Japanese Post-Apocalyptic Housing Springs Up with the Push of a Button



We’ve seen many post-apocalyptic housing concepts before, but none have been quite as, well, realistic as the Japanese EDV-01. Daiwa House is actually producing these houses, which can spring up into mobile-houses with the push of a button. (Video)


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Hi-Tech Japanese Vending Machine Uses 47-Inch Touchscreen Panel to Sell Drinks


Hi-Tech Vending offers many options.

In a land of high-tech toilet and strange robots, a regular ol’ vending machine just won’t do. So behold, the vending machine in subway stations in Tokyo that uses 47-inch touchscreen panel to sell you drinks…

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Bird Thought Extinct in 1940’s Found Nesting on U.S. Soil


Short-tailed Albatross

In the middle of the last century, things weren’t looking good for the majestic Short-tailed Albatross. From a hardy population estimated to be in the millions just decades earlier, the bird’s numbers underwent a dramatic decline from over-hunting — nearly disappearing from the face of the Earth entirely by the late 1940s. But, while many conservationists believed them to have been made extinct, the few remaining Albatross were plotting their eventual comeback — and now, for the first time, they’ve been spotted nesting on U.S. soil.


Seeking The Ghost Particle


The Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory

The Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory seen above, is located in a zinc mine 3,300 feet underground, near the city of Hida, Japan. The walls of the tank are instrumented with 13,000 light detectors, and in this photo you can see workers rowing around the interior as it fills with 50,000 tons of water. Neutrinos are subatomic particle that are notoriously hard to detect because they have no electric charge and they pass right through almost all ordinary matter. In fact, 100 trillion neutrinos apparently flow through our bodies every second. The Super-K observatory pictured here is just one detector that scientists are building to study these “ghost particles” as they’re known…

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Japanese Company Claims Submarines Can Weaken the Impact of Typhoons


Can submarines be used to stop typhoons?

We usually accept it as a given that we can’t change the weather. When it comes to extreme situations like hurricanes or earthquakes, such disasters are labeled “acts of god” because we generally feel helpless to in the face of nature’s wrath. But recently an ambitious Japanese manufacturing firm Ise Kogyo has boldly claimed that they can help weaken the impact of typhoons. And even more surprising, the company’s weapon of choice is the submarine.


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Japan’s Ice Aquarium Displays Fish Frozen In Mid-Swim

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Frozen Fish for Exploration

What a way to explore the ocean. Japan’s Kori no Suizokukan (Ice Aquarium) in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan has about 450 specimens of about 80 species on display for anyone to examine or ponder. But they aren’t floating or zipping through aquariums. Nope…they’re frozen in blocks of ice…

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Touchscreen Vending Machines Go Mainstream in Japan


Touchscreen vending machine.

Japan has a love affair with vending machines. You can get anything, from hot coffee to hot noodles to fresh fruit to cigarettes, from the ubiquitous machines. So it’s only natural that they’d jump on the touchscreen vending machine bandwagon first. (Pics)



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Combination Brake-Accelerator Pedal Solves Accidental Acceleration Problem

Naruse Pedal

The combination Naruse Pedal always activates the brakes when a driver stomps down.

Two pedals, inches apart, one for gas and the other for brakes. For years, a Japanese inventor has argued that this most basic of car designs is dangerously flawed.  The side-by-side pedal arrangement, the inventor says, can cause drivers to mistakenly floor the accelerator instead of the brakes, especially under stress.


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Wind Lens Floating Farms Could Boost Electricity Production in Japan

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Future wind-turbine farms

The Yokohama Renewable Energy International Exhibition 2010 earlier this month revealed some visually spectacular new designs for wind turbine technology. The Wind Lens has the potential to triple the amount of electricity produced by offshore turbines according to experiments. Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya spoke of the merits of the 112-meter diameter structures being able to increase energy output “two or three fold”, as well as being about to reduce the dreaded noise pollution so often associated with wind turbines, and improve safety too.


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Japan’s Future Threatened by Strict Immigration Rules

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Foreigners in Japan must take a pass-or-go-home test with a success rate of less than 1 percent in order to stay.

Her new country needs her, her new employer adores her, and Joyce Anne Paulino, who landed here 14 months ago knowing not a word of the language, can now say in Japanese that she’d like very much to stay. But Paulino, 31, a nurse from the Philippines, worries about the odds. To stay in Japan long-term, she must pass a test that almost no foreigner passes.


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