Takuro Watanabe is a wacky tuning genius. He built a 2JZ-powered S14 Nissan Silvia that has four turbochargers, a hand-activated second throttle body, and a small jet engine on the rear wing for downforce. On top of that, he has a Fierarri F40, and an enormous jet engine that he plans to put into a car. He might be out of his mind, or he might be brilliant. I think it's the latter.
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Once again, scientists are looking inward to explore the next frontier. Researchers at Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced this week that an excavation is planned in which the team will attempt to successfully drill all the way through Earth's crust for the first time in history.
In a disturbing repeat of last year, Japanese whalers returned to port Friday with the carcasses of 333 minke whales on board. Since 1986, a global moratorium has banned the hunting of whales, but Japan claims the killings are being done for "scientific research".
Last week, we told you about the weird case of Korea's first fully-fledged adaptation of Super Sentai — Power Rangers: Dino Force Brave, an original continuation of the Japanese show that would be adapted into Power Rangers: Dino Charge here in the West. Well, now there's footage from the new show, and it's even weirder than we expected.
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week — and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up.
It was only a drill. Staff at the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo recently chased an unlucky coworker dressed in a droopy chimpanzee suit during an escaped animal drill. Eventually, the zookeepers shot at the costumed human with a tranquilliser gun, loaded the poor guy into a truck and, hopefully, paid for all the beers at happy hour.
Late last year, the Netherlands defence ministry confirmed that two of its ships lost during World War II had disappeared from the bottom of the Java Sea, likely the result of illegal salvaging. Now, a trio of Japanese shipwrecks off Borneo have likewise been torn apart for scrap, highlighting what appears to be a growing problem.
As many know, the heroes of Power Rangers aren't a wholly western creation — they're really the stars of Super Sentai, a Japanese kid's franchise that's over four decades old. Since Power Rangers began, nearly every Super Sentai series since has been adapted for the show, but not all of them have made it over. These are the Power Ranger shows that could have been.
With the second season of the anime finally on its way, the bestselling manga continuing unabated and not just two live-action movies but even an entire spin-off TV show under its belt, there's a lot of Attack on Titan out there in 2017. But it turns out Warner Bros. believes you can never have too many giant, naked, human-chomping monsters.