Cars running on gasoline have been with us for almost 140 years, and diesels for almost 80 years. More than 1 billion vehicles on the planet use those fuels today. Now we have one estimate of a timeframe for such a transition, courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Agency.
Untested small suppliers almost never get in the door of the world’s major automakers. This is fascinating story about Department of Energy backed Envia Systems, General Motors, and the battery technology that wasn't all it claimed to be, in a big way.
This Friday and Saturday, Google's latest product line will be on competitive display at a Florida racetrack. No, this isn't about the self-driving cars Google has been famously developing, but rather another genre of semi-autonomous devices: robots. In recent months, the company has been on a robotics buying spree.
Two researchers at York University have worked out a way to communicate between two points using vodka evaporated into the air.
When is one arm better than two? When you’re trying to build a mobile-manipulator robot that somebody can actually afford to buy.
A zero-day vulnerability that allows attackers to gain back-end access to popular open-source advertising server OpenX Source has been discovered by Florian Sander, founder of the continuous checklist tool Checkpanel.
This 1969 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (chassis SRX6927) was built and campaigned by the 3 Pedal Mafia racing team in the 24 Hours of Lemons series. They had the terrible idea of racing a Rolls in Lemons, and this is the car they found.
Those new to personal 3D printing may still glow from the thrill of creating objects simply by pushing the "print" button. It is always amazing to see objects appear from nothing and then hold them in your hand. Not necessarily. Newbies may think of their 3D printer as a black box that produces objects, which is of course true, but there is much more you can do by thinking of 3D printing in a different way. Think of 3D printing as a type of manufacturing process. It's one of MANY ways you can build things.
By now, everyone knows that if you shopped at Target and paid by credit card between November 27 and December 15, 2013, you may be vulnerable and a victim of this humongous breach of security.
Neuroscientists at Cambridge University have come up with a more interesting use for their Inkjet printer other than printing photos of the lab's Christmas party.
The fruit themed toymaker Apple's legendary sloppy security has been brought into the spotlight again after it was revealed that you can turn on the laptops camera without the owner knowing.
Yay, Christmas. Time for giving. T-Mobile is giving you 200 MB of free data per month. Check out the fine print, but it's a deal.
Okay, hope nobody really young is reading this right now, but we all know there’s no such thing as Santa Claus, although it’s always been a wonderful myth. And in today’s day and age, it fun to think of the logistics required to travel around the world and give all the kiddies their toys.
LG has unveiled an all-in-one PC running Google's web-centric Chrome operating system (OS). Dubbed Chromebase, the system will be showcased at CES 2014 this January in Las Vegas.
Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.
New research published in the journal Nature resolves decades of scientific controversy over the origin of the extremely energetic particles known as ultra-relativistic electrons in the Earth's near-space environment and is likely to influence our understanding of planetary magnetospheres throughout the universe.
There was a point where the Star Wars video games were considered the way of the future, as innovative as the first movie when it was unleashed in 1977. Some even felt they could have picked up the mantle for Star Wars story telling where the movies dropped the ball.
Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence to a controversial phenomenon known as the sponge effect, which is at the center of a debate about how to minimize flood damage and maximize water availability in the tropics.
Astronomers affiliated with the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) have discovered two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded, 10 billion light-years away and a hundred times more luminous than a normal supernova. Their findings appear in the Dec. 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.
The Social Network, the story of Facebook, was a hit film for David Fincher, and at one point it even inspired Brett Ratner to try and make a movie about the development of MTV using the same template. Now the story of Twitter may be using the same formula as well, this time as a television series.
A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.
Hyundai, fresh off the buzz that it will be doing a limited American release of its fuel cell vehicle next year, is advancing further into this niche auto market segment with word of a hydrogen powered concept.
If you’re a self-respecting geek, Phil Tippett is one of those names in FX that everyone in our brethren knows, along with Rick Baker (Men in Black), Greg Nicotero (Walking Dead), and many others. Tippett is the FX innovator who first broke through doing stop motion animation for Star Wars, and he also provided FX for RoboCop, Starship Troopers, and The Twilight films. (Please don’t hold that against him.)
Every once in awhile an electric vehicle comes along which just wows my socks off. Usually they are also the ones I’ll never be able to pay for on a writer’s salary. The latest of these is the recently unveiled Wattman super electric motorcycle from Franch brand Voxan.
Microsoft never liked Larry Ellison's network computers. Clinging to that orthodoxy risks another mis-step.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. So it goes with presents like Furby. This reverse engineering project is not only fun, but pretty smart, exposing the power of this evil automaton.
The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) announced the launch of the exchange industry’s first cyber security committee. The committee is tasked to combat systemic cyber abuse against world capital markets.
When Steven Spielberg first broke through in the movie biz, it was inconceivable that somebody that young could be a director. And indeed, this was a period when young people were finally breaking through in Hollywood and telling their own stories, and the big Spiel made his mark pretty early.
Suck it, Sharknado! We thought you had brought together the greatest confluence of B-movie cliches known to man. Well, you lose to this Battle of the Damned trailer. And, as a bonus, it is not too shabby looking.
So now we know that the next three Avatar films are going to be shot in New Zealand, and principal photography will probably begin some time late next year. This is definitely going to be an epic of science fiction, but Godfather epic?
In the age of Hi Def, we can see things sharper, and more realistically, than ever. But how sharp and realistic do we really need to see things? Are there times things can be so sharp they can feel unreal? And how much can the untrained eye really see?
You may recall two years ago there was this preacher, Harold Camping, telling everyone the world was going to end on May 21, 2011. We hope none of you blew all your money, or did anything really insane like run down the street naked covered in blue paint because you thought the world was indeed coming to an end, because obviously it didn’t.
It was just announced that Joseph Gordon Levitt has expressed keen interest in the big screen version of Neil Gaiman’s classic graphic novel Sandman. Now it is indeed confirmed he’s onboard, not just as a star but as a director as well.
As long time TGD readers know, we’ve been reporting on the importance of overseas box office for movies. Without the big bucks coming in from China especially, a lot of movies can’t earn their money back, let alone make a profit.
It is bad enough to be fined for distributing an illegal movie torrent, but a Swedish movie pirate found himself fined extra for distributing copy that was poor quality.
A mobile botnet called MisoSMS is giving the Android platform a kick in the botnets, stealing personal SMS messages and sending them to attackers in China.
The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes. Hampering this change, however, has been the so-called dendrite problem.
Do you have a forgettable face? Many of us go to great lengths to make our faces more memorable, using makeup and hairstyles to give ourselves a more distinctive look. Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms.