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United States Air Force trying to develop Antimatter Weapons

Transformers News: United States Air Force trying to develop Antimatter Weapons
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 8:40pm CDT
Category: Site News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Magnus of Seibertron.com

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Like some science fiction novel, the US Air Force held a press conference in which it outlined the possiblities of developing antimatter weapons. You know ... the stuff G1 Megatron shoots out of his cannon?

Scary, eh?

To summarize the article (summary done by the Summarize sevice in Mac OS X):


The most powerful potential energy source presently thought to be available to humanity, antimatter is a term normally heard in science-fiction films and TV shows, whose heroes fly "antimatter-powered spaceships" and do battle with "antimatter guns."
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During the Cold War, the Air Force funded numerous scientific studies of the basic physics of antimatter. With the knowledge gained, some Air Force insiders are beginning to think seriously about potential military uses -- for example, antimatter bombs small enough to hold in one's hand, and antimatter engines for 24/7 surveillance aircraft.

More cataclysmic possible uses include a new generation of super weapons -- either pure antimatter bombs or antimatter-triggered nuclear weapons; the former wouldn't emit radioactive fallout. Another possibility is antimatter- powered "electromagnetic pulse" weapons that could fry an enemy's electric power grid and communications networks, leaving him literally in the dark and unable to operate his society and armed forces.
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In 1929, Dirac suggested that the building blocks of atoms -- electrons (negatively charged particles) and protons (positively charged particles) -- have antimatter counterparts: antielectrons and antiprotons. One fundamental difference between matter and antimatter is that their subatomic building blocks carry opposite electric charges. Thus, while an ordinary electron is negatively charged, an antielectron is positively charged (hence the term positrons, which means "positive electrons"); and while an ordinary proton is positively charged, an antiproton is negative.
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Unlike regular nuclear bombs, positron bombs wouldn't eject plumes of radioactive debris. When large numbers of positrons and antielectrons collide, the primary product is an invisible but extremely dangerous burst of gamma radiation. Thus, in principle, a positron bomb could be a step toward one of the military's dreams from the early Cold War: a so-called "clean" superbomb that could kill large numbers of soldiers without ejecting radioactive contaminants over the countryside.
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But talk of "clean" superbombs worries critics. " 'Clean' nuclear weapons are more dangerous than dirty ones because they are more likely to be used," said an e-mail from science historian George Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., author of "Project Orion," a 2002 study on a Cold War-era attempt to design a nuclear spaceship. Still, Dyson adds, antimatter weapons are "a long, long way off."
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Edwards' point man in that effort is Gerald Smith, former chairman of physics and Antimatter Project leader at Pennsylvania State University. Smith now operates a small firm, Positronics Research LLC, in Santa Fe, N.M. So far, the Air Force has given Smith and his colleagues $3.7 million for positron research, Smith told The Chronicle in August.

Smith is looking to store positrons in a quasi-stable form called positronium. A positronium "atom" (as physicists dub it) consists of an electron and antielectron, orbiting each other. Normally these two particles would quickly collide and self-annihilate within a fraction of a second -- but by manipulating electrical and magnetic fields in their vicinity, Smith hopes to make positronium atoms last much longer.

Smith's storage effort is the "world's first attempt to store large quantities of positronium atoms in a laboratory experiment," Edwards noted in his March speech. "If successful, this approach will open the door to storing militarily significant quantities of positronium atoms."
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In the meantime, the Air Force has been investigating the possibility of making use of a powerful positron-generating accelerator under development at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. One goal: to see if positrons generated by the accelerator can be stored for long periods inside a new type of "antimatter trap" proposed by scientists, including Washington State physicist Kelvin Lynn, head of the school's Center for Materials Research.

A new generation of military explosives is worth developing, and antimatter might fill the bill, Lynn told The Chronicle: "If we spend another $10 billion (using ordinary chemical techniques), we're going to get better high explosives, but the gains are incremental because we're getting near the theoretical limits of chemical energy."


