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October 23, 2012

Hatsune Miku's 1st Official Costume Set Offered

Japanese cosplay maker Cospa began taking pre-orders for an official Hatsune Miku costume set.

The costume set includes a sleeveless jacket, pleated skirt, an adjustable tie, arm sleeves with printed icons, boot covers, headset, and rubber hair ornaments. Most of the outfit is polyester with emerald green accents except for the boot covers, which are 95% polyester and 5% polyurethane. The costume comes in ladies sizes small, medium, and large and retails for 13,440 yen (about US$170).

The set is slated to arrive in mid-December.

Scientists found guilty for earthquake deaths

Disaster ... an aerial view of L'Aquila after the 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people. Photo: AP
Six Italian scientists and a government official have been found guilty of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009.
They were sentenced to six years in jail in a case that has provoked outrage among scientists worldwide.

We cannot call this a victory. It's a tragedy, whatever way you look at it. 

The experts were also ordered to pay more than €9 million ($11.5 million) in damages to survivors and inhabitants. Under the Italian justice system, the seven will remain free until they have exhausted two chances to appeal against the verdict.

PAX Headed to Australia

PAX Australia Website Screenshot
The Australian Geek community is quietly humming with the recently announced news that PAX is headed south, much further than Texas.

PAXAus will be held between 19-21 July, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. There has been a strengthening and mainstreaming of gamers and makers and geeks of all varieties in Australia over the recent years. Melbourne hosted Australia’s first Mini-Maker Faire last year and the indie game community has growing in profile through events like the FreePlay festival that has grown significantly under the guidance of outgoing Director Paul Callaghan.

This event will be a feature on the calendar next year, so anyone thinking of heading to Australia should book tickets and accommodation early. It is a great excuse if you’ve ever considered the trip, but we are hoping for some great local flavor for PAXAus in 2013.

You can register now from the website front page and check out the forums.

[via Wired]