The continued expansion of zero-emissions buses across the United States got a boost from the federal government earlier this month when the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced close to $25 million in funding towards the effort.
Hot on the heels of buying up IBM's PC server business, the Chinese manufacturing giant just took the loss-making smartphone manufacturing business of Google. It is these billion dollar debt and more debt transactions piled on top of loss making businesses that have stymied our desire to enter the Fortune 500.
It’s amazing to think it’s been fifteen years now since three huge movies were released that were considered major game changers: The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense. While many thought the filmmakers behind these movies would go on to great heights, it turned out to be the peak for all of these directors, with M Night Shyamalan especially becoming a major joke in Hollywood.
The Grammys is one of those events that are a lot like the Academy Awards. Often times the right people win, and many times it’s obvious the voters don’t know sh*t from shinola. This is what happened back in 1989 when Metallica’s first opportunity to win a Grammy went to Jethro Tull instead, which caused significant booing from the fans in the audience.
We just reported here on TGD about Ant-Man moving into the July 17, 2015 release that’s been vacated by Batman Vs Superman. As you probably know by now, the release date of B V S has been pushed back nearly a year, and the only other competition that day is a reboot of Peter Pan.
Some time back, the frightening news hit that Michael Bay was going to ruin a major childhood favorite of many: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The net erupted in fury over this, and Bay tried to keep the haters calm and convince them he wouldn’t f*ck it up.
Usually we don’t cover nonsense like Justin Bieber on TGD, and we think the current media frenzy surrounding this kid is pretty ridiculous. You’d think there’s nothing important going on in the world that we see this punk all over the news for drag racing, drunk driving, and egging his neighbor’s house. A young pop star makes too much money, his ego goes totally out of control, and he repeatedly makes a fool out of himself in public. Gee, never heard that story before.
ABI Research confirms that Android once again dominated the Q4 2013 shipment numbers for smartphone advanced operating systems with 77% market share of over 280 million smartphones shipped in Q4 2013.
To get an idea of how the early solar system may have formed, scientists often look to asteroids. These relics of rock and dust represent what today's planets may have been before they differentiated into bodies of core, mantle, and crust.
Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products.
It has long puzzled scientists that there were enormously massive galaxies that were already old and no longer forming new stars in the very early universe, approx. 3 billion years after the Big Bang.
ESO's Very Large Telescope has been used to create the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. An international team has made a chart of the dark and light features on WISE J104915.57-531906.1B, which is informally known as Luhman 16B and is one of two recently discovered brown dwarfs forming a pair only six light-years from the Sun.
A new theoretical model developed by professors at the University of Houston (UH) and Université de Montréal may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells.
A substantial fraction of the Neanderthal genome persists in modern human populations. A new approach applied to analyzing whole-genome sequencing data from 665 people from Europe and East Asia shows that more than 20 percent of the Neanderthal genome survives in the DNA of this contemporary group, whose genetic information is part of the 1,000 Genomes Project.
We saw an interesting evolution of Barack Obama as an energy president on display earlier this week in his fifth official State of the Union address. You might say the president got real.
If this indeed comes to pass it will be a big boon to mankind…apparently trailers are going to have time limits on them in the future.
This year's winner of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science is Pardis Sabeti, M.D., Ph.D. You know... really smart... Oxford... Harvard... you are a dumb-ass compared to her etc. etc. Her work is helping scientists identify how to defeat diseases and microbes. Oh, yeah, she also happens to be in a rock band.
Back in the day, there was no deader genre than a pirate story. Pirate movies were too expensive to make, and they didn’t make any money back. That all changed of course with Pirates of the Caribbean, and now Black Sails is going great guns in the ratings as well.
We just reported on TGD that Paramount and The Weinstein Company have stopped making movie prints. This has been a long time coming, and theaters have to convert to digital or get left behind. There are, of course, directors that will continue to work on film, and Christopher Nolan is one of them.
So JJ Abrams is finally talking a little bit about Star Wars because it’s getting closer to the start date, which will reportedly be in May. Abrams confirmed the screenplay is finished, and official casting decisions should hit the news soon.
X-Men Days of Future Past is coming on May 23, and it’s very promising for several reasons. First off, Bryan Singer has returned to helm the franchise. Number two, Peter Dinklage, one of the finest actors around, is in it as Bolivar Trask. Third, this movie has The Sentinels, and full blown pictures of them have just been revealed.
An estimated 12.3% (22.5 million) of the Notebook PC shipments in 2013 (182.7 million) fit into the ultra-portable segment, with year-on-year growth (of ultra-portables) reaching 100% from 2012 to 2013.
Your best friend swears by the Paleo Diet. Your boss loves Atkins. Your sister is gluten-free, and your roommate is an acolyte of Michael Pollan. So who's right? Maybe they all are.
