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Robot arm beats a master swordsman at slicing things

It’s a totally unfair fight since this Yaskawa Bushido industrial robot arm basically stole all of master swordsman Isao Machii’s moves and is not human, so it can be programmed and won’t get tired, but it’s really fun to see man vs machine swinging swords to see who can slice things best with diagonal cuts, rising… » 6/05/15 10:07pm 6/05/15 10:07pm

Samurai Star Wars is 12 parsecs worth of neat

Now that Disney bought Star Wars, I hope they get a little bit riskier and produce new stuff loosely based on the classic trilogy. A Japanese version would look amazing, as these cool action figures demonstrate. It's only a natural step—as George Lucas' original saga was directly influenced by Kurosawa's work. » 12/26/14 12:52pm 12/26/14 12:52pm

Man in Underwear Stabs His Computer with a Samurai Sword When Police Search for Child Porn

Florida doesn't get weirder than this: Kamil Mezalka, a 21-year-old man, stabbed his hard drive with a two-handed Samurai sword after the police stormed his house looking for evidence of child pornography. He apparently did all this in his underwear while the police were present. » 5/10/12 3:40pm 5/10/12 3:40pm

Samurai Sword Maker Holds The Key To Nuclear Reactors

In testament to old world craftsmanship, Japan Steel Works is both a samurai sword maker and the only company in the world that's good enough with steel to produce the central part of a nuclear reactor's containment vessel in one piece, an engineering necessity in order to reduce the risk of radioactive leaks. The… » 3/14/08 9:59am 3/14/08 9:59am