The NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Corp. Antares rocket at 1:55 p.m. EST, Jan. 7. The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Construction of a big New Mexico array that will provide some of the cheapest electricity ever under contract from solar photovoltaics is “well underway” and expected to be completed in May, according to the state’s land commissioner.
Let’s finish 2013 this way: With a vow to spread the word about the difference between watts and watt-hours, between power and energy.
Imagine someone saying, "Give me some money to make a movie about a Kung Fu cop who travels back in time to kill Adolf, aka Kung Fuhrer, but ends up with a machine gun wielding Viking and a buff giant Norse god and they ride dinosaurs and fly kick stormtroopers." You would not hesitate.
Stan Lee hit the big 91 on December 28, and it’s great to see one of the greatest representatives of comics and superheroes is still with us. We can also imagine that Stan the Man must really be relishing the fact that comic books and superheroes have never been hotter.
Okay, so by now we all know that Batman Vs Superman is going to have more than Batman and Superman, in fact, the rumors are true that they’ve just cast Wonder Woman in the film.
The year’s almost over, and it’s being called a record breaker at the box office, yet along with a number of big hits, including the Hobbit, there have also been a number of cinematic money losers as well. While The Hobbit may be ending the year on a high note, Ronin 47, the new Keanu Reeves movie, could end up becoming the biggest flop of 2013.
While the internet is one of the greatest boons to mankind, many hate it for the fact that so many people post nothing but trash, and can get away with it because they’re anonymous. The modern vernacular calls these denizens “trolls,” and frankly, trying to fight their vitriol is a pretty futile exercise, something like trying to hold back the ocean with a broom.
2013 was a hell of a year for genre movies, and 2015 will be the big year of Star Wars and Avengers 2. But how about next year? Well, turns out there’s a lot of great genre stuff coming up as well.
"Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
TS Eliot, The Wasteland
Red-faced security experts at the BBC are having to explain how a hacker broke into their systems over the Christmas break.
14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were reportedly sold through U.S. commercial channels in 2013, leading to a 25.4 percent increase over 2012.
Researchers are developing computers capable of "approximate computing" to perform calculations good enough for certain tasks that don't require perfect accuracy, potentially doubling efficiency and reducing energy consumption.
When considering the behavior of bacteria, the word "social" doesn't often come to mind. Yet some bacteria are quite social, chief among them Myxococcus xanthus, a soil-dwelling bacterium that organizes itself into multi-cellular, three-dimensional structures made up of thousands of cells that work together to hunt for food and survive under harsh conditions.
To date, scientists have confirmed the existence of more than 900 exoplanets circulating outside our solar system. To determine if any of these far-off worlds are habitable requires knowing an exoplanet’s mass — which can help tell scientists whether the planet is made of gas or rock and other life-supporting materials.
A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well. The study, led by University of Arizona anthropologist David Raichlen, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the form of user fees on the non-human use of antibiotics.
he equivalent of a 5-megawatt solar farm every hour of every day – that’s how much new solar photovoltaic power is being installed around the world right now, according to a leading industry analyst, and it’s a surge that will help the industry to a mammoth total for 2014.
There were fresh signs on Monday that the Cape Wind offshore wind power plant in Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts will become a reality: The developer and Siemens finalized a deal under which Siemens will supply turbines for the project, and Siemens said it would likely become an equity investor.
Here are three traits of resolutions that rarely work — along with some expert insight into what does.
Lockheed Martin's robotic first-responder is going forward in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds Atlas robot, built by Google's newly acquired Boston Dynamics, is one step closer to robotic overlords making us obsolete.
A genetic variant known to make some people hypersensitive to stress is also linked to a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.
So Matt Smith has finally left Doctor Who. We knew this was coming, and the show has had quite a few doctors over the decades, with a new Who ready to debut next year. So what do the reviewers think of Smith’s swan song?
Now that 2014 is almost here, it means the next Transformers film is closer to release. The fan boys can rant all they want about Michael Bay, but you’ll know they’ll come out in droves on June 27 when Transformers Age of Extinction is out in theaters.
While gaming went in the toilet during the recession, just like everything else did, the video game market has been making big comeback strides in the last two years with the success of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, GTA V, and more. And now one report tells us Nintendo could be on the verge of a big comeback as well.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to giving permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. God bless them because now they are giving us access to the best of arcade games from the 70s and 80s.
In a day and age where everybody expects everything to be free, perhaps it’s a status symbol when people are stealing your stuff like crazy. It certainly bodes well for Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, who once again are topping the charts for the most pirated shows on TV.
We all know how entitled millennials are supposed to be. Well, the next generation isn't looking so hot, either. They're stuck indoors, clasped to the bosoms of anxious parents. Is it any wonder they are addicts, addicted to interacting online.
Apple fanboys woke up this morning to the news that Macbooks were cheaper than Windows machines. It's not true, but these are fanboys so what do you expect? Depth? Clarity? Hah! Suck it, World, Apple is benevolent and wise.
Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Pavilion x2 11t is a Windows 8.1 tablet with an 11.6 inch display (1366 x 768 pixels) and detachable keyboard dock.
Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking realistic conditions inside actual batteries. While life sciences researchers regularly use transmission electron microscopy to study wet environments, this time scientists have applied it successfully to rechargeable battery research.
Human beings are highly efficient at recognising familiar faces, even from very poor quality images. New research led by a psychologist at the University of York is using advances in the level of detail available in digital photography to harness this human ability for use in forensics.
Late this month, ESA’s Mars Express will make the closest flyby yet of the Red Planet’s largest moon Phobos, skimming past at only 45 km above its surface.
Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) prepare to launch a new satellite in February.
A NASA observatory that will make the most precise, highest-resolution and most complete, space-based measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere to date has marked a key milestone in preparation for its planned July 2014 launch.
The Tokyo Motor Show, as we’ve been noticing from various stories of late, was a hotbed this year for electric vehicle ideas. Another one in this vein came from Kawasaki, which used the event to showcase its futuristic J concept personal transportation concept vehicle.
Two years ago, we told you about a project unfolding in the wine country southwest of Portland, Ore., a net-zero home that was attempting to become the first in the world to earn a trio of green building performance standards – PHIUS+ Passive House, Minergie-P-Eco and LEED for Homes Platinum.
Someone needs to give Mads Mikkelsen a big budget Hollywood role because he is a superstar. Check out this trailer for this epic French language film based on a classic German novel. Mads is a huge presence.
In 2013, a small app called Snapchat put the fear of god into Google and, for that matter, government spooks.
Asus is reportedly prepping a new laptop/tablet hybrid that features an Intel Haswell processor paired with a 1366 x 768 pixel display.
Computer scientists are constantly searching for ways to squeeze ever more bandwidth from communications networks.
When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as they continue to orbit in a dormant state for many decades. But now a new way to deorbit ageing satellites in a safe manner is nearing its first test in space.
Astronomers led by a Curtin University researcher have discovered a new population of exploding stars that “switch off” their radio transmissions before collapsing into a Black Hole.
A team of researchers studying plants has assembled the largest dated evolutionary tree, using it to show the order in which flowering plants evolved specific strategies, such as the seasonal shedding of leaves, to move into areas with cold winters.
Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.
Up to forty percent of American households could use an electric vehicle with little impact to their daily needs, according basic criteria set forth in a recent survey. The results, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union, give notion to the idea this type of personal transportation has strong potential to take root in the United States.
London in the United Kingdom, for being as large and old of a city as it is, looks to be very cutting edge when it comes to sustainability.
Giant bugs from outer space is definitely B movie stuff, and as silly as much of Starship Troopers was, I did enjoy it, primarily because of the CG bugs, which were some of the best computer effects I’ve ever seen. And yes, there are plans for another Starship Troopers film, and this one will be a reboot of the original.
Make fun of Point Break and Keanu Reeves’s stilted performance all you want, but we at TGD have been big fans for years, and have a special place in our hearts for it. Not as much as Bill and Ted of course, but Point Break was one of those movies that developed its following on cable, and it was always a treat to stumble upon it channel surfing.
Are you going to kid yourself and think that you have any hope of redeeming yourself now that you have about 90 minutes left to shop for Christmas presents? Yes, you are. So, let's see if we can help you along.