Microwires were created in the former Soviet Union for military purposes. They formed the basis of the camouflage of a model of spy plane used by the Soviet army, but for a long time the scientific community has been studying them for other purposes.
A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity’s existence – that was the virtual scenario of this year’s Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet.
River of Hydrogen Flowing through Space Seen with Green Bank Telescope
Using the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University has discovered what could be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen flowing through space.
Air pollution from Asia has been rising for several decades but Hawaii had seemed to escape the ozone pollution that drifts east with the springtime winds. Now a team of researchers has found that shifts in atmospheric circulation explain the trends in Hawaiian ozone pollution.
One branch of a deadly pathogen’s family tree may have ended centuries ago, but from its ancient traces researchers can read a lineage with links to the modern world.
A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.
Life is best lived rather than observed. If the name Google wasn't attached would you care that much about Google Glass? I don't think so. And, you look douche-y and self-absorbed and just plain creepy when you have them on, and when people realize what you can do with them.
The next great battle for the hearts and minds of mobile computing is going to take place inside your car. A developer shows existing features in iOS 7.0.3 that are automobile-ready. Watch the video here.
While a lot of people today may find the idea of a movie about killer plants silly, Day of the Triffids is still a beloved genre story to this day, as well as a well recognized title, which means, of course, it’s going to be remade. But instead of hiring some hack to helm it, an interesting helmer is onboard: Mike Newell of Harry Potter fame.
Some years back you may recall that a movie version of Halo was in the works at Universal with Neill Blomkamp (District 9) directing, and Peter Jackson producing. Alex Garland (Dredd, 28 Days Later) also wrote the script, but the movie fell apart because it was just going to be too expensive to make.
To be honest with you, I’d never heard of Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder until I was assigned to look into it. The fact that a children’s book series could deal with flatulence is definitely cool with me, so this was an interesting discovery to say the least.
Several weeks ago, Quentin Tarantino was giddy with excitement about his latest script, The Hateful Eight, which is another western, and he was reportedly talking to Bruce Dern about a role in it. Then he decided to shelve the project because he found out the script leaked, which with any Tarantino screenplay is bound to happen.
Martial arts movies sometimes go in and out of vogue, but they never completely go away. It’s great when the genre can be reinvented in a new way, like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon did years ago, and we’re not sure if The Monkey King will be a game changer, but it certainly looks pretty wild.
The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to debut a Google Glass competitor at IFA 2014.
New types of solotronic structures, including the world's first quantum dots containing single cobalt ions, have been created and studied at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw. The materials and elements used to form these structures allow us forecast new trends in solotronics – a field of experimental electronics and spintronics of the future, based on operations occurring on a single-atom level.
Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally that a boron-based competitor to graphene is a very real possibility. Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Made of a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement, graphene is stronger pound-for-pound than steel and conducts electricity better than copper.
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from the Earth’s oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away.
Some of the oldest minerals ever analyzed by NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover show that around four billion years ago Mars had liquid water so fresh it could have supported life. The findings were announced in a special 'Exploring Mars Habitability' edition of the journal Science released last week to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Mars Opportunity Rover and its twin, Spirit, landing on the red planet.
The first look at comprehensive data on energy generation infrastructure added in the United States in 2013 shows a big jump in solar, a massive decline in wind, and natural gas dominant.
What is the optimal way to charge electric vehicles that will keep the costs associated with electricity down? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may have found one possibility, optimally varying the charging speed of plug-in electric vehicles to cut the electricity cost in half and make it ultimately much more affordable to own one of these forms of green transportation.
The three protagonists of this movie are some of the best actors in film today. Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Place Beyond the Pines), Rupert Friend (Showtime's Homeland), and the young Jack O'Connell (Skins, 300: Rise of an Empire).
Do not waste your time watching the Super Bowl this weekend, Madden 25 has it all figured out. You can spend the time doing your chores or catching the line-up on Lifetime TV, which has counter programming throughout the day, ladies.
You can get addicted to practically anything, and there was once an episode on the A&E show Intervention that dealt with gaming addiction. But these are extreme cases, and it’s hard to take stories like this too seriously because a lot of people spend way too much time on the net and playing games, which doesn’t necessarily make them junkies.
I have absolutely nothing charitable to say about Courtney Love, and we’re only doing this story at TG because it’s being considered a landmark in a legal technology suit. Or at least the press has been hyping it up that way.
With the next Star Wars movie reportedly getting ready to shoot this May, there’s going to be a big avalanche of news on the legendary space saga. Very little is official right now, which is to be expected, and JJ Abrams will keep everything as hidden as he can, but a very interesting rumor, one of many, just hit the net about a potential collaboration with Pixar.
We’re not nuts about the idea that two Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classics have been remade, RoboCop and Total Recall. There’s still a lot of fan goodwill out there for Total Recall, and for many, us included, remaking RoboCop is tanamount to blasphemy. Still, we’ve been keeping our fingers crossed, and are hoping for the best.