How you represent yourself in the virtual world of video games may affect how you behave toward others in the real world, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to follow their ideal climate. A new study provides an innovative global map of where species are likely to succeed or fail in keeping up with a changing climate. The findings appear in the science journal Nature.
The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system. In 2011 and 2012 the first four satellites were launched into orbit. Four is the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes.
NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars have returned clues for understanding seasonal features that are the strongest indication of possible liquid water that may exist today on the Red Planet.
The cold of an Icelandic winter did not stop one NASA science aircraft from completing a mission to map glaciers on the island during the past week. NASA's C-20A, based at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., flew four radar missions from Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik, Iceland.
NTS Works, which last year brought us the 2×4 Cargo Bike as an electric bike option, is back again with a new offering which combines solar and pedal power to propel it forward. Known as the SunCycle, it is set to price for around $4,100 when it goes on sale in April.
Conservation groups pointed to last week’s shortage-induced grid alert in California as one more reason to back off on natural gas and go harder with renewables.
Gotham is an upcoming TV show on Fox that will be the prequel to Batman. This show will go way, way back, long before Bruce Wayne wore the bat-suit, and it focuses on the rise of Commissioner Gordon as the city, and the villains who corrupted it, began developing.
With the X-Files, Chris Carter became a household name, and a name synonymous with great genre storytelling. Now he’s back with a new show, The After. The verdict so far?
The next Star Wars movie is slated to begin shooting in May, and while there’s no official announcements yet, the latest rumor going around is that the casting has been completed. This is surprising news if it’s true, although you’d figure they’d have to have a cast together pretty quickly to get started by summer.
Activision has a new game, Destiny, and the company’s really high on it. In fact, there’s a lot of hype right now telling us that this could be one of the biggest games ever.
With the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, there’s a lot in the news about heroin, which sadly is making a big comeback these days. (You’d think after what happened to Kurt Cobain twenty years ago that people would have learned their lesson.) While it’s probably not smart to be selling drugs on the ‘net, that’s apparently what one kid has been accused of doing.
The DragonBox Pyra, powered an ARM Cortex-A15 (dual-core TI OMAP 5) processor, is expected to be an open source 5-inch handheld game console.
ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have spotted what might be one of the most distant galaxies known, harkening back to a time when our universe was only about 650 million years old (our universe is 13.8 billion years old). The galaxy, known as Abell2744 Y1, is about 30 times smaller than our Milky Way galaxy and is producing about 10 times more stars, as is typical for galaxies in our young universe.
Scientists who study Earth, the sun and stars have long used high-altitude scientific balloons to carry their telescopes far into the stratosphere for a better view of their targets. Not so much for planetary scientists. That's because they needed a highly stable, off-the-shelf-type system that could accurately point their instruments and then track planetary targets as they moved in the solar system.
The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly increased their innovation capacities.
Satellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global warming, but the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat.
What’s dubbed the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel cell mass transport vehicle is set to be unveiled in concept form this week at an auto show in India.
ARPA-E, the federal program that backs revolutionary energy research and that even Mitt Romney supported during the 2012 campaign, emerged with about $100 million less than the Obama administration wanted when the fiscal year 2014 budget was finally put to bed [PDF].
A movie version of the Vertigo comic Preacher has been in the works for a long time, and now the news has hit that it may finally become a reality, with an unlikely filmmaking team behind it.
HR Giger’s artwork is some of the most frightening I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliantly done, but I’d hate to be on the wrong drugs looking at it. Now the man who gave us the nightmarish visions of Alien has turned 74 years old.
Avengers: The Age of Ultron should begin shooting this spring in England, and another major cast member has come aboard: Paul Bettany is playing the Vision.
If Green Day’s Dookie album turning twenty doesn’t make you feel old, this definitely will…Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry album, featuring the legendary anthem “We’re Not Going to Take It,” is about to turn thirty years old.
There’s been a big anti-smoking movement in America for years, to the point where people have even criticized characters smoking in movies. While we think that things like that are going a little too far, we’re all for people speaking out against what can be a very deadly habit in the long run.
Earlier this week, Asus unveiled its very first Chromebox specifically designed to run Google's web-centric operating system.
It is a big dream in science: To start from scratch with simple artificial microscopic building blocks and end up with something much more complex: living systemts, novel computers or every-day materials.
Some tricky maneuvers are now under way to steer ESA’s trio of Swarm satellites into their respective orbits so that they can start delivering the best-ever survey of our magnetic field.
ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) has been used to find the first evidence that asteroids can have a highly varied internal structure. By making exquisitely precise measurements astronomers have found that different parts of the asteroid Itokawa have different densities.
By sandwiching a biological molecule between sheets of graphene, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have obtained atomic-level images of the molecule in its natural watery environment.
The release of volatile organic compounds from Earth’s forests and smoke from wildfires 3 million years ago had a far greater impact on global warming than ancient atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a new Yale study finds.
Honda trails in Toyota’s hybrid wake, but that doesn’t mean it is giving up the ship anytime soon. To this end the automaker is launching today the 2014 Civic Hybrid, with improved fuel economy over previous years, and also a natural gas model Civic that’s on sale come February 15 in some 37 states.
A wind power project in waters off the Oregon coast took another step forward on Wednesday. It’s a project with loads of potential, but don’t get too excited yet – there’s still a long way to go before it’s a reality.
Today, Dell announced that it will be bolstering the company's relationship with Google and launching a Chrome-based video conferencing solution targeted at businesses.
As we reported previously on TGD, The Fantastic Four reboot is coming together quickly at Fox for a June 19, 2105 release, and casting is quickly coming together. We knew the film would be coming together pretty fast, and apparently it’s going to start shooting this March.
Decades after the Christopher Reeve classic became the big hit of 1978, Hollywood is still trying to get Superman right for the big screen. While Christopher Nolan successfully reinvented Batman, at least for two movies, the consensus is that Bryan Singer pretty much blew it with Superman Returns, and unfortunately Man of Steel didn’t help matters much either.
We just ran a report on TGD about the reboot of RoboCop, which is coming on February 12. A friend of ours who runs the Movie Zombie blog saw it early, and he wasn’t terribly impressed. Now the first official reviews are in. The verdict?
Uncharted is the PlayStation game that focuses on Nathan Drake, a heroic treasure hunter. Treasure hunters have often been big box office, Raiders of the Lost Ark comes to mind, and now Uncharted is one of many big video game titles that’s up for the big screen treatment.
While I’m not a big fan of Katy Perry, I don’t hate her but her music doesn’t do anything for me, this is an interesting milestone in technology: She has fifty million followers on Twitter, which is now officially a record.
Fujitsu has debuted a hybrid ultra book designed to function as both a high-end notebook and tablet with support for support finger or digital pen input (1024 levels of pressure sensitivity).
ABI Research estimates that at the end of 2013 Samsung had 166 million mobile business customers defined as employed individuals using their smartphone for business and personal reasons. However, most of these customers are the more fickle BYOD users.
Using electrons more like photons could provide the foundation for a new type of electronic device that would capitalize on the ability of graphene to carry electrons with almost no resistance even at room temperature – a property known as ballistic transport.
Space rocks hitting Mars excavate fresh craters at a pace of more than 200 per year, but few new Mars scars pack as much visual punch as one seen in a NASA image released today.
Given NASA's unique needs for highly customized spacecraft and instrument components, additive manufacturing, or "3-D printing," offers a compelling alternative to more traditional manufacturing approaches.
A new study from Tel Aviv University reveals that black holes, formed from the first stars in our universe, heated the gas throughout space later than previously thought. They also imprinted a clear signature in radio waves which astronomers can now search for. The work is a major new finding about the origins of the universe.
What’s the performance like for fuel cell vehicles in adverse cold weather conditions? A couple of operators of fleets of Toyota fuel cell SUVs found out recently via the record cold spells that have been hitting the East Coast, particularly in the northeast part of the country.
Auto engineers, like everyone else, need things to do in their spare time to keep themselves amused. If you are part of Toyota, this might mean you belong to the Toyota Engineering Society (TES). And if you belong to TES, you are likely using parts from the brand to build, say, a Prius like plug-in hybrid roadster on steroids.
While the new incarnation of Doctor Who has yet to appear, there’s already several noticeable changes. The first is there’s no bow-tie, and the second will be that the new Doc Who, Peter Capaldi, will not adopt a British accent to play the good doctor.
We at TGD are not totally sold on Need For Speed, but we’re going to be watching the movie’s progress because it’s a major video game adaptation, and we’re wondering if there will ever be a good video game movie down the road. We’re not sure Need For Speed is going to be it, but if the movie’s alright, it could be a start.
If the new Microsoft CEO wants to truly make the $300 billion giant relevant again then he has to focus on one simple task and produce one product to cream Google, Facebook, Apple and anyone else who dares to doubt the Redmond giant.