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English archers had their longbows, Old West sheriffs had their six-guns, but samurai warriors had the most fearsome weapon of all: the razor-sharp, unsurpassed technology of the katana, or samurai sword. In this program, NOVA probes the centuries-old secrets that went into forging what many consider the perfect blade.

The beauty and lethality of the curved steel blade became identified with the distinctive culture of those who wielded it so expertly: the samurai warriors of medieval Japan, celebrated in countless Japanese woodcuts, prints, and films. Fifteen traditional Japanese craftsmen spent nearly six months creating the sword that NOVA follows through production, from smelting the ore to forging the steel to sharpening the blade to a keen edge, capable of slicing through a row of warriors at one swoop; although NOVA does not put the super-weapon to this ultimate test.

Not that samurai sword fighting has died out; far from it. The program also traces the schooling of a modern-day devotee of samurai combat: Midori Tanaka, a receptionist for a Japanese electronics firm by day and a blade buff by night. For Tanaka it’s a family tradition, since her father, Fumon Tanaka, is a grand master swordsman.

Father and daughter show their mutual respect with a breathtaking test of skill. Midori draws a bow, aiming an arrow directly at her father’s heart. His only protection is his sword. When she releases the string, he slices the speeding arrow in half, inches from its target.

Japanese sword-making developed centuries ago, before electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and other tools of modern materials analysis enabled scientists to understand exactly why the swords are as good as they are. Professor Michael Notis of Lehigh University, an expert on samurai swords, sheds light on the principles that underlie the weapons’ strength, resilience, beauty, and distinctive shape.

For example, during smelting, iron-ore sand is heated with charcoal, which provides a source of carbon that alloys with the iron to create steel. Ancient craftsmen deliberately stopped just short of a uniform liquid state for the white-hot steel, which resulted in a product with varying amounts of carbon throughout. The harder high-carbon steel was forged into the sword’s edge, which had to be hard and sharp, while the more resilient low-carbon steel was used as the core of the weapon to produce a blade resistant to breaking during combat.

This sandwich of two different types of steel contracted at different rates during rapid cooling, or quenching, which caused the blade to warp lengthwise, giving it its distinctive curve that proved so deadly when wielded in a slashing arc. “The unique aspect of the Japanese sword is that the craftsmen were able to put the right materials in the right place to get optimum properties for the entire object,” Notis tells NOVA.

Without access to the insights of modern science, Japanese craftsmen a millennium ago worked out an exacting method that is still followed by a devoted few and that produces the Stradivarius of swords.

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Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child (Full Version)

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From the makers of the award-winning documentaries Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging and The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane? comes this searing new documentary, exposing how devastating—and deadly—psychiatric drugs can be for children and families. Behind the grim statistics of deaths, suicides, birth defects and serious adverse reactions is the human face of this global drugging epidemic—the personal stories of loss and courage of those who paid the real price. Psychiatrists claim their drugs are safe for children? Once you hear what eight brave mothers, their families, health experts, drug counselors and doctors have to say instead, you will come away convinced of one thing… Psychiatrists are DEAD WRONG.

 

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  • Horrific what my son went threw this summer! The “professionals” cranked up and cut off medicine at unsafe intervals. Made my son crazy with a cocktail of anti psychotic medications and had the nerve to tell me when I begged and begged them to stop that I didn’t know my son. It is amazing he didn’t die in their care. Thank God for emails and recordings of my son before and after medications! Proof of him before and after! Lies told by the nurses and doctors were also captured on audio recording. To anyone who has to take on the mental health “professionals”, document, use audio recorders because if you check the mental health care laws, those who are deemed “Mental” have less rights than a criminal and are so drugged up they can’t defend themselves. Be very careful what you say to them, they can turn a bad situation into a living nightmare. Thank you for this documentary and you did a fantastic job.

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  • I feel your pain. My child was stolen by the actions of my ex-wife at 14, claiming she needed mental health services. She has been i several youth mental hospitals and on various drugs. She now lives in a world completely disassociated from reality. She is 16 now, and un-supervised, and near insane. I can’t do a thing about it, but mourn the loss of my daughter and show up for every court date that is always put off. I blame the whole Juvenile Court system and the despicable persons of DHS. At least, you still have your son. Thank God.

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