Any textbook will tell you that oxygen is essential for advanced life to evolve. But why did life not explode when oxygen levels rose dramatically 2.1 billion years ago? This is the big question after a Danish/Swedish/French research team, led by University of Southern Denmark, has shown that the oxygen content 2.1 billion years ago was probably the same as when life exploded 500 million years ago.
Most solar cells used in homes and industry are made using thick layers of material to absorb sunlight, but have been limited in the past by relatively high costs. Many new, lower cost designs are limited as their layer of light-absorbing material is too thin to extract enough energy.
Volvo seems to want to be on the cutting edge of electric vehicle research, despite the fact it doesn’t have that much in the way of actual green car offerings as of yet. It’s already been involved in a project that puts power lines in roads to consistently charge EVs passing overhead, and now it is tinkering with energy storage built directly into car panels.
No, the idea isn’t to power commercial air travel with photovoltaic solar – that’s being left that to super-lightweight, experimental efforts like Solar Impulse.
The company is wary of wearable devices but it will compete with its own device, but it thinks its tablet will be something completely different.
These days, there’s only so many animation companies out there, because it’s very hard to compete with Disney and Pixar. But back in the day, there were a number of cool companies that made cartoons. Not only did Hanna-Barbera rule Saturday morning TV, but you also had the classic Warner Brothers re-runs, and the terrific cartoons of Filmation.
Researchers at the University of Washington have identified the desire to resist constant connectivity and to step back from the online world. The authors of a paper to be presented at the Berlin iConference in early 2014 wanted to understand the overserved.
With its upcoming sequels, Avatar has the potential to become the biggest sci-fi franchise since Star Wars. There will be three more Avatar films, and now the next installment has a potential starting time.
The next installment in Thor, Thor: the Dark World, should end up doing very well considering he’s part of the Avengers team. While fans are salivating for Avengers 2, which is due in 2015, they had Iron Man 3 this summer to keep them satisfied for a while, and Thor should also help bridge the gap nicely as well.
With so many remakes and reboots, it’s wonderful to see an actual original movie doing so well. In fact, Gravity is the #1 movie in the country for three weeks now, and it has stood its ground very easily against the remake of Carrie, and the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, which was a big flop.
Along with Star Wars, Avengers 2, and Batman Vs Superman, another big franchise coming in the summer of 2015 will be the fifth Terminator movie, which is currently slated for a July 1, 2015 release.
Lenovo has debuted the A10, an Android-powered laptop boasting a 10.1-inch touchscreen display (1366 x 768 display), ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and up to 9 hours of battery life.
Like undiscovered groves of giant redwoods, centuries-old living corals remain unmapped and unmeasured. Scientists still know relatively little about the world’s biggest corals, where they are and how long they have lived. The secret to unlocking these mysteries may lie with a shoebox-size flying robot.
Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star.
Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from billions of dollars in flood damage. Tufts University geologist Andrew Kemp sees the possibility of damage from storms smaller than Sandy in the future.
For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth. All those digital records need to be stored, indexed and processed so that spacecraft engineers, scientists and people across the globe can use the data to understand Earth and the universe beyond.
Developed to help scientists learn more about the complex nature of celestial objects in the universe, astronomical surveys have been cataloguing the night sky since the beginning of the 20th century. The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)—started searching the skies for certain types of stars and related phenomena in February.
Honda luxury brand Acura is now in the second year of production of its more entry level ILX sedan, which is based upon the Honda Civic platform. It is also the second year of a hybrid offering for this model, and it has just been released to Acura showrooms for a starting price of $28,900.
Back-up batteries and solar chargers are fine, but if you’re in a real emergency where phone power is a must, both can be cumbersome and time-consuming. A new gadget on Kickstarter clears through the clutter and puts the power back in your hands–literally.
When he was the god of code at iD Software, he would have Microsoft's DirectX developers begging him for his support. That was just 3D, now Carmack is going to spice up our reality and he is still the king of gaming.
One of the biggest bittorrent search engines has ceased operation. The Isohunt website is shutting down after more than ten years according to its founder, Gary Fung.
36% of Twitter users don't use their account and 7% have shut down their account according to a recent poll. Doesn't bode well for upcoming IPO.
After advertising online since June, the couple managed to quietly give birth and get just over $8,000 for the newborn.
According to the Daily Telegraph:
After a home birth, designed to cover-up the crime, they handed over the baby girl and received a large cash payment into their bank account on the very same day.
In the video game Deus Ex - Human Revolution, Sarif Industries, a fictitious company, makes a prosthetic device with great potential. The Sun newspaper in Britain thought so, too, failing to realize that it wasn't, in fact, real.
The Japanese really don't like the service industry. This time it isn't robot servers but an automted sushi restaurant where the eaters order from their table, have their food delvered by conveyor belt, and send their dirty dishes back down a chute. If they do a good job, they get to play a game on their little table consoles.
Display technology hasn't kept up with the improvements in hardware graphics from the likes of companies like Nvidia. So, fully rendered 3D gaming experiences are not all they can be. Now, engineers at Nvidia want to make your display play ball with your graphics hardware to give you the best experience possible.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty may be a work of art or a classic short story. But, Ben Stiller is treating it like a Michael Bay treatment in this trailer for his upcoming remake of the Danny Kaye movie. Neither film has anything to do with James Thurber's original short story as much as they like to think, but it doesn't hurt to pretend that they do.
In a presentation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Quarckslab, a research company that specializes in addressing security problems, takes on Apple's assertion that it's iMessage technology can be trusted not to give up its secrets.
If there’s anything I really love about going to the movies, it’s the popcorn. No matter what brand I try elsewhere, I have yet to find any that replicates the kind I eat in the theaters. (BTW, for whatever it’s worth, I love it without butter, straight no chaser.)
We’re still awaiting the verdict on how Pacific Rim will do on home video, and whether this will help the movie finally make some money. There’s still hope there will eventually be a sequel, and it would be great to see Pacific Rim become a film series, even though giant robots beating the crap out of giant monsters is not a cheap proposition.
Today is a day many horror fans have been dreading for a long time: The release date of the remake of Carrie. We at TGD are not fans of the endless conveyor belt of horror remakes, and we absolutely put Carrie in the category of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Although Kurt Cobain tragically took his own life nearly twenty years ago, you can still see Nirvana shirts and posters everywhere. We never expected the band to go forgotten, but considering the ultra short attention span people have with today’s pop culture, it’s nice to see that Nirvana’s music has lived on for another generation.
Some time back on TGD, we wrote about diversity in comic books, especially considering The Falcon, an African-American superhero, will be in the next Captain America film. We at TGD are all for diversity in superheroes, and we welcome the news that Stan Lee has announced the world’s first Indian superhero, Chakra: The Invincible.
With a name like “Skully” there is admittedly some irony in pointing to this company as one that appears to have created a motorcycle helmet which fits the Steve Jobs Apple usability model.
Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.
The gauzy rings of Saturn and the dark side of the planet glow in newly released infrared images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
A new image of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it. The comet will pass closest to the sun on Nov. 28.
Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.
Let’s take a brief moment to travel back in the hybrid time machine to 2010. In late March of that year, Mazda announced it was licensing hybrid technology from Toyota to develop its own hybrid offering, which would likely see the light of day in Japan in 2013.
There’s even more turmoil than usual in the U.S. biofuels policy realm, with lawsuits, demands for criminal investigations, leaked documents and threats flying all over the place.