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SoftBank warns against sex with its android Pepper

Japan, 2015

android Pepper

The company behind a chatty Japanese android named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them.

Mobile phone giant SoftBank, which sells the units in Japan, states in its user agreement, “The policy owner must not perform any sexual act or other indecent behavior.”

The wise-cracking Pepper — which, according to its makers, can read people’s emotions — costs ¥198,000 ($1,650).

SoftBank warned buyers that the pint-size droid cannot be used outside or to inflict harm on human beings.

Other clauses prohibit using Pepper to send out spam email.

The ban on sex with the plastic machine — which stands just 120 cm (47 inches) tall and moves on rollers — is the most baffling, causing social media in Japan to light up in amazement.

The fine print is somewhat ambiguous, with some people taking it to mean customers are not actually barred from physical relations with the droid, just from using it for “improper purposes.”

SoftBank said lewd acts could trigger punitive action, although exactly what kind of punishment offenders face — and how anyone would ever find out — was not made clear.

However, a spokesman for the company made clear that tampering with the robot’s software to give it a sexy voice is a definite no-no.

Pepper, which is also used widely in SoftBank stores to greet customers, went on sale in June, and the initial shipment of 1,000 units sold out online in one minute.

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Both Chambers of Russian Parliament Discuss Terrorism During Joint Meeting

Russia, 2015


Both upper and lower houses of the Russian Parliament — the Federation Council and the State Duma — met for a joint session ?n Friday for the first time since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.

The topic of terrorism and a possible terror threat to the country dominated the proceedings.

During the session, Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko proposed creating an international tribunal for terrorists and giving the special law enforcement services more power. Her deputy Ilyas Umakhanov suggested that special penal colonies for terrorists should be created.

Former chairman of the Federation Council and current leader of the A Just Russia party Sergei Mironov went further and said the death penalty should be reinstated for terrorists.

At the end of the session a joint statement was issued: “Those present at this joint session consider it necessary to support the decisive measures undertaken by the president, including military intervention in Syria, as well as proposals to apply the [UN charter article 51] about the right of countries to self-defense,” senators and deputies said in the statement, the Vedomosti newspaper reported.

The statement included the intention to toughen criminal penalties for terrorism, as well as aiding and abetting terrorists, and to tighten security measures. Migration legislation should also be improved in order to make sure terrorists wouldn't be allowed into the country, the statement said. The proposals would be the basis for new bills, said senator Andrei Klishas, Vedomosti reported.

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New Natural Drug for Diabetes Reaches Second-stage Trial

Korea, 2012

Natural Drug

Han Wha Pharma(Kim, Kyoungrak / President) revealed on June 19 that it has won the Korea Food and Drug Administration’s approval to conduct a second-stage clinical trial for its new herbal medicinal products against diabetic endothelial dysfunction.

The drug, “YJP-14” is made from natural substances and has been proven safe for long term use based on animal tests. Its effects increase nitric oxide while removing reactive oxygen species in endothelial dysfunction, which had been previously unattainable through existing drugs. Such action enables the blood vessels to recover homeostasis, a possible fundamental solution to the dysfunction. Han Wha expects the new drug will not only help treat diabetic people but assist cardiovascular disease patients in preventing and treating similar disorders.

The project (“Development of endothelial dysfunction treatment through increasing nitric oxide”) was selected as a promising task by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, bringing government attention to the forthcoming trials.

Dr. Kang, Moonkyu of Han Wha Pharma research institution said “We have been conducting research in standardization of the drug with Professor Valerie B. Schini-Kerth of University of Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and we expect it would contribute to enter into European market in the future.”

Han Wha said the clinical trials for the drug will be conducted through top notch medical institutions for cardiovascular disease treatment.

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