Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is a small form factor PC designed by Santa Clara. The first-gen unit is based on the Sandy Bridge Celeron CPU, the subsequent iteration built around the Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Core i5 processors, while the third is equipped with an Haswell SoC.
Transparent displays have a variety of potential applications — such as the ability to see navigation or dashboard information while looking through the windshield of a car or plane, or to project video onto a window or a pair of eyeglasses. A number of technologies have been developed for such displays, but all have limitations.
Okay, okay, we know what you’re thinking…Enough with the Batman Vs Superman! We couldn’t agree more. We’re sick of it too, and the movie isn’t even out yet. In fact, whoever’s waiting for Batman Vs Superman is now going to have to wait a little longer, two and a half years longer in fact.
NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record.
NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet.
We knew this day was coming for a long time, and now it’s officially here. Paramount Studios has announced they will no longer be making celluloid film prints of their movies, and theaters better have digital systems to project them, or they’ll get left behind.
When the temperature rises on Baffin Island, in the Canadian high Arctic, ancient Polytrichum mosses, trapped beneath the ice for thousands of years, are exposed. Using radiocarbon dating, new research in Geophysical Research Letters has calculated the age of relic moss samples that have been exposed by modern Arctic warming.
JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, publishes a modern approach to a famed experiment that explored one of the most intriguing research questions facing scientists today—the origin of life on earth.
As we just reported on TGD, at least one publication feels that Nintendo could be the comeback kid this year in the video game world after some tough times. We think this could be a very good year for gaming, especially considering consoles have been selling like crazy over the Xmas holidays, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers was voted one of the best titles of 2013.
Security, predictability, climate change, safety – all of these are cited by the U.S. Department of Defense as motivating factors for its embrace of energy-efficient and renewable technologies. But a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts puts just as much emphasis on another factor that might come as a surprise: cost.
There’s no technological challenge to flying commercial airliners on fuels with a substantial renewable component. It’s been done, done and done again.
There’s been a lot of Star Wars speculation all over the net, and while nothing has been confirmed, the recent reports claim that every young actor with a pulse has been supposedly up for a role, and that the original trio of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Lei, are all going to have larger roles in the next film.
The console wars really heated up during the holiday, and as we reported here on TGD, there was a surprising twist in the new year. PlayStation 4, who were originally behind in the race, ultimately came out ahead. Where Xbox One was considered a more versatile unit, the hardcore gamers helped drive PlayStation 4’s sales to the top.
The ICE xPC modular computer, which recently hit Indiegogo, is said to offer the processing power of a portable or desktop PC, even though the device weighs less than 100g (4oz).
Until recently, measuring a 27-dimensional quantum state would have been a time-consuming, multistage process using a technique called quantum tomography, which is similar to creating a 3D image from many 2D ones.
The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.
Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies in a cosmic web. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, led the study, published January 19 in Nature.
A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say.
Zero net energy, once a wild-eyed, seemingly unattainable vision, isn’t exactly mainstream, but the concept is definitely taking root in North America: A new report says the number of buildings either at or reaching for the standard has more than doubled in the past two years.
Who’s the rising star in U.S. solar? It’s North Carolina. The state isn’t quite challenging California as the U.S. leader for solar development – the hugely populous, sun-splashed Golden State is most likely a permanent fixture at No. 1. But North Carolina appears to be nosing past the likes of Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada and Massachusetts to claim the No. 2 spot.
Mozilla’s Asa Dotler recently confirmed that the company has begun testing its flagship Firefox OS on tablets.
The discovery of what is essentially a 3D version of graphene – the 2D sheets of carbon through which electrons race at many times the speed at which they move through silicon – promises exciting new things to come for the high-tech industry, including much faster transistors and far more compact hard drives.
By observing a high-speed component of a massive galaxy cluster, Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected for the first time in an individual object the kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, a change in the cosmic microwave background caused by its interaction with massive moving objects.
The first day of March 1780 was a particularly productive night for Charles Messier. Combing the constellation of Leo for additions to his grand astronomical catalog, he struck on not one, but two, new objects.
At 10:00 GMT on Monday, the most important alarm clock in the Solar System will wake up ESA’s sleeping Rosetta spacecraft.
Imagine seeing a dozen pictures flash by in a fraction of a second. You might think it would be impossible to identify any images you see for such a short time. However, a team of neuroscientists from MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds — the first evidence of such rapid processing speed.
As work to make solar power more efficient and affordable proceeds – important work that can boost solar’s share of the electricity we consume – some scientists are off on an entirely different research path. This is the effort to turn sunlight into fuel.
In 2007, Austin made the bold decision to use 100 percent renewable resources by 2012 as part of its climate action plan. By October 2011, it had achieved this ambitious goal. Read on to discover how America's most sustainable city did it.
Many were hoping that Pacific Rim would launch a giant Japanese robot trend, us included, but it wasn’t big enough of a hit to do this. Still, we’re not surprised to read a report that the robots of Gundam may in the works to come back.
With so many great shows out there, there has really been a great time for genre television. Now that it’s a new year, we’ve got all new seasons of Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Under the Dome just around the corner, but at least two of those shows will relaunch further away from each other so not to create a ratings war.
The overall worldwide tally may still favor Sony, but Microsoft can take solace that on home territory it held the competition at bay.
The Academy Awards were announced early on January 16, and the movies that won the most nominations were Gravity and American Hustle. There’s already been backlashes against both movies, with some considering them over-rated, but the Motion Picture Academy sure didn’t think so, giving ten nominations to each.
It took a long time, and some fans, like myself, never thought it would come to pass, but it’s now official…Batman the TV show is coming to DVD and BluRay this year.
The Raxda Rock dev board, equipped with a quad-core RK3188 (ARM Cortex A9) chip, is currently available at a $99 price point.
If we’ve learned anything from post-apocalyptic movies it’s that computers eventually become self-aware and try to eliminate humans.
Just a single foreign atom located in the vicinity of a molecule can change spatial arrangement of its atoms. In a spectacular experiment, an international team of researchers was able to change persistently positions of the nuclei of hydrogen atoms in a porphycene molecule by approaching a single copper atom to the molecule.
The Subaru Telescope, an 8.2-meter telescope operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, has been combing the night sky since 1999. Located at the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii, the telescope has been systematically surveying each degree of space, whether it looks promising or not, in search of objects worthy of further investigation.
Vigorous mixing in the air above large cracks in Arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pumps atmospheric mercury down to the surface, finds a NASA field campaign. This process can lead to more of the toxic pollutant entering the food chain, where it can negatively affect the health of fish and animals who eat them, including humans.
Look up at the night sky ... do you see it? The stars of the cosmos bursting in magnificent explosions of death and rebirth! No? Well, then maybe you are not looking through the "eyes" of the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) investigation, mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station Kibo module.
BYD continues its plot for world domination of green vehicle technologies, mostly seen in the mass transit sector, with the recent unveiling of a new plug-in hybrid “intended to target key world markets.”
As scientists forecast the impacts of climate change, one missing piece of the puzzle is what will happen to the carbon in the soil and the microbes that control the fate of this carbon as the planet warms.
So you thought you were really clever teaching your pet to talk. You thought you could celebrate your brilliance, have a few drinks, laugh it up. Your pet parrot didn't think it was so funny and didn't have any qualms letting the police know.
According to Twitch.TV, its service is causing people to turn off television in favor of video game playing, and to be more precise, the watching of people playing video games.
Does anyone care that Intel is inside the cloud? No. No one cares but that doesn't stop Intel from pushing the crap out of Intel Inside and pretending that it means something. It's great for the 16 companies they signed up because, now they get Intel marketing dollars for... doing nothing.
It’s very easy to get addicted to playing video games, and much time can pass where you’re just sitting there, jerking a joystick, and being immobile. But will that one day change? Can somebody come up more ways to stay active while gaming?
So Brian Griffin was killed on Family Guy. Then he came back. Fans were furious. And many are probably still furious, because it was a pretty manipulative thing to do to your audience. There’s an art to killing off a character in a story, and you have to play fair with your fans.
Two years from now, the long awaited movie adaptation of World of Warcraft will finally be hitting theaters. We at TGD have very high hopes for it, because we would love to see a good video game movie one of these days, and this one definitely has a shot.
When Marvel’s deal with Robert Downey Jr. ran out, there were some fears he would not come back for the Avengers sequel, but being the good guy that he is, Bob came back and didn’t leave anyone in the lurch. Now it’s official that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are back for the three Avatar sequels.