Robots to the rescue in Japan

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: March 15, 2011   View Article

As the search for survivors and grim recovery of bodies continues following the devastating one-two punch of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, researchers are weighing what types of robots could be most helpful.

There are ground-based robots, for example, designed to climb up and down piles of rubble and slither into otherwise inaccessible cracks to look for survivors. Other robots are designed to work underwater, looking for survivors in cars that fell off bridges and to check the integrity of infrastructure.

Master Puppeteer Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 10, 2003   View Article

Tamao Yoshida, a puppeteer designated as a living national treasure of Japan, recently agreed to appear in 136 bunraku performances in Osaka and Tokyo over the next year. He is 84.

“As you get older, I think it is important to keep active, to keep my body healthy,” he said through a translator.

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