Kuratas robot operated via smartphone packs impressive non-lethal fire-power
It’s Transformers come to life — sort of. Japanese engineer Kogoro Kurata created a 4-meter-tall robot which can be operated by a pilot sitting in its cockpit, or via smartphone.
The robot packs an arsenal of customizable non-lethal weapons, and can match any interior, or exterior surrounding, as it comes in 16 colors. Some of the defense-system features of this four-tonne behemoth are a “smile shot” — a cannon which fires up to 6,000 BB bullets per minute and is activated by a pilot’s grin; a rocket launcher with missiles filled with compressed water and iron claws. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
East China Sea row becomes water fight – literally http://natpo.st/QSdp6Z
Japanese Coast Guard vessels fired water cannon to turn away about 40 Taiwan fishing boats and eight Taiwan Coast Guard vessels from waters Japan considers its own on Tuesday in the latest twist to a row between Tokyo and Beijing.
Japan protested to Taiwan, a day after it lodged a complaint with China over what it said was a similar intrusion by Chinese boats.
Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply this month after Japan bought disputed East China Sea islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from their private owner, sparking anti-Japan protests across China.
(Photos: AFP/GettyImages; Reuters)
Huge Japanese dock washes up in Oregon 15 months after tsunami
A huge floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami has washed up on an Oregon beach, believed to be the biggest pieces of flotsam to make landfall on the U.S. West Coast so far.
The 66-foot (20-metre) long rectangular structure, made of concrete and metal, was spotted floating off the coast on Monday, and then washed in with the high tide on Agate beach, 100 miles (160 kilometres) southwest of Portland. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images; Reuters)