Project "S"

Manhattan Project

(1942–45) U.S. government research project that produced the first atomic bomb. In 1939 U.S. scientists urged Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt to establish a program to study the potential military use of fission, and $6,000 was appropriated. By 1942 the project was code-named Manhattan, after the site of Columbia University, where much of the early research was done. Research also was carried out at the University of California and the University of Chicago. In 1943 a laboratory to construct the bomb was established at Los Alamos, N.M., and staffed by scientists headed by J. Robert Oppenheimer. Production also was carried out at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash. The first bomb was exploded in a test at Alamogordo air base in southern New Mexico. By its end the project had cost some $2 billion and had involved 125,000 people.

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U.S. research effort initiated in 1990 by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health to analyze the DNA of human beings. The project, intended to be completed in 15 years, proposed to identify the chromosomal location of every human gene, to determine each gene's precise chemical structure in order to show its function in health and disease, and to determine the precise sequence of nucleotides of the entire set of genes (the genome). Another project was to address the ethical, legal, and social implications of the information obtained. The information gathered will be the basic reference for research in human biology and will provide fundamental insights into the genetic basis of human disease. The new technologies developed in the course of the project will be applicable in numerous biomedical fields. In 2000 the government and the private corporation Celera Genomics jointly announced that the project had been virtually completed, five years ahead of schedule.

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Project 'S' is a series of works based on the Snatcher video game series. This revival of the franchise is a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Goichi Suda. As announced in the Weekly Famitsu, the first production in the project will be a radio drama, with Suda being both the writer and one of the voice actors, and Kojima making a cameo appearance as well. Other works within the project have not yet been revealed.

Speculation of a Snatcher video game

A video game installment was rumored to be revealed by Grasshopper Manufacture during the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, but the new game turned out to be No More Heroes. Goichi Suda did, however appear on Kojima Productions' Hidechan Radio, hinting that he hoped to work with Kojima after No More Heroes. Somewhat contradictorily, however, Suda later stated to IGN that he was planning to work on an Xbox 360 project once No More Heroes was released. When asked about Project 'S', Suda could not comment. This interview throws the validity of the upcoming video game rumor into question, although this may have resulted from Hideo Kojima's schedule with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, as he essentially lacked the ability to work on other projects at the time. Both games have since been released, and it is currently unknown if a Snatcher game is indeed in development but it is likely with the secrecy that both Kojima and Suda approach a project it is likely.


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