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http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-09-20-voa62.cfm

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Scientists say they have evidence that a ferocious dinosaur made famous by the movie Jurassic Park definitely had feathers.  Experts say the dinosaur, called Velociraptor, had a wing structure just like modern birds.  VOA's Jessica Berman reports.

A new study by American researcher Alan Turner and his colleagues provides the first conclusive evidence that Velociraptor, a sprinting, vicious dinosaur that lived some 80 million years ago, had feathers.
 
The Velociraptor in the current study is estimated to have been one meter tall, 1.5 meters long and weighed just over 13 kilograms.

Turner, a graduate student at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and lead author of the study, says Velociraptor appears to have been a smaller creature than in Jurassic Park, but just as nasty.

"It's sort of as if you scaled up a chicken and then gave it really nasty teeth and big claws on its feet," he said.

Oh man, an overgrown chicken with nasty teeth?


"Clever girl." XD

At least Dr. Grant was right though, they were really related to birds.

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Video Games / Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
« on: September 21, 2007, 09:26:25 AM »
As a Resident Evil fan and a Wii owner I feel I need to make a thread on this game. When it was first announced I didn't think much of it but as time went by it started to look better and better and now I can't wait to get it.

For those that haven't heard of it, it's an on-rail shooter la The House of the Dead in which the details behind the fall of Umbrella Corp. will be revealed. You'll play through levels set during RE0, RE1, RE2 and RE3, plus the obligatory new areas and events taking place between RE3 and RE4. The game will be compatible with the Wii Zapper, an accessory combining the Wiimote and Nunchuk into a single rifle-like device, and a bundle is already planned (while we're on that topic, the Wii Zapper by itself will be sold $19.90 with a small game called Zelda: Crossbow Training).

I could talk more about it but I'll just say that it seems Capcom's aim is to please the fans as much as possible with this game, and that it's already considered by all those who've tried it to be far above the other rail shooter spin-offs they released in the past. For more details and trailers please check these links:

http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?id=3393
http://wii.ign.com/objects/827/827187.html
http://www.gamespot.com/wii/action/residentevilseries/index.html

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News & Not News / Raytheon develops the Pain Gun
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:09:02 AM »
Dailymail article

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"Where do I put my finger? There ... OK? Nothing's happening ... is it on?"

"Yes, it's on. Move your finger a bit closer."

"Er ... ow! OW!" Not good. I try again. "OWWW!" I pull my hand away sharpish. My finger is throbbing, but seems undamaged.

I was told people can take it for a second, maximum. No way, not for a wimp like me.

I try it again. It is a bit like touching a red-hot wire, but there is no heat, only the sensation of heat. There is no burn mark or blister.

They're calling it the Silent Guardian. I find it awesome, though I definitely understand why the guy's frightened. This means perfect torture, straight out of Dune. No physical damage, just pure pain sent directly to the nerves. It can fire its invisible ray half a mile away too.

Official page: http://www.raytheon.com/products/silent_guardian/
An older BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6297149.stm
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Denial_System

Can I have one that fires over the Internet? :judo:

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Current Episodes / Episode 289
« on: September 13, 2007, 03:31:22 AM »

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-traindeath_websep07,1,975134.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

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Video captured by cameras at a train station shows a mother driving her four children in a mini-van was trying to race a freight train to a crossing before the vehicle was hit by two trains.

The woman's two daughters were killed in the Saturday morning collision, and her two sons were injured. The driver, Edie Bolanos, remained hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday , officials said.

Seriously, it takes all kinds of stupid to do something like this. And with her kids? It's just so irresponsible...

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Video Games / Original Command & Conquer available for free
« on: September 01, 2007, 09:04:54 AM »
http://www.commandandconquer.com/intel/default.aspx?id=61#NewsMain

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Thanks largely to the efforts of our loyal fans whom continue to sustain and grow the Command & Conquer community, Command & Conquer has become a legendary franchise and its time to celebrate its birth once again.

In order to give back to the fans for over 12 years of devotion we are putting together a 12th Anniversary celebration during the month of September. However, as any Command & Conquer fan knows, the true party starts today, August 31st, which marks 12 years since Command & Conquer Gold launched way back in 1995.

To kick the celebration off, today we have a special surprise which we are certain new and old Command & Conquer fans will enjoy. We are providing the original Command & Conquer Gold as a free download, compatible for Windows XP! This is the same version included with the collectors pack Command & Conquer: The First Decade, and is now available for you to download for free!

