When cars fly: Japan firm says day is nearing
04 September 2020 | 3:23 pm
It might seem like a flight of fancy, but a Japanese firm says it is one step closer to making flying cars a reality after testing a drone-like prototype. The Japanese company Skydrive, which develops urban air mobility solutions, carried out a test flight of its SD-03 electric flying car with a passenger on board. The vehicle, which operates with eight rotors and two propellers arranged at each corner, rose vertically into the air about three meters above the ground and circled a test field for four minutes.
18 Apr 2021
It's whip fast, obeys commands and doesn't leave unpleasant surprises on the floor -- meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China's burgeoning loves: pets and technology. The high-tech hound uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to 'hear' and 'see' its environment -- and can even be taken for walks.
17 Apr 2021
The Japanese government has approved a controversial plan to release radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. South Korea expressed 'strong regret' over the decision.
25 Apr 2021
Japan says it is asking Myanmar to free a Japanese journalist who has been taken into custody amid a crackdown on the opposition.
8 May 2021
With Japan marking the unwelcome milestone of 10,000 coronavirus deaths on Monday, there are growing indications that the public is becoming impatient at the government's slow rollout of the vaccine.
20 May 2021
Japanese shipping companies are looking to reduce their reliance on the Suez Canal. They are stepping up their search for an alternative route connecting East Asia to key markets in Europe.
11 Jun 2021
He's 93 years old, but he's as fast as he ever was. After retiring from taxi driving, Ryuji Urabe gave up his driver's license, sit in the cockpit and became a YouTube sensation after his grandson started sharing online videos of grandpa racing in fancy sports cars.
26 Jun 2021
Gotta catch 'em all! In a bid to attract customers, a Japanese airliner is inviting travellers to find hidden Pikachu monsters on board a newly decorated, Pokemon-themed Boeing 737-800. But first, ahead of a much-awaited congressional hearing, US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell says the US economy is continuing to show "sustained improvement" from the pandemic but that the recovery remains uneven, with unemployment still hitting low-paid workers.
15 Jul 2021
Yoko Nishimura, a Japanese mother and housewife, recreates a dish to be served at the Olympic village. She was one of the winners in the Olympic village food recipe contest, in which her recipe was selected to bring the taste of Japan to athletes competing at the Games. The athletes will also be able to enjoy typical Japanese dishes such as tempura, ramen and wagyu beef -- but only at cafeterias inside the village due to tough virus restrictions.
1 Aug 2021
Ryusei Ouchi looks like your average skateboarder -- the baggy T-shirt, the jeans, the baseball hat. But he also skates with something else: a cane. The 21-year-old, who goes by Jido, has lost 95 percent of his eyesight because of a condition called retinitis pigmentosa.
28 Jul 2021
An energetic squad of cheerleaders whose average age is 70 train in Tokyo for their 25th anniversary performance. Cheerleading is a fun way to stay fit for the "Japan Pom Pom" girls, who get together once a week for a rigorous two-hour practice with almost no break.
8 Aug 2021
3 Aug 2021
Tencent, a giant gaming company in China, has seen billions wiped off its market value. The tumble followed the publication of a critical article in state-affiliated media.
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The second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow saw the two leaders continue high-level talks. Xi has also invited Putin to visit Beijing this year.
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Psychedelic drugs are hyped to be the new hope for treating several mental disorders. But we need to understand how they work before we can start prescribing them.
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Ukraine's National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption has added the Germany-based multinational food wholesaler to its list of "international sponsors of war." Metro is accused of maintaining business with Russia.
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As the West cracks down on Chinese tech, video surveillance firms are also facing increased scrutiny. But global demand for Chinese surveillance cameras isn't waning, despite fears they could be used for spying.
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Following weeks of mass protests and a day of nationwide turmoil, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yielded to pressure and agreed to postpone his controversial judicial reforms as of March 27th. This decision was a significant reversal for his government, which had fired the defense minister just a day earlier in response to his demands for a delay in the divisive law.
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Kenyan President William Ruto vowed on Tuesday to protect his citizens amid the ongoing anti-government protests, which have seen many lose their homes and businesses in the aftermath, while opposition leader Raila Odinga said he will continue on with demonstrations.