August 17, 2006

three planets to be added to solar system

Three astronomic objects are likely to be added to solar system as new planets. These three new planets were formerly regarded as asteroids however their statuses are to be changed at the convention of International Astronomical Union, held in Praha. This is due to a rivision of definition of planets. Revised definitions are as follows.

1)A planet has spherical shape.
2)A planet goes around the sun.
3)Not a fixed star nor a satellite.

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August 03, 2005


The TV program, "地球ふしぎ大自然 (The Earth, the wonder of wild nature)" of this time was about Common trumpeter, Common trumpeter is a bird that cannot fly and lives in Amazon rainforest. What's unique about them is that they chase after monkeys. To be more exact, they gather in a bevy and walk around forest in a row, looking for monkeys' leftover food. Its entire body is black and only the tail is white so that it can be easily found by the associates. They look funny and cute, walking through the forest in a row.

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June 05, 2005


I was asked to translate a medical treatise written in English into Japanese by accident. This treatise is about the interventional surgeries that use the micro catheter. Of course, it's out of my line. What's gonna do? Vascurized organism? Substantially perpendicular? What's that? I've never come across such technical jargons before.

The dead line is approaching. For now, I'll start with taking refuge in my dog.

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March 16, 2005


tunasOn today’s news, they were saying that the number of cases caused by organic mercury is rapidly increasing in the US. Organic mercury is widely found in marine products and causes neurotic problems or reproductive dysfunctions, especially to the babies in pregnant women. Like other organic material or heavy metals, organic mercury accumulates in human bodies. Once we take it, it’s almost impossible to eliminate. The amount of mercury in our bodies increases year by year.

As a matter of fact, only the tunas are removed from the mercury regulation in Japan due to the strong oppositions by the fisheries industry. To ascend the food chain is associate with the increased risk of accumulation called "bioaccumulation", and the tunas are placed on top of the chain. You have to know such heavy metals and chemicals accumulate mainly in fat.

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March 05, 2005


freudI started reading the later studies of Sigmund Freud, A German psychologist and was surprised to know that his attitude towards studies had been very similar to that of Kant. In my views, the scholars are clearly divided into two types. The former type is the one who's fanatic about defeating other scholars or authenticity by theories. The latter type is the one who's not interested in other people but in only his own studies. Kant and Freud are of course categorized into the later.

Today's reading
Soseki Natsume "Ten Nights of Dream " 5 pages

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March 02, 2005

to read in English

kant-colorAs I wrote before, one of my main purposes of learning English is to acquire adequate skills of debating and writing, necessary to study German philosophy at some foreign University. My skill is far from that purpose so far. A few days ago, I started reading a book of Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, in English and found it not so difficult to read. I felt it was much easier than that of Japanese edition. It was because the original edition had been written in German, and in terms of linguistics, English and German are similar to each other since they have the same root. So, German has less difficulty in translating into English than into Japanese.

Today's reading
Soseki Natsume "Ten Nights of Dream " 10 pages

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February 05, 2005

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

The first case of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in Japan was confirmed. The man in 50s who was infected with vCDJ is already dead. It seems that the man got infected while he was staying in Britain.

Authorities say, people become infected with this disease by eating beef that is infected with Mad Cow Disease. But as a matter of fact, we know almost nothing about this vCDJ. A few years ago, they said the people who suffered from the disease had eaten a great amount of infected beef almost everyday; so, you could prevent it by avoiding overeating.

But this man's stay in Britain was only 1 month. I don't think he ate much. There is a possibility of infection even though you eat only one infected hamburger.

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January 16, 2005


huygens005_fAccording to WIRED NEWS, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe ended up its landing with success, to the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.,2697,66290,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

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December 28, 2004

hard days

There still be so many things to work with in a day every day to learn English. It takes about 8 hours to finish all of them. I think it's too much. I feel like I'm studying all the day. I've got to reduce them. But as I said before I still don't know which one should be scrapped. Every materials seems to be necessary for me.

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December 26, 2004

next time

Today I got the result of the test. The score was 850 ,same as that of previous one. But right after the test, I thought I could have got 900 or more. So It is almost devastating result.
But the average of this test was 440, it was 50 point lower than the previous one. I wonder why suddenly they were so strict.

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