The Chinese market is very important for American films these days, because without their box office, big movies can’t break even, or turn a profit. Yet now reports tell us 3D has been slowing down in China, which may also signal that the technology’s novelty may finally be wearing off.
Okay, so JJ Abrams is now going to be ruler of the Star Wars universe, and Paramount wants to keep the Star Trek franchise going with or without him. There’s been much speculation as to who could take over the Enterprise, in fact, there’s still much speculation because Paramount couldn’t get the director they wanted.
Dell has introduced its first Chromebook, a web-centric laptop targeted at the education market. The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixel), along with an Intel Haswell Celeron 2955U processor.
Are you a hipster, surfer or biker? What is your urban tribe? Your computer may soon be able to tell. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are developing an algorithm that uses group pictures to determine to which of these groups, or urban tribes, you belong.
An atmospheric peculiarity the Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is likely common to billions of planets, University of Washington astronomers have found, and knowing that may help in the search for potentially habitable worlds.
A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or comet. This is the first time such minerals have been detected on Europa's surface. The types of space rocks that deliver such minerals typically also often carry organic materials.
After a year of observations, scientists waited with bated breath on Nov. 28, 2013, as Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. Would the comet disintegrate in the fierce heat and gravity of the sun? Or survive intact to appear as a bright comet in the pre-dawn sky?
Talk about your energy jujitsu: An Australian wave power wannabe thinks that attaching its technology to oil rigs might be the best path to deployment.
It's official: East Antarctica is pushing West Antarctica around. Now that West Antarctica is losing weight--that is, billions of tons of ice per year--its softer mantle rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East Antarctica.
Adult humans get weaker as they age and then die, but that's not the typical pattern across species. Some organisms don't appear to show signs of aging at all. These are among the findings in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal Nature this week. The study compares the aging patterns of humans and 45 other species.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is coming to theaters on June 27, 2014, and Michael Bay promises this next installment will be less goofy than the predecessors. But don’t think he’s apologizing for the sins of Transformers past…
Several weeks ago, Family Guy killed off Brian Griffin. This shocked the show’s loyal fanbase, who took to Facebook in protest. Instead of marching in the streets, these days people take to the net to make their feelings known, and a lot of fans were not happy that Brian was killed off.
Movies get rebooted all the time, and video game companies have also rebooted some of their classic titles as well. Tomb Raider was recently given a whole new look, and there’s a new Mario Brothers game out in the world. So has the classic franchise been reinvented for today’s generation?
It’s been fifteen years since the disaster of the Roland Emmerich / Dean Devlin Godzilla remake, and the latest attempt to revitalize the franchise is coming on May 16, 2014. The new teaser trailer is out, and it gives audiences a good look at what the new model Godzilla looks like.
Check out the fantabulous trailer for their 2014 tentpole, but it wasn’t that long ago that the Wachiowskis came on like a house on fire…or was it? Jeez, next year it’s going to be fifteen years since The Matrix reinvented the sci-fi blockbuster, and they were never able to follow it up with anything decent since.
Yes, this is Robo-Soldier meets Groundhog Day meets Emily-Blunt-is-worth-dying-for-under-any circumstance-over-and-over-again. We are willing to die for Emily and convert for Tom.
As we all know by now, Star Wars is gaining full speed, and will be shooting sometime next year for a December 18, 2015 release date. The film is currently being cast, and while official information will be scarce for a while, there’s always interesting little tid-bits that get out there, and here’s a few of the latest.
We hear about anniversaries all the time that make us feel old, and here’s the latest one that shocked us…Can you believe Scarface is 30?
This shouldn’t be any big surprise, but it seemed inevitable that there would be a Game of Thrones video game one of these days. In fact, we’re surprised there hasn’t been one already. After all, there’s Game of Thrones beer, and you can even pay $30,000 for a full-sized metal replica of the show’s throne, so why not a video game?
I use Amazon religiously for gift giving. In fact, this year I bought gifts for everyone but my wife on Amazon, a practice which has historically worked out well. They show up wrapped and I can do all of my shopping, wrapping, and sending on one day. Yes, it’s rather brilliant.
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has reportedly confirmed that the first Ubuntu phones will be arriving in 2014.
Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull for use in practicing neurosurgical techniques.
Carbon nanotubes carry plasmonic signals in the terahertz range of the electromagnetic spectrum, but only if they’re metallic by nature or doped. In new research, the Rice University laboratory of physicist Junichiro Kono disproved previous theories that dominant terahertz response comes from narrow-gap semiconducting nanotubes.
When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
Researchers from Brown University and the University of Hawaii have found some mineralogical surprises in the Moon's largest impact crater.
About 65 million years ago, an asteroid or comet crashed into a shallow sea near what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The resulting firestorm and global dust cloud caused the extinction of many land plants and large animals, including most of the dinosaurs.
Scientists from U of T's Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG). The chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate.
This is, apparently, Google’s first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet and will feature Android 4.4, KitKat. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition will be available for purchase starting today in the United States on Google Play.
A hack for the Xbox One, which claims to make Xbox 360 games playable on the new system, is a prank which breaks the console.
Samsung hoped to suppress the news that one of its S4 phones caught fire and has created for itself a PR nightmare.
Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis.
AVG, best known for its security software applications, has added WiFi Do Not Track (DNT) to is Android PirvacyFix app. This will kill all those comments about "Minority Report" and we are happy about anything that will stop people trying to sell us crap we don't want based on erroneous information that they've gotten through nefarious means. Suck it, retailers!
Samsung has introduced a 1TB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) that weighs in at a scant 8.5 grams and measures approximately 3.85mm (0.15 inches) thick.
Heating a sheet of plastic may not bring it to life – but it sure looks like it does in new experiments at Rice University. The materials created by Rice polymer scientist Rafael Verduzco and his colleagues start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers.
A stopwatch made of light can determine the duration of extremely brief electron flashes. Teams based in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at LMU and at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have, for the first time, succeeded in measuring the lengths of ultrashort bursts of highly energetic electrons using the electric fields of laser light.
Rivers and streams release carbon dioxide at a rate five times greater than the world's lakes and reservoirs combined, contrary to common belief. Research from the University of Waterloo was a key component of the international study, the findings of which appear in a recent issue of the journal Nature.
Scientists have found evidence that there was once an ancient lake on Mars that may have been able to support life, in research published today in the journal Science.
The region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more violent place than previously understood, according to images and data from NASA's newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.
Converting sunshine into electricity is not difficult, but doing so efficiently and on a large scale is one of the reasons why people still rely on the electric grid and not a national solar cell network.
Who knows how economical it might be, but the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation – another sign of the growing interest in such products.
Morale at the US spook agency the NSA has plummeted, according to an officialish survey.
In metal, it’s always about what bands are heavier. Well how about a band that’s actually comprised of heavy metal, namely the robot band Compressorhead? We at TGD have been fascinated by the concept of a robot band that’s programmed to play metal classics, and they just played in New York as part of a General Electric celebration of “Brilliant Machines.”
Asus is all set to launch its mini phone/tablet hybrid later this week. However, pictures of the Asus Padfone Mini are already circulating online and can be viewed below.
The prospect of turning coal into fluorescent particles may sound too good to be true, but the possibility exists, thanks to scientists at Rice University.
Popular television shows such as “Doctor Who” have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time travel is even more complicated than one might think. LSU’s Mark Wilde has shown that it would theoretically be possible for time travelers to copy quantum data from the past.
Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as "spooky action at a distance."
NASA's visualization (video) below shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to December 2013.
Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments.
The cube satellites, or “CubeSats,” which typically have a volume of exactly 33.814 ounces (1 liter), were launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket late last week from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of the NROL-39 GEMSat mission.