I think it's a nice move honestly, especially coming from EA.

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Berserk Merchandise / AOW - New T-shirts
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:25:56 PM »
Received this email from AOW today.

Quote from: AOW
[JAPAN MADE]

● The More Being Worn, The More Comfortable It Becomes
● All Producing Processes, From Sewing To Quality Controlling Are Carried Out In Japan

There are 3 types for you to choose:

Berserk T-shirt 「Knight of Skeleton Ⅰ」 (see the image below)
Berserk T-shirt 「Knight of Skeleton Ⅱ」
Berserk T-shirt 「Eclipse」

For more details, please refer to http://www.art-of-war.co.jp



■ Pre-ordering will start at 11:00am, 7 September (Japanese time)

For those with bad eyesight, the text on the t-shirt says: "we are nothing more than shadows on water" with "Art of waR" written under it. Personally I think it's pretty ugly so I'll pass unless the other two designs end up looking better.

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Current Episodes / Episode 288
« on: July 26, 2007, 08:48:22 PM »


There'll be a break after this issue. Next episode will be released on September 14.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Indiana Jones 4
« on: June 22, 2007, 07:03:23 AM »
First look at Harrison Ford in the movie:

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=21194


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The Man With the Hat is Back! For the first time since 1989, Harrison Ford dons the familiar costume on Thursday, June 21, 2007, as the upcoming "Indiana Jones" adventure begins production under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The new "Indiana Jones" movie is set in the 1950s and stars Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production will be released by Paramount Pictures worldwide on May 22, 2008. The photo was taken by Spielberg!

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Current Episodes / Episode 286
« on: June 18, 2007, 08:40:38 AM »

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Berserk Merchandise / AOW - "Hundred Men Slayer" diorama
« on: May 24, 2007, 04:23:40 PM »
Nothing too specific announced yet but AOW has an ad in the latest MBR volume depicting a future diorama that will represent Guts' battle against a hundred men in his youth. The scale of the diorama will be 1/10 and it appears to be pretty cool, although we'll have to wait for good pictures to judge. It's basically Guts slashing at five mercenaries disposed in a semicircle around him and them all falling under his attack. For details, Guts' cape is blue, he doesn't wear his helmet and the scene shows some blood.

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Berserk Merchandise / AOW Release - Skull Knight on Horse II
« on: May 21, 2007, 04:11:04 PM »
AOW has announced the release of the BERSERK 10th Anniversary "Knight of Skeleton Horse Riding II" which will sell at the price of 63,000Yen (JP tax included). They will be taking preorders starting May 25 at 11:00AM (Japanese time).

The scale will be 1/10 as previously announced. There will be 300 pieces made. The dimensions are (including the base): 35 cm (Height), 42 cm (Width) and 35cm (Depth). As you can see below, will be included with the statue SK's sword in both its normal and Yobimizu no Tsurugi states as well as a glorious SCHNOZ STATUE, making it a guaranteed instant sell.






Thanks Masato at http://www.m-world-service.com/ for the information and pictures. He'll act as a broker and get this shipped to anybody around the world so don't hesitate to contact him.

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Video Games / Starcraft 2
« on: May 19, 2007, 09:13:41 AM »
So it's official, Starcraft 2 is coming out.

http://us.starcraft2.com/

Some gameplay video: http://www.gamebrink.com/pc-games/2858-Starcraft_II-video-2.html

Screenshots are available here.

So, what does everybody think?


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Berserk Merchandise / AOW - Re-issuing beherits
« on: May 15, 2007, 04:25:44 PM »
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Dear Customers,

Thank you for your continued support to ART OF WAR.

We are pleased to inform you that ART OF WAR have decided to re-produce our 2 soldouts: Beherit: Imperial Ball & Beherit: Eclipse.

Pre-ordering will start at 11:00 a.m. 16th May (Japanese time).

Note: Delivery charge will be free if the Beherits are shipped with other statue items together.

Please feel free to access to our homepage for more details of our items and to place orders on 16th May.

www.art-of-war.co.jp/eng

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

ART OF WAR

Usei Tai

An e-mail I got from AOW.

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News & Not News / Fast Food: Ads vs Reality
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:17:38 PM »
Here's a funny comparison, something I'm sure a lot of people notice over the years. Yummy!

http://www.thewvsr.com/adsvsreality.htm

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Current Episodes / Episode 285
« on: April 24, 2007, 04:06:26 AM »

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Zodd statue
« on: April 22, 2007, 07:29:43 AM »
So why isn't this thread in the Merchandise section? Because we're not talking about a resin statue. :zodd:





It was done by a student at the university of Chungnam in Korea, it stands in front of the library. Unfortunately I don't know the sculptor's name (nor technical details about the statue), but props to him. He made it as his final work for graduation.

