Death Note

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Light and L of Death NoteDeath Note (Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The series focus on a high school student, Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name and picturing his face. The plot follows his attempt to create and lead a world cleansed of evil using the book, and the complex conflict between himself and those assailing him that results.

Light Yagami is an extremely intelligent young man who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the "Death Note", lying on the ground. This notebook has a terrifying powers that can kill or control anyone whose name was written in it. The Death Note's instructions claim that if a humans name is written within it, that person shall die.

Death Notes all have rules written on the Note's first page. The basic rules are as follows:

Death Note Rules
* The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

* This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.

* If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject's name, it will happen.

* If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack.

* After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds (400 seconds).

There were additional rules written in the notebook which was done for some purpose to elaborate the story better. These rules often serve to clarify the more esoteric uses of the Death Note that the characters discover on their own. Official Death Notes contain over 40 pages of how to use it, consisting of both those written in the Notes and those shown in as eyecatchs.

Light aka Kira and Ryuk of Death NoteLight is initially skeptical of the notebook's authenticity, but after experimenting with it, Light realizes that the Death Note is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a shinigami named Ryuk, Light seeks to become "the God of the New World" by passing his judgment on those he deems to be evil or who get in his way.

Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization and a mysterious detective known only as "L". L quickly learns that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as "Kira" (Kira derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the word "killer"), is located in Japan. L also concludes that Kira can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and a game of psychological cat and mouse between the two begins.

L of Death NoteLight's father, Soichiro Yagami is a police officer who was assigned to lead the Kira investigation team. He becomes disappointed with the lack of police cooperation in Kira's case, eventually he join forces with L to form a special investigative team. After a test that L set-up, he suspected that Light is the one who called Kira. Soichiro didn't believe in it but he still insist to remain helpful in the team. To investigate Light further, L needs to reveal himself. The battle between Light and L became very intense. Lots of twist and turn happened between the two.

Misa Amane of Death NoteAs the investigation goes by, a second Kira appears, Misa Amane. She is a girl with an immense crush on Kira, Misa is a popular idol in Japan. She is immature and tends to refer to herself in the third person in an attempt to be cute. Misa is completely devoted to Light, and she once said that she loved him at first sight. Light, however, only views her as an asset to his plans because of her Death Note and her Shinigami eyes (that she obtained at the cost of half of her remaining life span, twice). Misa devotes herself to Light because he killed her parents' murderer after several trials had failed to convict him. She also has same story with Light in having the notebook. It was fallen in her from nowhere, but obviously it was given by Shinigami. Rem is the Shinigami whose own Misa's Death Note. Similar to Ryuk, Rem possesses two Death Notes. However, she purposely gives one of them to Misa Amane. Rem inherited her second Death Note from Jealous, another shinigami who died when he saved Misa's life, and thought it only right to pass it on to Misa. Rem inherits Jealous' love for Misa as well and is prompt to defend Misa even at the cost of her life. Rem shows this when she states that she will kill Light if Misa dies before her time.

Mello of Death NoteAs there were two Kira now L lead to confusion a bit of time but manage because of his genius mind. He found out that Misa is the second Kira and tried to prove it. He ordered kidnapped Misa and tortured it to tell the truth. But with Light brilliant mind L fall in his trap. L knows that he will die in the game that's why he choose someone who will inherit his position. The two kids from the orphanage named Near and Mello became the candidate for L's successor. When L die because Light put a trap to Rem to kill L, the kids take over in the investigating team.

Near of Death NoteMello was an orphan who grew up with Near in Watari's shelter for gifted children. Similar to L's fondness for sweets, he is often seen eating bars of chocolate. Although Mello is quite intelligent, he often lets his emotions get the better of him. Mello wears leather most of the time, unlike Near or L. He also appears to be less secluded in terms of his friends and hobbies, and seems to be fond of biking. While Near was a primary candidate to become L's successor and calls himself N during the course of his investigations. He shares a number of similarities with L. Much like how L plays with things such as sugar cubes and forks, Near is frequently shown playing with toys or his hair. Near also sits in an unusual manner similar to L, but with some slight differences. He offered to join forces with Mello to fight Kira, but Mello turned him down. Near then gained the support of the Government of the United States and formed the Secret Provision for Kira (SPK).

As the story meets its finale, Light falls in Near hands. Light might underestimate the kid capabilities. When Kira's identity almost reveal, police hunt Light but he is not capable of fighting because he is wounded. Ryuk decided to kill Light for he told Light in the beginning that he is the one who will take away Light's life in the future.

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Have you ever paid attention to the way a woman's hair looks? That is a rhetoric question by the way.

Our hair style is probably one of the first things that people notice, after our face of course. If you are not paying attention to your hair, it will probably show up by making you look much older than you really are.

There are simple quick fixes that you can do yourself to keep your hair style young and fresh.

1. Add bangs. As we age, there are many developing lines and wrinkles on our faces. Bangs help to camouflage some of these lines and help to draw attention to our eyes for example, instead of the neckline. Long, angled, side-swept bangs are very popular right now and tend to flatter just about anyone who wears them.

2. Color up. Darker hair colors tend to draw attention to skin tones, lines and wrinkles. By coloring up 2 shades from your natural hair color, you will have a lighter, more fresh looking hair style and color.

3. Add highlights. Highlights are a great way to add lighter color to your hair. There are kits that you can buy at the drugstore, or you can schedule an appointment with your hair stylist to get just a few highlights around the face.

4. Don't do updos. Updos look so glamorous, especially for weddings and proms. But one thing you must consider is that high or total updos can make you look very matronly and draw attention to your neckline. If you want something different for a special occasion, try a partial updo and leave out wispy strands.

5. Grow your hair. Longer is better when it comes to hair styles. Longer hair tends to soften your appearance and make you look younger.

In short, you can do some things to make your hair style look young. Visit to find out what the celebrities have been doing with their hair lately.

Austrian motorcycle maker KTM stunned the Geneva show last year when it presented the concept version of its X-Bow, the company’s first automobile. Designed primarily as a track car, KTM’s lightweight roadster, which tips the scales at less than 1500 lb., is powered by a 240-bhp turbocharged, direct-injection 4-cylinder engine from Audi. That engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The X-Bow is back in production trim as the Dallara Challenge. This extreme machine is designed to compete in a spec racing series named after the legendary Italian race-car maker that builds all the chassis for the X-Bow.Although the car is powerful and light weight, top speed is not the prime consideration in the X-Bow’s development. Rather, the car emphasizes handling, in which aerodynamics plays a crucial role. As a result of extensive testing in Dallara’s wind tunnel, the X-Bow is fitted with a unique rear diffuser that helps to generate 440 lb. of downforce.

KTM claims the X-Bow is capable of pulling 1.23g on the skidpad.Even though the X-Bow was conceived as a track car, it has a 2-passenger cabin, leaving the door open for street homologated versions of the car and perhaps even a closed-cockpit version.


TechArt GTstreet

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Aftermarket tuners, especially German ones, simply love the Porsche 911 Turbo. TechArt is no different, turning its considerable talents to Zuffenhausen’s 997 edition of the 911 Turbo to create one of the most potent street-legal machines ever.

The GTstreet edition turns up the boost on a pair of BorgWarner Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbochargers to add an extra 150 bhp, extracting a total of 630 bhp and 605 lb.-ft. of torque from Porsche’s 3.6-liter flat 6 engine.

This massive infusion of power produces some stunning performance figures. According to TechArt, the GTstreet is capable of 0-62 mph acceleration of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph. In just 10.9 seconds, the car can reach 124 mph.

In addition to the engine modifications, the GTstreet is equipped with carbon- ceramic brakes with 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. The all-wheel-drive system with its factory installed stability-control system is retained.

Extensive wind-tunnel testing resulted in a striking body design. The GTstreet has larger front openings, a front splitter and lower, wider side rockers that channel air upward into the rear intakes. At the rear is a large wing set at an optimum angle to generate the downforce needed to counteract lift when the car is at top speed.


Rinspeed sQuba Concept

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Swiss car designer Frank M. Rinderknecht has a fascination with the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, wherein James Bond’s Lotus Esprit was able to drive underwater. In that vein, Rinderknecht’s latest Rinspeed creation is a Lotus Elise converted into “the world’s first real submersible car,” according to the company. The conversion was largely performed by Swiss engineering specialist Esoro.

The mid-mounted combustion engine of the Elise was replaced by three electric motors (powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries)—one provides propulsion on land, the other two drive the screws for navigating the underworld; two Seabob jet drives are located up front, which breathe through special rotating louvers to open and close the water intake. All of which make the sQuba a zero-emissions vehicle.

When driving on land, the sQuba’s stainless coil-over suspension by KW automotive and large Pirelli tires on custom wheels from AEZ should provide better handling than your typical amphibious vehicle.

