Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51773
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2021/12/03 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2008/11/1-2 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Science/Electric, Science/GlobalWarming] UID:51773 Activity:nil
11/1    Gundam Academy:
2021/12/03 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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CLASSIFIEDS From The Times November 1, 2008 Gundam cartoon academy to turn science fiction into reality in Japan Gundam, a fighting robot based on a Japanese cartoon series Leo Lewis in Tokyo For most universities around the world illegal meteor-mining, politically explosive space colonies and wars waged between teenagers in robot battle suits are treated as the stuff of pure fantasy. In an attempt to inject "the most inventive possible thinking" into Japan, representatives of many of its most august universities are to become a "virtual faculty" of the Gundam Academy -- the first academic institution based on a cartoon. Next year dozens of engineers, astrophysicists, doctors, anthropologists, linguists -- even town planners -- will begin discussing how to convert the science-fiction series Gundam, created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 66, into reality. Cartoon wine critic boosts Japanese sales The agenda will be broad: the Gundam comic series has been running since the late 1970s and its storylines have constructed one of the most complete and complex future-scapes in science fiction. Central to Gundam are the huge, occasionally dysfunctional, battle suits used by the characters to settle squabbles that arise as humanity fights over resources and power. The robotic engineering, the low-gravity control mechanisms and the life-support systems will all be subjects at the Gundam Academy. One aeronautics expert involved in the project said that, as a serious scientist, he can see clearly which parts of Gundam are technically feasible and which are not. Nuclear-powered thermal rockets and spherical helper robots should be pursued, he said. At a recent symposium held by the founders of the academy and academics, there were lively discussions about emulating the protective coating which prevents the fictional battle suits burning-up on atmospheric re-entry, and the airbags that protect the pilot from the violent lurches of battle. The underlying storyline in the Gundam series is one of political strife, endless war and the challenges that arise when mankind begins to move away from Earth. Shinya Hashizume, a professor of urban planning and architecture at Osaka Prefectural University, said: "Gundam presents the reader with many challenges that we will encounter. Scientific research in Japan desperately needs a flow of new ideas." If they are successful, the founders of the project told The Times, institutions and companies across Japan could embark on new fields of research: everything from the perfection of a universal translation device to moon settlements and the construction of a mega-particle cannon. Shinichi Nakasuka, a professor of astronautics at the University of Tokyo and one of the founders of the academy, said: "Studying fiction is an excellent way to get ideas about the future. Scientists often restrict their way of thinking to what they factually know. The comic shows how ordinary people without much deep scientific knowledge can come up with very good ideas." Have your say Gundam is well-known for using concepts from real science (O'Neill colonies at L-points for example) and is not only about giant robot punch-em-ups. Some it's mechanical designers, like Katoki Hajime, have an engineering background. Scientists and engineers are often fans of the show's science. Michael, London, United Kingdom not what on the drawingboard means David, beijing, China Have your say Please note the maximum number of characters is 300. Queen reveals food fight with Moroccan king Peasants' Games A Chinese farmer prepares to race with a tractor tyre during the 100 metre tyre-pushing event. Two months after China's elite athletes dazzled the world at the Beijing Olympics, its 750 million peasant farmers are taking their turn in the sporting spotlight this week at the Peasant Games. Nationalist leader's ultimatum The Dalai Lama flees Tibet Averaging 12 miles a day through the Himalyas, the Dalai Lama is shown journeying through the Karpo Pass. This website is published by a member of the News International Group. News International Limited, 1 Virginia St, London E98 1XY, is the holding company for the News International group and is registered in England No 81701.