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Energon DVDs feature new dialogue

Transformers News: Energon DVDs feature new dialogue
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 8:20pm CDT
Category: Media
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Wincharger of 2005

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"The Battle for Energon" and "The Return of Megatron" DVDs were released today, and are probably available at your favorite North American media stores. They retail for approx. $12.99 US. The best news of all, however, is that they feature extended or enhanced dialog in some key places. Continuity glitches related to dialog have been fixed.

Windcharger, of the 2005 boards writes:
I just sat down to watch them and discovered that the toons have updated dialogue and a whole new intro with Optimus recapping all the happenings of Armada along with footage from the last few episodes. The new intro to the first episode now featers new dialogue between Misha and Kicker arguing about Kicker raising ocean city to go joyriding, and if I am not mistaken, some of the latter dialogue is updated or changed slightly as well. I'll report more as I see it.


Also, Alpha Q (say it out loud, quickly!) is no longer referred to by the innuendo induced name. S/He/It is now called "Alpha Quintesson"!

Sadly, the animation remains the same unfinished US versions. However, the discs feature four episodes each, in chronological order. For $12.99, this seems like a great deal!

Transformer Movie Close To Choosing Writer

Transformers News: Transformer Movie Close To Choosing Writer
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 1:26pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Senor Hugo | Credit(s): 2005 Boards, DonMuprhy.net

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Over at Don Murphy's Board, he tells that they are close to choosing a writer.

"Hey there here's what we got----

Transformers- we're cloing in on a writer and choosing to go with a younger guy who grew up with the mythology.like all of you fans. Should be announced in the coming weeks. Dreamworks and Spielberg very much still want the film for Summer '06 so it'll be hard- but GOOD.

Also on the main site under "Human Stuff" "Make Don Murphy Happy" I've listed a bunch of very obscure stuff that I've been looking for for like forever. If any of you can help, email me at my hotmail account.

Under this thread I'd like to hear replies to the following-

"In the 1980s I grew up on Transformers. I loved GI Joe and dug He Man. I also liked a hell of a lot.....????"

What kind of books, comics or properties does the Transformers generation want to see make it to the big screen?"


Check out the original post here.

Transformers on sale at KBToys.com

Transformers News: Transformers on sale at KBToys.com
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 12:17pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Senor Hugo | Credit(s): KBToys.com, Transfandom.com

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KBToys.com has marked all the Transformers on their website down 20%. you can find a list of the transformers that are on sale here.

KB Toys Exclusive Energon Cyclonus and Demolishor Now Available at Sears!

Transformers News: KB Toys Exclusive Energon Cyclonus and Demolishor Now Available at Sears!
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 9:07am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): ssilipino of tfans.com

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ssilipino of http://www.tfans.com/ has found the KB Toys Exclusive Energon repaints of Armada Cyclonus and Demolishor...but at Sears, not KB Toys! Both are being sold at the standard deluxe price of $14.99. You may read his original post by clicking here.

Action-HQ Transformer Announcement For 10-11-04

Transformers News: Action-HQ Transformer Announcement For 10-11-04
Date: Tuesday, October 12th 2004 8:55am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Action-HQ

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Views: 17,663

Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you now with BinalTech BT-08 Meister RX-8 and 2 items on Special: Mega SCF Metallic Megatron & Beast Wars D-23 Hell Scream!

NEW:
- BinalTech BT-08 Meister RX-8 (White or Red) at $54.95 each!

NEW OLD-STOCK ON SPECIAL:
- Mega SCF Metallic Megatron Limited Version 3-X1 for $29.95, but
now $20! - Beast Wars D-23 Hell Scream for $19.95, but now $14.95!

Offers expires Friday October 15th or while supplies last.

Transformers: Energon Episode 34 Online at Cartoonnetwork.com

Transformers News: Transformers: Energon Episode 34 Online at Cartoonnetwork.com
Date: Monday, October 11th 2004 4:21pm CDT
Category: Site News

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The Cartoon Network have updated their website with another episode of Transformers: Energon for you to view online! Bizarrely, they've decided to skip episode 33 and jumped straight episode 34 this time round - time will tell if that gap will be filled. In the meantime, you can view episode 34 here.

Diamond Comics Shipping List For October 13th, 2004

Transformers News: Diamond Comics Shipping List For October 13th, 2004
Date: Monday, October 11th 2004 1:19pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Diamond Comics Distributors

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The products on the list(s) below from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores on the indicated date(s) below. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.


Products available this week on October 13th, 2004:

  • JUL042865 DFE TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN ALT CVR VOL 3 #1 $6.99
  • JUL042865 DFE TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN ALT CVR VOL 3 #1 $6.99
  • AUG042649 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #2 CVR A $2.95
  • AUG042649 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #2 CVR A $2.95
  • AUG042650 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #2 CVR B $2.95
  • AUG042650 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #2 CVR B $2.95
  • AUG042693 TRANSFORMERS ENERGON #28 $2.95


    Products available next week on October 20th, 2004:

  • AUG042645E GI JOE PX CVR #35 $3.95
  • AUG042644E GI JOE REG CVR #35 $2.95
  • AUG042643E GI JOE RELOADED #8 $2.95
  • SEP042581 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 CVR A #3 $2.95
  • SEP042581 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 CVR A #3 $2.95
  • SEP042582 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 CVR B #3 $2.95
  • SEP042582 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 CVR B #3 $2.95

    Product Codes

    (O/A) offered again
    (PI) please inquire at your store
    (MR) mature readers
    (RES) resolicited
    (Note Price) new price increase

  • Over 295 pics of KB exclusive Cyclonus and Demolisher, Snowcat, Armada Cyclonus and more now online!!!

    Transformers News: Over 295 pics of KB exclusive Cyclonus and Demolisher, Snowcat, Armada Cyclonus and more now online!!!
    Date: Monday, October 11th 2004 1:08am CDT
    Category: Site News
    Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Seibertron

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    Ryan's updated the Toy Gallery section this evening with galleries for Snowcat, the KB Toys Exclusives Energon Demolishor and Energon Cyclonus, their respective Mini-Con partners Energon Blackout and Energon Crumplezone and a redone photo gallery of Armada Cyclonus and Armada Crumplezone. You may see each gallery by clicking on the appropriate link.

    Takara to Reissue more Gestalts?

    Transformers News: Takara to Reissue more Gestalts?
    Date: Monday, October 11th 2004 12:28am CDT
    Category: Rumors
    Posted by: Professor Smooth

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    The Smooth One has heard rumblings that Takara (who lost a whopping 30 MILLION USD last year) may be releasing some of the more "no brainer" figures fans have been demanding for years. The gestalts.

    If this is true, it's a smart move for Takara. The demand for the gestalts (that's "combiners" for the two kids in Atlanta that didn't know) is always high. Why? Because they were the best of the G1 figures? Nope. Because they were miracles of mid-eighties toy design? Hell no. Because people like a bunch of small crappy robots combining into one bigger less-crappy robot? YES! Takara's already taken the first step towards actually selling a couple of figures (they lost 30 Million USD (Over one hundred gajillion yen) this year). They bit the bullet and brought out the Predaking mold already. The molds for the Seacons are readily available, and (as anyone who's been in a Wal-Mart since 2001 knows) Bruticus has been BEGGING to get the reissue treatment. If Takara releases them in the G1 colors, slaps 'em in a gift box, and applies some die-cast metal where necessary, fans would be more than happy to shell out the cash for 'em. Once they've got the fans hoppin' with the gestalt bug they reissue Devastator, Superion, Menasor, and Abominus to a public dying to fill the back row of their top shelf! Once the reissues are out, they've got enough e-hobby and Lucky Draw exclusives to keep ATB Megatron and Elvin Pena as broke as Glen Hallit! Come on, Takara, make this one of those rumors I DON'T get blasted for on ATT! Give us the gestalts!

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