By Mechafire from TFW2005
Some new details have been posted on the Transformers Universe
website about some new characters featured in the game - Swagger and Diabla. Check it:Meet Swagger and Diabla
The faction war intensifies between the Autobots and Decepticons with the reveal of the latest two warriors, available to recruit in the next game update.
When his mentor left him, Autobot Swagger had to fend for himself and learn how to fight the hard way. This led to an unorthodox style, combining dazzling swordsmanship with high-tech gadgetry. Over-confidence is now this Autobot's weakness, and his biggest challenge is keeping his mouthplate shut. Only under the right command can he stealth like a shinobi, and strike like a samurai! Find out more about him on the video below and his full bio page.
Swagger intro video
Decepticon Diabla is notoriously corrupt and devious, and an archenemy to the entire Autobot army. Small and unassuming at first glance, enemies that get too close will find their systems failing, their Energon depolarized, and an arm blade planted in their mainframe. Find out more about her on the video below and her full bio page.
Diabla intro video
Both of these warriors come with a new vehicle form – motorbikes! Feel the increased agility and ease of making a getaway.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's tyrannosaurus-big-bird department
A new study published in Science
) suggests that most dinosaurs were covered with feathers
. This conclusion was drawn after the discovery of fossils belonging to a 1.5-meter-long, two-legged dinosaur called Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
. "The fossils, which included six skulls and many more bones, greatly broaden the number of families of dinosaurs sporting feathers—downy, ribboned, and thin ones in this case—indicating that plumes evolved from the scales that covered earlier reptiles, probably as insulation." Its distinctiveness from earlier theropod fossil discoveries suggests that feathered dinosaurs appeared much further back in history
than previously thought. Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte said, "This does mean that we can now be very confident that feathers weren't just an invention of birds and their closest relatives, but evolved much deeper in dinosaur history. I think that the common ancestor of dinosaurs probably had feathers, and that all dinosaurs had some type of feather, just like all mammals have some type of hair."Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's big-enough-for-annoying-ads department
An anonymous reader writes: eSports have never been more popular, and many large companies are starting to view them in the same light as traditional sports. The amount of money being thrown around is beginning to rival the money exchanged over sports teams. A recent Dota 2 tournament handed out over $10 million in prizes, and Google's $1 billion purchase of game-streaming site Twitch.tv has now been confirmed. But it doesn't end there — companies like Coca-cola, Intel, Nissan, and major movie studios are looking at the audiences being drawn by eSports and realizing the advertising potential. "Last fall, Riot Games sold out the Staples Center for its League of Legends Championship Series Finals. While 12,000 people watched live in the home of the Lakers and Kings, over 32 million tuned in to the livestream." George Woo, head of a global eSports tournament, said, "Attendance to Intel Extreme Masters events has grown 10X with us filling up sport stadiums, where we have visitors lining up to get a seat to watch the competition. Online it has grown 100X, where we now get more viewers watching livestreams for a single event than we'd have tune in for an entire season in the past."Read Replies (0)
By Jacer from TFW2005
TFW2005 boards member Daimchoc found some official pictures of the 2 upcoming Transformers Protectobots gift sets via HasbroTF on Wiebo. All of the figures are repaints from figures from a vast majority of lines. We have:
Hot Spot from RTS Grappel
Blades from ROTF Blazemaster
First Aid from PRID Ratchet
Groove from Cyberverse Arcee
Streetsmart from Beast Hunters Prowl.
Check out more image after the jump!Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's i-blame-the-schools department
writes: A special issue of Science magazine devoted to 'Vanishing Fauna' publishes a series of articles about the man-caused extinction of species and the implications for ecosystems and the climate. Quoting: "During the Pleistocene epoch, only tens of thousands of years ago, our planet supported large, spectacular animals. Mammoths, terror birds, giant tortoises, and saber-toothed cats, as well as many less familiar species such as giant ground sloths (some of which reached 7 meters in height) and glyptodonts (which resembled car-sized armadillos), roamed freely. Since then, however, the number and diversity of animal species on Earth have consistently and steadily declined. Today we are left with a relatively depauperate fauna, and we continue to lose animal species to extinction rapidly. Although some debate persists, most of the evidence suggests that humans were responsible for extinction of this Pleistocene fauna, and we continue to drive animal extinctions today through the destruction of wild lands, consumption of animals as a resource or a luxury, and persecution of species we see as threats or competitors." Unfortunately, most of the detail is behind a paywall, but the summary should be enough to get the point across.Read Replies (0)
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator
Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider
, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be, this new hero might as well call himself Kamen Driver. Then again, Kamen Rider Black RX had a car and a motorbike, so there's a chance that Drive will have his own moto as well.
Based on the upcoming toy-line, our new Rider's sporting a car motif, and his automobile goes by the name of Trideron. Speaking of cars, 2015's Rider'll transform with a belt called -get this- the Drive Driver. Despite the belt's unoriginal name, I love the fact that the Drive Driver is basically a modernized Showa Rider Belt.Read more...Read Replies (0)