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Current Episodes / Episode 282
« on: February 08, 2007, 02:07:41 PM »




Making the thread since apparently there isn't going to be a preview this time around.

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News & Not News / Black and White Twins
« on: February 06, 2007, 08:01:24 PM »
Quote from: About.com
A mixed-race British mom gave birth to twins recently - one of each.

No, not a boy and a girl. Two girls - one black, the other white.

[...]

While very rare, the phenomenon is not unknown, though it does entail a very particular combination of circumstances at the moment of conception. First, both parents must be of mixed race. Second, the twins must be fraternal (each conceived from a separate egg fertilized by separate sperm) as opposed to identical (both conceived from a single egg and sperm). Third, each sperm and egg must carry the genes for a particular skin color (i.e., black/black or white/white).

The odds against it are indeed a million to one.


http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_black_and_white_twins.htm

Pretty interesting happening I think.

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Video Games / Insane NES eBay auction
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:24:45 PM »
That guy's selling a NES with 670 games and all the accessories ever made for it, price is currently at $15,500.

Here's the link


Anybody here want to rise up to the challenge? :SK: My poor 20 or so NES games must be cowering in the attic right now.

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Current Episodes / Episode 281
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:00:57 PM »

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Berserk Merchandise / AOW - Guts & Farnese resin kits
« on: January 13, 2007, 07:05:38 AM »
Quote from: Art of War
To commemorate ART OF WAR's 10th anniversary, 100 sets of "Guts & Farnese" in the state of resin kits as a special offer will be released.

Everyone can make a try to create your own original works by arranging the shape in details and changing the colors, etc.

For especially well-done works, we will upload your photos on ART OF WAR's homepage.

Open for order at 11:00 a.m. 20 January (Japanese time)

Guts & Farnese ~Model Kits~

http://www.art-of-war.co.jp/english/index.php

ART OF WAR

Has it been 10 years already for AOW? Time flies. Anyway, do I read a challenge here guys? I want at least one photo from SK.net on there, and pronto! :SK:

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Video Games / Bestelling game franchises
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:24:52 PM »
Following a rather boring article about Eidos, The Independent has published a list of the 20 bestselling video game franchises (worldwide). I figured it'd be interesting to post it here as there are some surprises:

01. Mario193 million units sold worldwide(Nintendo)
02. Pokemon155 million(Nintendo)
03. Final Fantasy68 million(Square Enix)
04. Madden NFL56 million(Electronic Arts)
05. The Sims54 million(Maxis/Electronic Arts)
06. Grand Theft Auto50 million(Rockstar)
07. Donkey Kong48 million(Nintendo)
08. The Legend of Zelda47 million(Nintendo)
09. Sonic the Hedgehog44 million(Sega)
10. Gran Turismo44 million(Sony Computer Entertainment)
11. Lineage43 million(NCsoft)
12. Dragon Quest41 million(Square Enix)
13. Crash Bandicoot34 million(Sony Computer Entertainment/Vivendi Games)
14. Resident Evil31 million(Capcom)
15. James Bond30 million(multiple editors)
16. Tomb Raider30 million(Eidos Interactive)
17. Mega Man26 million(Capcom)
18. Command & Conquer25 million(Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts)
19. Street Fighter25 million(Capcom)
20. Mortal Kombat20 million(Midway)

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News & Not News / Giant Squid filmed alive
« on: December 23, 2006, 12:46:15 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/12/22/giant.squid.ap/index.html

Quote from: CNN
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.

"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future." Giant squid, formally called Architeuthis, are the world's largest invertebrates. Because they live in the depths of the ocean, they have long been wrapped in mystery and embellished in the folklore of sea monsters, appearing in ancient Greek myths or attacking the submarine in Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

The captured squid was caught using a smaller type of squid as bait, and was pulled into a research vessel "after putting up quite a fight," Kubodera said. "It took two people to pull it in, and they lost it once, which might have caused the injuries that killed it," he said. The squid, a female, was not fully grown and was relatively small by giant squid standards. The longest one on record is 60 feet, he said.

Goddamn sea monster. And from what they're saying there might be a lot more of these than we previously thought. They've got a video in the article too, check it out. Now who's with me for having a buffed up version attack Guts' boat? :guts:

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