Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week it's Honda stepping up its hydrogen fuel cell efforts, a Japan-based team ironically makes progress in anti-obesity science (an export-only product, that), and Japanese scientists have confirmed the occurrence of neutrino transformation.

Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday:
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.

:: JTFF – July 19, 2013 ::

• Honda's Got Some New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Plans (we've been waiting!)
People over about 30 years old are getting really, really tired of hearing about how awesome the hydrogen-powered cars of the future are going to be. We've been waiting. And waiting. And waiting - here we are in the future - and nothing. So, Honda, got anything new? Their recent partnership with general motors was a bit of a big deal, and pooling the R&D might of the two giants could produce resutls... BUT STILL! We're all waiting for the day a glass of water drives the minivan for a week. One hopes one will not have to, once again, repeat the same jaded sentiment in ten years time.
[HONDA'S NEW HYDROGEN FUEL PLANS - HYDROGEN FUEL NEWS]

• Japanese-Based Team Identifies Anti-Obesity Gene (irony ensues)
It's funny, in a country with next to zero obesity issues, progress is being made in identifying genes that, when active, prevent the... large, from getting larger. This could lead to drug treatments for obesity. That this is incredibly ironic and sad should not go unappreciated. Sure - great, that's awesome science, but how about this cutting-edge technology of not eating horrible food and moving around enough to use the energy one takes in? Just saying. Oh, and thanks, Japan. We know this research isn't really for you. Sincerely, America.
[OBESITY-CURBING GENE IDENTIFIED IN JAPAN - JAPAN TIMES]

• Japanese Scientists Help Confirm Neutrino Transformation
Particle physics is pretty far outside the JTFF's wheelhouse, but for those with sciencey chops of that level, this will intrigue:

"Physicists beamed muon neutrinos across nearly 300 kilometres (185 miles) in Japan. They found that the beam, on its arrival, had more electron neutrinos in it than at the start, proving that a transformation had taken place."

So, for those who can hobnob at that level, the particle physicist readers of Akihabara News' JTFF, et al, have at it!
[NEUTRINO TRANSFORMATION EVIDENCE - ASIA ONE]

That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.

Reno J. Tibke is the founder and operator of Anthrobotic.com, where the JTFF was born.

Tokyo at Night image via PhotoEverywhere.