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U.S. Moves Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Early to S. Korean Site

by Michael in Guns and Gadgets

SEOUL —  The U.S. military started moving parts of its THAAD antimissile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The earlier-than-expected move prompted protests by hundreds of local residents and was denounced by the frontrunner in South Korea’s presidential election on May 9. A spokesman for Moon [...]
  • Exhibition Celebrates Takashi Yanase’s Legacy

    Akiyoshi Hatamoto reports: An exhibition featuring original works from a children’s magazine edited by manga artist and poet Takashi Yanase (1919-2013) is under way at the Poem and Marchen Gallery in Kami, Kochi Prefecture. The gallery is part of the Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall. “Ichigo Ehon” (Strawberry picture book), was a sister magazine [...]
  • Warhol’s Mao Portrait Fetches $12.7 Million

    HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — A classic Andy Warhol portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong fetched $12.7 million at auction in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sotheby’s said — well short of the top estimate of more than $15 million. The sale of the 1973 screen print by the legendary U.S. pop artist attracted plenty of attention before going under the [...]
  • [VIDEO] Paris: The Luminous Years

    Produced by Thirteen for, the Eloquent Image LLC, INA and ARTE France in association with YLE Teema. Written, directed and produced by Perry Miller Adato; Margaret Smilow, executive producer; Junko Tsunashima and Kristin Lovejoy, producers; Kris Liem, editor. New York Times review from December 14, 2010 Alessandra Stanley writes: Paris [...]


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Bates Motel Series Finale Recaps: ‘The Cord’, ‘Goodnight Norman’

by Michael in Entertainment

Bates Motel goes all the way back to the beginning to get to the end Season 5, Episode 10 Jodi Walker writes: Let me tell you what: When it comes to Bates Motel, the future is certainly not mine to see. In its final season, Bates Motel proved over and over again that it is one of the few series on television that can simultaneously subvert predictions, exceed expectations — of which there were many, given its inescapable source material — and make every shocking twist feel completely [...]

Hawaii Threatened by North Korea Now, U.S. Commander Tells Congress

by Michael in Asia

Vera Bergengruen reports: The Pentagon needs to consider deploying new anti-ballistic missile systems and a defensive radar to Hawaii to protect against a growing threat from North Korea, the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday. “Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, [...]

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  • Review: Going Hazzard in a 2017 Dodge Challenger GT

    Aaron Turpen writes: Bo and Luke Duke may have been driving a Charger back in the day, but the 1969 Charger’s successor is definitely the current-generation Challenger. Put behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT in bright orange paint – as we drove it – you may want to change your name, too. The Challenger GT is Dodge’s all-wheel-drive muscle coupe, offering something [...]
  • First-Ever U.S. Honda Civic Type R Finally Arrives with 306 Horsepower

    UK-assembled, US-powered, the global Civic Type R finally hits America this June. Jim Resnick writes: There’s a global following for Type R models in the Honda world, but the only time we had a factory-authorized one in the US market was actually from sister brand Acura. That happened back when Integras were still a breed, and the Integra Type R schooled the world on how to engineer a [...]
  • The Sexbot Revolution is Coming

    Abyss Creations, maker of the life-size RealDoll, releases an AI named Harmony on the unsuspecting world as its first step toward personal sex robots. Caitlin Petrakovitz reports: The maker of the RealDoll, a life-size faux-human you can have sex with, is stepping up its game. After months of teasing, Abyss Creations on Saturday released Harmony AI, an app with a “brain” determined [...]
  • [VIDEO] 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: An 840-HP Monster!

    Eight. Hundred. Forty. Horsepower. K.C. Colwell writes: For years, the Big Three have been selling parts-counter specials that are purpose built for drag racing: Cobra Jet Mustangs, COPO Camaros, and Drag Pak Challengers missing VINs that you order like an oil filter. These are cars only in the sense that they have four wheels. You can’t legally drive one to the corner store for milk or bait [...]
  • Meet Mikoto, the Medical Simulation Robot

    Tomoko Otake reports: It looks and feels like a real person. It can cough, has a gag reflex and even cry “ouch!” if handled roughly. Meet mikoto, a next-generation medical simulation robot developed for students, young doctors and emergency care workers so they can get hands-on training without the risk of harming actual patients. Medical venture Tmsuk R&D Inc. and Tottori University [...]
  • AeroMobil to Launch a Production Flying Car Next Week

    Loz Blain  reports: Slovakian flying car company AeroMobil is ready for liftoff, with the announcement that it’s going to launch a production-ready, road-registrable aircraft in a week’s time. The new flying car, which will debut at Top Marques in Monaco on April 20, will be available for pre-order this year. Whether this news sends you into fits of excitement or not will likely [...]
  • [VIDEO] U.S. vs Japan: Robo-Apocalyptic Giant Robot Duel Officially Set for August

    Matthew Hart reports: Everybody knows that there’s been a massive, world-view-bending feud bubbling up between national superpowers since roughly the end of 2015. And that feud is, of course, the one between two MEGA MECHS from the U.S. and Japan, who are set to absolutely destroy each other with chainsaws and “serious firepower” in what can only be called the robo-apocalyptic event [...]
  • A woman talks via Skype with a new translation feature. Translations of entire conversations are provided in voice or via text on the screen.

    New Skype Feature Translates into 10 Languages

    Microsoft Japan Co. has launched a new translation feature that can handle Japanese for its Skype internet calling service. It provides immediate translations of entire conversations, in both voice and text. The feature, which launched Friday, is intended to allow people who speak different languages to easily take part in voice and video calls. Calls between Skype members are free of charge. In [...]
  • NATO Invests in More Bandwidth for New Data-Hungry Drones

    BRUSSELS— Julian E. Barnes reports: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is preparing to expand its satellite communications capability with contracts worth about $1.85 billion later this year as it prepares to field a new fleet of drones. The alliance’s demand for satellite bandwidth has increased as its operational tempo has stepped up in recent years with the deployment of forces to [...]

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