018