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2017年5月 4日 (木)

日本はやっぱり凄いぞ(その10)




 
・2017.04.07 Japan BackpackersXpress
  TOKYO.【桜】Chidorigafuchi 千鳥ヶ淵(cherry blossom in tokyo 2017, April 7th


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・2017.04.26 Palm WevMovie
  4K 富士山・絶景 ~桜編~ Amazing views Mt.Fuji and Cherry Blossoms 2017


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・2017.03.24 CNN News
  Food, face cream and jet fuel: Japanese firm finds many uses for alga
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A tiny organism thinner than a strand of hair could help fuel airplanes in the future.

 apanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food and cosmetics. But it sees a range of other potential uses for it.
The company is aiming to produce 33,000 gallons of jet fuel a year from Japan's first algae biofuel refinery, partnering with top Japanese airline ANA (ALNPY).

 "Everyone says it's crazy the first time they hear the idea," said Euglena's founder, Mitsuru Izumo. But "in terms of science and technology ... it's a very simple idea," he added.

 Oil that is chemically similar to kerosene can be extracted from the dried algae's powder.

 Euglena, which shares its name with the algae its business relies on, is building a test facility in Yokohama, near one of Tokyo's two main airports. It's expected to pump out five barrels of "green crude" a day after it comes online next year.

 But that amount is tiny. Izumo wants to ramp up production 400% and open a second refinery by 2020 in order to bring down the cost of the carbon-neutral biofuel to make it commercially viable.

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 Even then, the algae extract will have to be blended with regular jet fuel and will still only provide enough for a limited number of flights.

 Izumo came across the algae -- which has characteristics of both plants and animals -- while searching for a superfood. After witnessing starving children during a 1998 visit to Bangladesh, he wanted to help fight malnutrition.

 He was inspired by a story in a manga comic to find a "magic bean"-like ingredient that could solve major problems facing the world.



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 ・2017.03.02 CNN News
  An 81-year-old woman just created her own iPhone app


 
Masako Wakamiya is a vibrant, self-described chatterbox who just launched her first smartphone app.

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 Oh, and she's 81 years old.

 She says she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age.

 "We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can't match their speed," Wakamiya told CNN.
 


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・2017.04.28 AFP日本語版
  「BONSAI」人気過熱 盆栽世界大会開幕 さいたま


 
世界中の盆栽愛好家が集い交流する「第8回世界盆栽大会(World Bonsai Convention)」が28日、さいたま市で始まった。主要会場のさいたまスーパーアリーナでは、推定樹齢1000年超の真柏など愛好家垂涎の的が300点以上展示されているほか、国内のみならず海外8地域から招いた人気盆栽作家がデモンストレーションを行う。植木や道具などの販売ブースも数多く設けられ、来場者たちが食い入るように眺める姿が見られた。

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・2017.04.13 AFP日本語版
  トヨタ、リハビリ支援ロボをレンタルへ 今年秋から


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( 都内で行われた報道陣向け内覧会で、トヨタの脳卒中などによる下肢まひのリハビリテーション支援を目的としたロボット「ウェルウォーク WW-1000」の使い方を実演するモデル )


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・2017.04.25 The English Garden
  Robot volleyball machine helps Japan team practise attacks


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 To perfect their attacks, some of Japan’s top volleyball players are training against a robot that can mimic the tactics of opposing teams.

 The Japanese Volleyball Association’s “block machine” consists of three pairs of robotic arms that move side to side in front of the net.

 These represent blockers – players who defend against “spikes” from the attacking team that send the ball forcefully over the net, making it hard for opposing players to return it.

 “A spike is the most effective way to win points in volleyball,” says Laura Woodruff at Volleyball England. “The blocker’s job is to try to make part of the court unavailable to the attacker, whilst the attacker has to try to find space to hit the ball into.”

 If the attacker gets it right, the ball flies over the net and straight onto the ground to win a point. If a blocker intercepts it, they can smash it right back over.



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