via CNN Money
Unicode, the organization that develops emojis, said that a diverse range of skin tones will be available when Unicode Version 8.0 launches in June 2015.
This will include not only the existing yellow, but five other shades, ranging from pink and brown to black.
“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” said Unicode, in a report with design recommendations.
iRobot coming soon?
Barack Obama is challenged to a game of football with a Japanese robot while on a presidential visit to Japan. Asimo, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda, is on display at a Tokyo innovation museum. The US president is in Asia for four days, leaving for South Korea on Friday
The Earth Quake has passed but now mothers face rising radiation exposure.
Current radiation release figures from TEPCO, the power company that operates and manages the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant now reveals that larger than originally reported releases of radiation at 770,000 terabecquerels did happen, a level that may hold much more significance as the disabled plant is expected to continue to release radioactive isotopes over an extended period of time.
“The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains very serious,” said the IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency in a recent March 26, 2011 report.
SOURCE: Women’s News Network
You can go over to CNN and read the rest of this long article but the truth of the matter is that things are not looking good in terms of the water being contaminated. While the world is concerned with Rebecca Black, Charlie Sheen, and the upcoming royal wedding, we are having a serious disaster over in Japan.
Tokyo (CNN) — About 11,500 tons of radioactive water that’s collected at crippled Japan’s Fukishima Daiichi nuclear facility will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean, a cabinet minister said Monday, as workers prioritize dealing with a crack that has been a conduit for contamination.
These are the latest, but hardly the only challenges facing workers at the embattled power plant and its six reactors, which have been in constant crisis since last month’s ruinous earthquake and tsunami.
Authorities have decided to release excess water that has pooled up in and around the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors directly into the sea — a step that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano called “unavoidable,” even though this liquid was contaminated in the process of trying to cool nuclear fuel rods.
The build-up of water could cause problems around the nuclear facility, which is 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Tokyo, Edano said Monday.
I was actual up last night when news of this broke and it just was crazy seeing an actual tsunami in real time destroying land,buildings, and human life like it was nothing. I know a bunch of you woke and saw this and felt we are in the ‘last days’.
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The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years unleashed walls of water Friday that swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways and tossed cars and boats like toys, apparently killing hundreds and forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the “enormously powerful” earthquake had caused “tremendous damage over a wide area.”
She did a much better job than Sarah Palin.
June 17 (Bloomberg) — It’s a plot better suited for a John Le Carre novel.
Two Japanese men are detained in Italy after allegedly attempting to take $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds over the border into Switzerland. Details are maddeningly sketchy, so naturally the global rumor mill is kicking into high gear.
Are these would-be smugglers agents of Kim Jong Il stashing North Korea’s cash in a Swiss vault? Bagmen for Nigerian Internet scammers? Was the money meant for terrorists looking to buy nuclear warheads? Is Japan dumping its dollars secretly? Are the bonds real or counterfeit?
The implications of the securities being legitimate would be bigger than investors may realize. At a minimum, it would suggest that the U.S. risks losing control over its monetary supply on a massive scale.
The trillions of dollars of debt the U.S. will issue in the next couple of years needs buyers. Attracting them will require making sure that existing ones aren’t losing faith in the U.S.’s ability to control the dollar.
The dollar is, for better or worse, the core of our world economy and it’s best to keep it stable. News that’s more fitting for international spy novels than the financial pages won’t help that effort. It is incumbent upon the U.S. Treasury to get to the bottom of this tale and keep markets informed. Continue reading
I guess they’re about to switch SKYNET on any day now…lol
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These remind me of the Air Yeezy’s something awful, and I would actually throw a pair of these on before I chuck up two and change to the “Gay Fish.” Well, on second-thought…
Japan’s eclectic taste (at least by my subdued, antisocial New England standards) has spawned this robot baby art project thing in the streets of Roppongi. When I pictured the Apocalypse, it looked, I dunno, different.
Called Giant Torayan, this seven meter tall fire-breathing baby monstrosity is the work of artist Kenji Yanobe, who was obviously abused by a baby or a bad man dressed in an Astro Boy costume at some point in his life.
Japanese researchers on Monday showed off a robot that will soon strut her stuff down a Tokyo catwalk.
The girlie-faced humanoid with slightly oversized eyes, a tiny nose and a shoulder length hair-do boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of flesh-and-blood fashion models.
