By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The official Transformers Facebook page
has updated with a pretty cool compilation image that traces the evolution of the new helicopter member of the Aerialbots, Alpha Bravo. Alpha Bravo is a reimagined Slingshot, though the comics by IDW make him a separate character in his own right.
This image charts the progress of a Transformer design from the early sketches, through the grey model prototype phase and the color charts, right down to the final design.
The sharp eyed might notice, though, that there is a different head in the top right of the document to the one on Alpha Bravo. Alpha Bravo has a faceplate, a visor, and other details around the head are also different. Which begs the question - is this an earlier head design before concepts for the character went a different direction, or is this a stealthy glance at a potential alternate head for use on a remold of Alpha Bravo as Protectobot Blades - whose head features some of the design elements shown in the sketch, and others could be explained away as Hasbro's reinterpretation of the classic head design.Read Replies (0)
By Roblimo from Slashdot's the-coolest-conference-in-our-country's-upper-left-hand-corner department
says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW.
So if you have an idea for a session
, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors
are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free exhibit space because this is a conference that exists for the community, not to make money for a corporate owner. But don't delay. As you can imagine, those free exhibit spots tend to fill up early. (Alternate Video Link
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By Soulskill from Slashdot's finally-explains-why-your-ears-stick-out-so-far department
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Quanta Magazine:Most genetic research to date has focused on just 1 percent of the genome — the areas that code for proteins. But new research, published today in Science, provides an initial map for the sections of the genome that orchestrate this protein-building process. "It's one thing to have the book — the big question is how you read the book," said Brendan Frey, a computational biologist at the University of Toronto who led the new research (abstract).
For example, researchers can use the model to predict what will happen to a protein when there’s a mistake in part of the regulatory code. Mutations in splicing instructions have already been linked to diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy, a leading cause of infant death, and some forms of colorectal cancer. In the new study, researchers used the trained model to analyze genetic data from people afflicted with some of those diseases. The scientists identified some known mutations linked to these maladies, verifying that the model works. They picked out some new candidate mutations as well, most notably for autism.
One of the benefits of the model, Frey said, is that it wasn’t trained using disease data, so it should work on any disease or trait of interest. The researchers plan to make the system publicly available, which means that scientists will be able to apply it to many more diseases.Read Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
Takara Tomy official website has been updated
with an announcement stating that Toys”R”Us Japan is giving away 3000 limited edition Q Transformers Transparent AOE 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee figures when you purchase 5 or more Q Transformers figures.
Stores: Nationwide (Japan) Toys”R” Us outlets
Condition: Purchase 5 or more Q Transformers figures on a single Checkout.
Dates: December 26, 2014 to December 31, 2014 for 1000 Customers (across Japan) and January 1, 2015 to January 12, 2015 for 2000 Customers (across Japan)Read Replies (0)
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
Fans Toys' next release is eminent and will be swooping
into your collections soon! TFW2005 has an early look at the final packaged version of FT-05, Iron Dibots #2, Soar. We've done up over 90 high resolution shots of him in action today, all attached to this story after the break!
We'll forgo a proper review and let the pics speak for themselves, but feel free to ask questions in the thread and we will try to answer!Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's quick-destroy-all-the-remaining-copies-of-Battlebots department
writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
TFW2005 boards member uranusdd
(original source via Weibo member 软体动物), shared with us another new project, this time headed by the toy company Ori Toy, most notably known for their Acid Rain toy line. We don't have much to go off of right now besides one image that reveals they are working on some type of Optimus Prime figure, slated to be released in 2015. What the project entails is not known right now, so time to speculate and share your thoughts by hitting the discussion link below!Read Replies (0)