But we may soon have more clues to the real origins of the ninja tradition. That's in part because in July 2017, a Japanese university announced the opening of the world's first international ninja research center. Mie University is located in Iga, in Mie Prefecture, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Kyoto, where the first and most famous ninja "school" may have existed in the 16th century. The new research center will house not only historical documents related to the ninja, but also hundreds of novels, movies and cartoons that have helped to forge the modern image of the black-clad assassin. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction
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Coordinates in the Sky "The purpose is to be able to uniquely specify a location in the sky. It's just like latitude and longitude on Earth," Rick Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society, explains in an email. "If you tell someone to meet you in Littleton, Colorado, at 39°36'47.9484''N, 105°0'59.9292''W they will not only know which town you're in but also which street corner you're waiting at.... It wouldn't be very useful to someone else to know only which town you're in — you need to be more precise if you have any hope of being found by the other person." … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?