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Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Technology
In the opening scene of Toy Story, released in 1995, a cluster of boxes is scattered across a child's bedroom. The sun streams into the room as a Mr Potato Head doll demands money from a seemingly stricken cast of plastic and plush toys outside a cardboard bank. Into the picture arrives the hero - a cowboy sheriff made of plastic and fabric with a pull-string to make him speak. The sheriff casts a shadow over the villainous potato who flees from the law. It's a scene plucked from a child's imagination. It was also the culmination of decades of development in computer animation. This year two of the men behind those advancements, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, are the recipients of the Turing Award. The award recognizes "lasting and...
Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

World
By Lucia Binding, news reporter A man suspected of killing 33 people in an arson attack at an animation studio in Japan reportedly started the fire because "he had been plagiarised".According to local media reports, the 41-year-old told police he planned the deadly blaze after the company stole his novel. A witness told reporters that he "seemed to be discontented, he seemed to get angry, shouting something about how he had been plagiarised". Image: Investigators are scouring the building for clues about what happened The blaze in Kyoto is the worst mass killing since a suspected arson attack in Tokyo killed 44 people in 2001.It is believed the suspect shouted "die!" as he poured a liquid, believe...
Kyoto Animation fire: At least 23 dead after suspected arson attack

Kyoto Animation fire: At least 23 dead after suspected arson attack

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 26 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said. Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning. Police say the suspect, a 41-year-old, sprayed petrol before igniting it.Some people still remain unaccounted for, broadcaster NHK reported. The suspect has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the incident was "too appalling for words" and offered condolences to those affected.How did the incident unfold?The fire broke out at the three-storey building at around 10:30 local time (01:35 GMT...