“Hello everybody, I am cybernetic human HRP-4C,” said the futuristic fashionista, opening her media premiere at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology outside Tokyo.
The fashion-bot is 158 centimetres (five foot two inches) tall, the average height of Japanese women aged 19 to 29, but weighs in at a waif-like 43 kilograms (95 pounds) — including batteries.
She has a manga-inspired human face but a silver metallic body.
“If we had made the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny,” said one of the inventors, humanoid research leader Shuji Kajita.
“We have deliberately leaned toward an anime style.” Continue reading
via Times Online
Forget fingerprinting. Companies in Europe have begun to roll out an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers.
Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese banks in the last two years, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method. Developed by Hitachi, it verifies a person’s identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin.
Easydentic Group, a European leader in the biometric industry based in France, has announced that it will be using Hitachi’s finger vein security in a range of door access systems for the UK and European markets.
In Japan, thousands of cash machines are operated by finger vein technology. Hitachi announced today that it will introduce 20,000 finger vein authentication systems at shops and kiosks belonging to two Japanese companies, which will use the devices to protect the privacy of customer information by requiring storeworkers to authenticate themselves before accessing the customer database. Continue reading
I definitely need one of these at the house.
Willpower is set to replace fast fingers in a new video game in which players move characters through a headset that monitors their brain waves.
California-based NeuroSky Inc. showed off the new headset — named Mindset — at the Tokyo Game Show, the industry’s biggest exhibition which opened near the Japanese capital Thursday.
The Mindset monitors whether the player is focused or relaxed and accordingly moves the character on a personal computer.
“We brought this to the game show as a new interface, a new platform for game creators,” NeuroSky managing director Kikuo Ito told AFP.
Children’s games using the system will hit the US market next year, Ito said. Continue reading
I can’t help but notice that the day after they turned the particle accelerator on at CERN that simultaneous catastrophe’s strike across the world. These mad scientists won’t be happy til’ they ruin the world.
(CNN) — A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rattled Japan on Thursday, within minutes of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from either quake, but both prompted tsunami warnings, although Japan’s Meteorological Agency predicted it would be small, about 50 centimeter (20 inches). The Indonesian quake occurred at exactly 9 a.m. (0000 GMT), the USGS said. Its epicenter was offshore, about 75 miles (120 km) north of Ternate in the province of Moluccas in eastern Indonesia. The quake was strongly felt in Ternate. Continue reading
TOKYO (AP) – A man plowed into shoppers with a truck Sunday and then stabbed 17 people within minutes, killing at least seven of them in a grisly attack that shocked a country known for its low crime rate.
The lunchtime violence in the Akihabara district, a popular electronics and video game area, sent thousands of people fleeing.
The assault, which occurred on the seventh anniversary of a mass stabbing at a Japanese elementary school, was the latest in a series of knife attacks that have stoked fears of rising violent crime in Japan.
A 25-year-old man, Tomohiro Kato, was arrested with blood on his face.
“The suspect told police that he came to Akihabara to kill people,” said Jiro Akaogi, a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
For the upcoming launch of Japan’s all new Levi’s E-Shop set to debut on May 15th, the world’s most popular denim brand has sought to create a special limited edition Nevada 501 jean. The denim embodies many of the same characteristics of the original 501 including the addition of leather suspenders. The limited run of 150 pairs will be available in conjunction with the launch of e-levi.jp on May 15th.
In a scientific first, Japan has secured HD hi-quality photos of the Moon. The photos taken by its lunar probe Selene are the most detailed topographic imaging of any celestial body ever. Information on mineral deposits are also being acquired by the Japanese scientists, furthering plans that Earthlings may have of inhabiting our neighbor to the north in the near future.
The future is definitely amongst us! Now we’ve been salivating for 3D technology to come to our living rooms for what seems like forever and our dreams have been answered. The only catch is you gotta be in Japan to reap the benefits of the world’s first 46-inch 3D stereoscopic TV. Not only is this the world’s first 3D TV set, it is also the first to include a “nuclear-reactor” which will presumably power the device. Ringing in at around $4,857 the Hyundai built TV includes 3-foot wide 3D glasses for your viewing pleasure. Its nothing like a burning car jumping out the screen into your living room, right into your lap! Gotta love it.