30 July 2010, JellyBean @ 5:59 pm

Japanese officials have made a six million dollar bid for the 22nd edition of the World Cup (2022) that proposes the actual tournament be broadcast all across the world via real-time holographic technology.

Holographic Soccer Japan Proposes Holographic World Cup 2022 picture

The initiative, known as Universal Fan Fest, will allow some 360 million people from 208 countries to watch a live 3-D feed of the games.

Though it sounds quite far-fetched for the early 21st century, the idea is to simultaneously capture all World Cup action via 200 high-definition cameras placed in a 360-degree circle around the stadium—and then transmit it in real-time to approximately 400 stadiums all across the world.

This means you would potentially be able to watch each match live right from your local, hometown stadium.

Not only is this proposal quite thrilling albeit a tad futuristic, it’s also green in that a portion of the energy required to operate all the required equipment would somehow come from the fans themselves.

The techno-geniuses from Japan say that as excited crowds scream, cheer and stomp their feet, the resultant energy will somehow be collected. There’s also talk of setting up solar arrays to harvest even more power.

According to PCWorld, the director of technology for the bid, Jun Murai, “stated that despite the idea seeming like something out of a science fiction film,” the technology will be up and running as early as 2016! That means they’ll have an additional six years to tweak it for the World Cup games.

Read the whole article: Weird Asia News

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4 May 2010, JellyBean @ 5:36 pm

A derelict hospital here widely known for being “haunted” and the site of petty crime has been bought by the city and is set to be demolished and have its land redeveloped into a park, city officials have announced.

According to the city, after “Atsugi Keishin Hospital” closed in 1997, the building has been left to deteriorate, becoming the target of graffiti and suffering damage such as broken windows and a small fire.

The hospital has been introduced as a “haunted spot” on both television and the Internet, and some youths who tried to sneak a look at the “haunted” hospital last year ended up being mugged. The problems have led local residents to complain to the city.

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Mainichi

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3 May 2010, JellyBean @ 9:38 pm

A tractor beam designed by a Japanese Space-flight engineer by the name of John Sinko coming from Nagoya University may be the answer to the ever growing problem of space debris in orbit around Earth. The growing problem of derelict satellites, used up rockets, and other pieces of spacecraft in the orbit around Earth is growing as space travel and communication through satellites becomes more common. And the system is simpler than originally thought possible for a “tractor beam” using lasers.

The laser system would use a low power laser, firing it into a mass of solid fuel, and shooting out a jet of material causing thrust as the material was ejected in the opposite direction and burned up harmlessly off the other side. The on-board motors, according to Sinko, could be targeted remotely. Though the system was originally a means of a laser based spaceflight engine ideal for working in zero gravity, such a system could be utilized to attach “engines” on other ships comprised solely of the combustible material and canisters which would act as “rockets.” The canisters could then be pushed using the laser system, causing them to be pushed out into space or to fall into the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. And yet this is not even the most startlingly brilliant aspect of the Laser Tractor Beam system.

In addition to using lasers to push the debris away from the craft emitting the laser, it could also be pulled into the craft if a system of mirrors were positioned on the other side of the debris and the laser was fired out and bounced onff the mirror toward the offending debris. As the laser was pushed off the other side, the debris could then be pulled into the craft and either recycled or collected and studied. It would also be an excellent system for retrieving important lost instruments or capsules.

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Unexplainable.net

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28 April 2010, JellyBean @ 4:38 pm

A ‘space yacht’ propelled only by sunlight particles bouncing off its kite-shaped sails is to launch next month.

A rocket carrying the Japanese craft will blast off from Tanegashima Space Center on May 18.

Once in space the short cylindrical pod will separate from the rocket spinning up to 20 times a minute. This will help it to unfold its flexible 46ft sail, which is thinner than a human hair.

The square shaped sail is equipped with thin-film solar cells and will use resistance created by the Sun’s energy in much the same way as wind propels a yacht through water. This will provide it with enough thrust to hover and rotate.

‘It is a hybrid technology of electricity and pressure’, Japanese Space Agency expert Yuichi Tsuda said.

‘Solar sails are the technology that realises space travel without fuel as long as we have sunlight. The availability of electricity would enable us to navigate farther and more effectively in the solar system.’

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Daily Mail

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