The sQuba is functional to a depth of 10 meters, but for safety reasons as the car submerges, the interior (done up by Strähle and Hess to be saltwater resistant, with mother-of-pearl trim and diamond-plated, non-slip inlays from KGS Diamond) gets filled with water. In scuba-diving fashion, an onboard tank of compressed air provides oxygen for the occupants. Bathing suits (or water-resistant clothes) recommended.


Lorinser Nardo3 SL

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If you’re looking for the ultimate bad-boy ride, Lorinser may have your number with the Nardo3 SL, a pumped-up version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 2- seater.

Named after the famed high-speed Italian oval, the Nardo3 is simply a beast. The German tuner has worked its magic on the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12, boosting output to an amazing 660 bhp and promising a top speed of 220 mph. Even more awe inspiring is the 747 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Lorinser Nardo3 has been fitted with all sorts of aerodynamic devices that not only keep the car firmly planted to pavement when traveling triple digit speeds, but also adds to the outlaw aura. The front and rear fascias have been modified with extra inlets to improve airflow to the engine and brakes.

There’s also a new scoop ahead of the rear wheels and a corresponding exhaust outlet behind the rear wheels that also aids in brake cooling.All this muscle does not come at the expense of comfort. All the cockpit amenities that you’ve come to expect from this Mercedes-Benz flagship have been left intact.

Not only is the car fast, it is exclusive. Only 50 copies will be produced by the German tuner.


2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

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In 2007, Rolls-Royce sold 20 percent more cars than the year before. Since BMW took over one of the most traditional British brands in 1998, only Emily (the nickname of the Flying Lady that adorns the cars’ grilles) remains. Today, Rolls-Royce resides in Goodwood, U.K., manufacturing its Phantom models. After this summer, this Phantom Coupe will be added to the model mix.

Based on the Drophead Coupe soft-top, and sharing most of its dimensions, the closed version comes with upgraded suspension and will therefore be the sportiest Rolls in the range. It also retains the Drophead’s unique suicide-style doors. The engine and corresponding power remain the same, but its 453 bhp and 531 lb.-ft. of torque from the 6.75-liter V-12 should be more than adequate. It delivers power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Incidentally, the fuel capacity has been increased by 25 percent over the convertible version. The lower tailgate can be positioned to create a seating platform for two adults, called the “picnic boot.”

The Phantom Coupe is a massive automobile in the grandest of tradition. Riding on a 130.7-in. wheelbase, the new coupe measures 220.8 in. in overall length and has 21-in. wheels. Priced at Euro 360,000 (the U.S. price has yet to be given), the Phantom Coupe is for the lucky few


2009 Maserati GranTurismo S

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One year after the GranTurismo coupe’s debut, it’s time to rev the car up a bit. The new GT S version can be recognized by its sinister alloy wheels and by its extra howl, coming from the exhaust pipes of the larger 4.7-liter V-8, up from the original 4.2 liters, which now packs a 440-bhp punch (up from 405).

Also new is an electro-actuated transaxle-mounted gearbox with sequential paddle shifters and an automatic clutch. The so-called MC-Shift system was adapted from Maserati’s exotic MC-12 mid-engine racer.

The GranTurismo S also benefits from new brakes, developed in conjunction with Brembo initially for the larger Quattroporte S sedan. The revised braking package feature front rotors made with a dualcast technology, which casts the units out of iron and aluminum. These discs are paired with aluminum mono-block calipers with six pistons.

The GranTurismo rides on a 115.9-in. wheelbase and is 192.3 in. in overall length. The GranTurismo’s sexy shape was created by the Italian design house of Pininfarina.

In addition to minor detail changes on the car’s body, the interior has been freshened with the use of Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara inserts distinguished by horizontal piping on the seats and seatbacks.


2009 Bentley Brooklands

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It's tough to get more "automotively English" than Bentley and Brooklands.

The former is, of course, the famous automaker while the latter is a historic- if-now-defunct high-speed race track near London. Put the two names together in 2008 and you have a new coupe that is the sum of 6.75, 530, 774, 3, 5.0 and 340,990.

How does it add up?

You begin with the chassis of the Bentley Azure convertible, already stiffened to be a luxury drop top. Add a steel coupe roof while retaining in all but one piece of the convertible structure, and you have a very rigid automobile. Make certain that top matches the lower body, give it an air of luxury and style and add the name Brooklands.

