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October 20, 2014
Train service back in
former Sri Lankan war zone
“TE SAURUS.” A TE Connectivity Japan staff member demonstrates how to control remotely its dinosaur
robot “TE Saurus” with a smartphone during the annual CEATEC Japan advanced technologies show in Chiba,
east of Tokyo. With a Sharp Aquos ZETA mobile phone model, users can make the 6’11” tall, 21’4” long dino-
saur robot walk forward and backward; jump; move its head, hands, and legs up and down, left and right; open
and close its mouth by touching the screen panel; and make it bark by shaking the handheld. (AP Photo/Koji
Funky robots display
Japan’s latest technologies
By Haruka Nuga
The Associated Press
OKYO — A smartphone-controlled
dinosaur, synchronized cheer-
leaders, and a ping-pong-playing
spider are some of the robot technology
showcased at the CEATEC Japan
electronics exhibition.
grabbing gadgets to showcase their
technology and stand out at the event.
Sadly for gadget lovers, the robots aren’t
for sale.
A dinosaur pal
TE Connectivity’s dinosaur robot, the
“TE Saurus,” lets users experience a close
encounter with a 6’11” reptile without
going back in time.
A smartphone application can make the
dinosaur walk or jump. A shake of the
smartphone prompts the “TE Saurus” to
bark. It also can play trivia games as users
answer questions through the app.
Ping-pong companion
Despite its intimidating spider-like
resemblance, OMRON Corp.’s three-
legged robot is a relaxed ping-pong play-
mate. It watches its human opponent to
predict the ball’s path. Still, the robot
takes it easy on opponents by missing a few
hits here and there. With five motors to
control paddle movement, it is pro-
grammed to serve the ball in a way that
makes it easy for the player to return.
“This ping-pong robot is really a
demonstration of how a robot can interact
with a person and react in an appropriate
manner,” says Takuya Tsuyuguchi, an
Omron manager. “We envision this robot
perhaps being used in a factory or
production line and having a role in which
it would have to interact with a worker to
do or build something. This would involve
the robot understanding the needs of its
Synchronized cheerleaders
They are 14 inches tall, but their
Manufacturing, a leading electronic
component manufacturer, presents a
group of 10 robot cheerleaders with
color-changing pom-poms that use
gyroscopic sensors to roll on spherical
bases in unison without losing their
“These robots use our proprietary
balancing technology combined with
technology that prevents, in real time, the
robots from clashing together,” said
Tomoyuki Mori, a Murata engineer. “It
also uses technology that coordinates the
movement of all the robots together in a
synchronized manner.”
Cemetery overcrowding
an issue around the world
(AP) Cemetery overcrowding is an issue
that resonates around the world,
particularly in its most cramped cities and
among religions that forbid or discourage
cremation. The reality of relying on finite
land resources to cope with the endless
stream of the dying has brought about
creative solutions.
One space-saving option is to put graves
on top of each other, separated by a
concrete divider, and have a shared
headstone. This is common among couples
and even whole families. A second option is
stacking the dead above ground into
niches built into walls, a bit like in a
morgue, but adorned with headstones. A
third, revolutionary option is to be buried
in a building where each floor resembles a
traditional cemetery.
Cemetery towers have been proposed for
Paris and Mumbai. In Mexico City, there is
another big project in the works: the Tower
for the Dead, which will combine a vertical
subterranean complex. Currently in
Mexico City, families are forced to exhume
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP)
— Cheered by tens of
thousands of people, a train
decorated with banana
trees and colorful flower
garlands has arrived in Sri
Lanka’s northern Tamil
heartland, 24 years after
the “Queen of Jaffna” was
suspended due to civil war.
Rajapaksa bought a ticket
and boarded the train for
the last 43 kilometers of the
journey and opened several
railroad stations along the
Yarl Devi, as it is known
in Tamil, was once a
popular mode of transport
between the ethnic Tamil-
majority north and the
Sinhala-majority south but
was scaled back in 1990
because of the heightening
of the civil war between the
SERVICE RESTORED. An ethnic Sinhalese Sri Lankan man eats
lunch during a train ride from south to north in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. The
“Queen of Jaffna,” a once-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil’s northern
heartland to the rest of Sri Lanka before a bloody civil war cut the link 24
years ago, has chugged back into service, reinforcing the government’s
authority in a region once controlled by Tamil rebels. (AP Photo/Eranga
government and the Tamil since 1983 ended in 2009
Tiger rebels.
when Sri Lankan troops
The civil war that raged crushed the rebels.
Japanese governor says it
is too soon for nuke restarts
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese governor
says the country should not restart any
nuclear plants until the cause of the
Fukushima meltdown is fully understood
and nearby communities have emergency
plans that can effectively respond to
another major accident.
Hirohiko Izumida, governor of central
Niigata prefecture — home to the
seven-reactor Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant
— said regulators look at equipment but
don’t evaluate local evacuation plans.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to
restart two reactors in southern Japan
that last month were the first to be
approved under stricter safety require-
ments introduced after the Fukushima
disaster. Nuclear Regulation Authority
chairman Shunichi Tanaka has called the
new standard one of the world’s highest.
Regulators are inspecting 18 other
reactors, including two in Niigata
Help us find a cure.
operated by the utility that runs the
Fukushima plant, which experienced
meltdowns following the 2011 earthquake
and tsunami. All 48 workable Japanese
reactors are currently offline.
Izumida also said the Tokyo Electric
Power Co. was responsible for the
Fukushima crisis and has no qualifica-
tions to resume operating a nuclear plant
without fully clarifying unanswered
questions about the accident.
Ensuring protection of nearby residents
from radiation exposure as part of a
multi-layer safety measure is an
international standard, but still not
required in Japan. Towns as far as 18
miles from the plant, an expansion from
the 12 miles before the crisis, are now
required to compile evacuation plans, but
many have not. Niigata compiled its
evacuation plan in June and is set to test it
next month.
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for their ancestors after sweeping their family tomb-
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southern Japan, as they celebrate the Bon Festival.
Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates
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