Shelly Shapiro Live Chat

May 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Interview, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Today Star Wars Books conducted a live chat with editor Shelly Shapiro on their Facebook page and a lot of questions were answered concerning the future novels we can expect as well many others. We have prepared an edited transcript below for your reading pleasure…

Continue Reading Shelly Shapiro Live Chat…

More Star Wars novel schedule changes (2011)

May 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment

Star Wars Books announced another schedule change for Choices of One, Heir to the Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition, and The Old Republic: Revan. The date changes are:

STAR WARS: CHOICES OF ONE moves back to July 19, 2011
STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE 20th Anniversary Edition moves to September 6, 2011
STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: REVAN moves to November 15, 2011

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Darth Revan: Video game vs Novel

May 19, 2011 at 10:59 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn updated his site yesterday with a nice little post that took the time to discuss the differences between the Revan portrayed in the video games versus the Revan we can expect to see in the novel The Old Republic: Revan. In Knights of the Old Republic gamers were able to enjoy playing as Revan as they slowly super powered his stats to the point that they could rain down Force lightning and kill their foes in droves. Mr. Karpyshyn warns us that the Revan we see in the novel will not be a super powered gary stu character, instead we will see a realistic character who struggles to overcome the obstacles set before rather than easily destroying them. All in all it’s a very good point to bring to light. You can read the full post here on Drew Karpyshyn’s site.

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Happy Birthday, Peter Mayhew

May 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today we wish Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew a very happy birthday. Mr. Mayhew portrayed the loveable, humorous, and iconic Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Born in Barnes, England on May 19, 1944, he eventually grew up and took on a job as a hospital attendant in London where he was noticed by a film producer and cast into his first film role in the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. A year later he was asked to play another role as the mighty Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars. Interestingly enough, he was actually given the choice between Darth Vader and Chewbacca and chose Chewbacca because he wanted to be a good guy. From there a legacy was born.

Mr. Mayhew is now a naturalized citizen of the United States of America and currently resides in Texas. Along with continuing his film work, as well as making the Star Wars convention ciruit, Mr. Mayhew has written several books lately with deal with the very serious topics. My Favorite Giant deals with childhood bullying and strives to give children the confidence they need to persevere. His other book Growing Up Giant is about himself and how he dealt with gigantism. Both books are illustrated and provide positive messages for younger audiences. You can find out more by visiting Peter Mayhew’s official site.

Posted By: Skuldren

Shelly Shapiro Live Chat Tonight on Facebook

May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am | Posted in Books, Interview, Star Wars News | 1 Comment
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Star Wars Books will be conducting a live chat tonight on their Facebook page with Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro. Shelly is the editor at large for Del Rey’s complete line of Star Wars books. With the shutting down of the starwars.com forums, this will be a great time for fans to reconnect with Shelly Shapiro. So be sure to bring your questions!

The live chat will be at 3:00 PM EDT on Star Wars Books Facebook page.

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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Update

May 19, 2011 at 6:47 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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NASA TV.

As reported here last month on April 19TH, The Spaces Shuttle Endeavor (STS-134) has deployed the sensor array known as the Alpha Magnetic Spectometer in an attempt to directly observe anti-matter, dark matter and other exotic particles in space. The device was installed on the International Space Station around 6 AM EDT this morning using the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

You can watch the procedure by clicking the NASA TV link above. I will include a quote from the NASA press kit as a further expanation of what the device is and what it does but if you would like to read it in it’s entirety you can read it here starting on page 30.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector to be delivered to the International Space Station. Using a large magnet to create a magnetic field that will bend the path of the charged cosmic particles already traveling through space, eight different instruments will provide information on those particles as they make their way through the magnet. Armed with that information, hundreds of scientists from 16 countries are hoping to determine what the universe is made of and how it began, as the AMS searches for clues on the origin of dark matter and the existence of antimatter and strangelets. And if that’s not enough, there is also the information it could provide on pulsars, blazers and gamma ray bursters and any number of phenomena that have yet to be named.

If dark matter exists, the AMS will be able to detect it. For instance, one candidate for the particles that are dark matter is the hypothetical, elementary neutralino particle. If neutralinos exist, their collision could create excesses of electrons and anti-electrons – positrons – that could then be detected by the AMS. The AMS could also detect antimatter and help answer another key question. Antimatter is made up of particles identical to those of regular matter, but with opposite electric and magnetic properties. The Big Bang theory assumes that there were equal amounts of matter and antimatter present when the universe began, in the complex form of helium anti-nuclei or heavier elements has never been found in nature. If it still exists, the AMS should be able to detect it – in the 10 years or more that the AMS will be in operation at the International Space Station, its detectors will see at least one (and possibly many) antihelium nucleus, if such a thing exists. If the detectors never see one, the AMS team will be able to affirm that they do not exist in the visible universe.

by Revmacd for Roqoo Depot

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