Now here come the numbers. Take the rather traditional Bentley V-8, displacing 6.75 liters, add a pair of turbochargers and the appropriate internal changes needed, and you come away with 530 horsepower and 774 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3 is an approximate number, but represents the Brookland's weight in tons with driver and passenger. That 5.0 is the number of seconds to get the big Brooklands to 60 mph. You've probably guessed that $340,990 is the base price of the Brooklands coupe. With options and taxes you may be closer to $400,000.

It is a beautifully done machine, from its hand-finished body seams to the highly polished solid wood trim to the military straight stitching. Bentley says this is the most commodious coupe cabin in the world, and it feels like it when you're stretched out in back enjoying the countryside blur by.

With the exception of new uprights to allow for the optional ($30,000) carbon- ceramic brakes, the suspension pieces also carry over from the Azure, though tuned to sportier — as in firmer and flatter — performance.

It is a mighty thing to stomp the gas, feel the back end slew a bit as the power bites and rushes the great machine forward. Once the road starts winding, the Brooklands is surprisingly agile though it is somewhat light-steering. Mind you, as it edges right, then left down the road, you will never forget this is one big, heavy machine... nothing cat like about it. But as a piece of traditional British automotive power, it is impressive.


2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

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Another eagerly awaited car bowing at the Geneva show is the all-new Mercedes- Benz SL63 high-performance roadster.

This AMG-built 6.3-liter V-8 powerplant should produce in excess of 500 horsepower and will most likely be mated to Mercedes’ 7-speed automatic transmission featuring AMG Speedshift steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Highlights to the latest iteration of this venerable German top-down two-door SL-Class include a sportier, new-look front fascia and hood, McLaren SLR-style side vents, a restyled cabin, and Airscarf – a head and neck warming system integrated into the headrests to allow for more top-down touring in the cooler seasons.

But this classy yet athletic-looking machine gets an even more aggressive look for the SL63 model. Lightweight 5-spoke alloys are shod with large-diameter, low- profile performance rubber for improved handling. And that aforementioned “fish gille”-styled side vent on the standard car is replaced by a larger, sturdier- looking one piece appliqué featuring bold “6.3 AMG” scripting. At the back, a more pronounced rear undertray, quad exhaust tips and a lip spoiler running across the trunk from taillight to taillight lets those caught in its wake as it rapidly passes by know that this isn’t any ordinary SL.

Prices for the new SL-Class should range between $100,000 (V-8 engine) and $140,000 (V-12-equiiped), with the new SL63 likely slotting in somewhere in between (though most likely closer to the upper echelon).


Presented in Geneva, the refreshed Gallardo will come with the designation LP560/4, which describes its beefed-up V-10 (now at 5204 cc) that delivers 560 horsepower (an increase of 40) and its all-wheel drive. Lamborghini claims it will run to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, while its top speed will be 6 mph higher, at 202.

The new LP designation, similar to that used on the Murciélago, refers to the engine’s longitudinal and posterior positioning in the car. The engine upgrades, which include direct injection and a flat plane crankshaft, come courtesy of Lamborghini’s parent, Audi AG. Similar technology was employed on the V-10 engine in the Audi RS6 sports sedan.

The revamped Gallardo is also distinguished by styling changes front and rear and new alloy wheels. The front end is more aggressive, with slightly larger intakes. The interior remains virtually unchanged, except for a few new switches on the center console.

The first LP560/4s will arrive in the U.S. in August, alongside the current Superleggera version, which is sold out until spring of 2009. Lambo’s top model—the Murciélago—will remain largely unchanged for the next two years, although a Superveloce version (to be unveiled at the Paris show in October) is expected next year.


Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

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Those expecting to see a new entry-level Ferrari at Geneva, possibly called the Dino, were disappointed. But we do hear such a car may be possible at the Paris show later this year. In the meantime, Ferrari unveiled an updated version of its 2+2, the 612 Scaglietti.

Although the exterior appearance remains largely the same, many of the updates are beneath the car’s sexy skin. The new premium GT now comes with a modified F1 semiautomatic gearbox, which features sequential paddle shifters and an automatic clutch. The new setup promises faster upshifts and ear-pleasing throttle-blip downshifts. The steering wheel is also fitted with a revised Manettino switch, which allows the driver to configure the car’s engine output for extra power and the level at which stability - and traction-control systems intervene as well as firmness of the adjustable suspension.

The 612, originally introduced in 2004, rides on a 116.1-in. wheelbase, and its all-aluminum body measures 193.0 inches in overall length. The engine is a 5.7- liter V-12 producing 532 bhp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. Ferrari claims the 612 is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The 2009 Scaglietti will be available late this summer.


New Hair Styles and Features

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