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Robot at Miraikan di Tokyo / Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (館 科学 未来 Nippon Kagaku Mirai-kan), known simply as Miraikan (literally 館, literally “Museum of the Future”), is a museum created by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

It was opened in 2001. It is located in a new building specially designed in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. It can be accessed through the fully automated transit system without Yurikamome driver from the center of Tokyo in about 15 minutes.

Some highlights include the real-time display of data from a wide variety of seismometers throughout Japan that show the country vibrating smoothly. Occasional earthquakes in which Japan is observed are shown as larger movements. Visitors can search the online database for recent earthquake activity.

A section of the rock core taken through the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (boundary K-T) records a major meteorite impact event that is believed to have led to the final demise of the dinosaurs. Asimo, the Honda robot [1] is one of the star attractions along with the maglev train model.

Geo-Cosmos
The prominent high-resolution globe of Geo-Cosmos shows near-real-time events of global climatic patterns, ocean temperatures and vegetation cover, among other geographical, scientific [2] and socioeconomic issues. [3] The Geo-Cosmos spherical screen consists of 10,362 OLED panels, each 96 x 96 mm in size. [2] The first and only of its kind was rebuilt in 2010 and reintroduced in its current form in June 2011, after the Tohoku earthquake caused the museum to close for three months. The president of the United States, Barack Obama, visited Miraikan on April 24, 2014, addressing Japanese students in front of the Geo-Cosmos exhibition. [4] Noting the uniqueness of the screen, he said: “As far as I know, we do not have one of those great balloons …” [5]

The Geo-Cosmos, together with Geo-Palette and Geo-Scope, is part of the Tsunagari permanent exhibition.

Geo-palette
Miraikan adopted a unique map projection called the AuthaGraph projection as its official global mapping tool. The AuthaGraph projection was developed by the Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa in 1999. “This method of projection transfers a three-dimensional sphere [sic] to a two-dimensional rectangle while maintaining the proportions of the areas.With this method, the ‘AuthaGraph World Map’ achieves transfer an image of the spherical Earth to a flat surface while evenly distributing the distortion. ”

Special exhibitions
Each year between three and six exhibitions are specially produced and curated, with science and art often superimposed. They dealt with a wide range of topics, from “Toilet – Human waste and the future of the Earth” to “The making of the Tokyo sky tree” and the “Terminator exhibition: Battle or coexistence? Robots and our future”.

Source text: Wikipedia

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