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Fastest solar powered vehicle

The fastest speed attained by a solar-powered vehicle is 91.332 km/h (56.75 mph) and was achieved by Kenjiro Shinozuka (Japan), who drove Ashiya University’s Sky Ace TIGA at Shimojishima Airport, in Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan, on 20 August 2014. Kenjiro Shinozuka is a rally driver with a vast experience in participating in races. Team Shinozuka was created in 2012, and following participation in several solar car races, the Team tried to break the record for the Fastest solar-powered vehicle, but both in 2012 and in 2013 Continue reading →

First android avatar

Geminoid HI-1 is a humanoid doppelgänger built by Hiroshi Ishiguro (Japan) is the first true android avatar. Its innards are covered with a silicone mould of Ishiguro himself, and it can be used as his avatar – that is, using motion-capture and voice-relay systems, Ishiguro can have his robot double duplicate his movements remotely, allowing him to teach a class without needing to be there in person. Pressurized air is used to give Geminoid micro-movements such as blinking and fidgeting, and the chest even moves Continue reading →

First anime film to win an Oscar

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi aka Spirited Away (Japan 2001) is the first anime to win an Oscar, for Best Animated Feature, when it took the prize during the Academy Award ceremony at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA on 23 March 2003. At 124 minutes, Hayao Miyazaki’s (Japan) blockbuster is also the longest movie to win in this category.

First confirmed person to survive two nuclear attacks

Tsutomu Yamaguchi (Japan, b. 16 March 1916) was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945, when a US B-29 aeroplane dropped the 12-15-kiloton “Little Boy” atomic bomb on the city, killing 140,000 people. Suffering burns to his upper body, Tsutomu managed to return to his hometown of Nagasaki on 8 August. The next day the US Army dropped “Fat Boy”, a 20-22-kiloton bomb on the city, the first use of a plutonium weapon. Around 73,000 people died in the attack, but Tsutomu Continue reading →

First game to feature boss warnings

Now a firm staple of 2D shooters, the first game to feature an alert for an upcoming boss fight was the horizontally-scrolling shmup Darius, with its legendary signal: “WARNING! A HUGE BATTLESHIP…IS APPROACHING FAST”. Such alerts have since been adopted by the likes of Ikaruga (Treasure, 2001) and now appear on T-shirts and other gaming merchandise. Featured in Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2011