Robots make coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

Robot barista named "Sawyer" makes a coffee at Henn-na Cafe, Japanese meaning "Strange Cafe"in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP)
Updated 02 February 2018
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Robots make coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

TOKYO:Japan has a robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.
The robot barista Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya.
The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer, declaring to make a cup that tastes better than one made by humans.
It grinds coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee costs 320 yen ($3) and takes a few minutes.
The cafe operator, travel agency H.I.S. Co., says robots can increase productivity while also entertaining customers.


Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

  • The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed
  • At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A Sumatran elephant has been found dead with its tusks removed in an apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal, an Indonesian conservation official said Friday.
The 10-year-old male’s rotting corpse was found in Blang Awe village in Aceh province earlier this week.
“His tusks were missing and there were traces of blood in the location where he was found,” Aceh conservation center head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.
Officials estimated the animal had been dead for at least a week when the carcass was discovered.
The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed, Prabowo said.
Tissue samples will be analyzed for signs of poisoning.
Rampant deforestation has reduced the species’ natural habitat and brought them into conflict with humans, while their tusks are prized in the illegal wildlife trade.
At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans.
In July, a Sumatran elephant was found dead from apparent poisoning in a palm oil plantation.
The environment ministry estimates only around 500 Sumatran elephants remain in Aceh.