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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.
For Japan, they are the stuff of high academia.
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.
XnavxeMiyyep (782119) writes "For those of you who didn't notice, every single featured YouTube video on July 26th was Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain or some cover or variant of the music video. YouTube suspiciously claimed in its blog that it was Tay Zonday Day, dedicated to the artist, despite never having done anything similar before now. The blog entry was deleted soon after the featured videos returned to normal (although Tay Zonday's original Chocolate Rain remains), but not after a group of people, claiming to be from eBaum's World, took responsibility for what happened."