Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.
A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin's Origin of Species.
One reason range extended electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt are relatively popular is they make use of an internal generator to help let you drive further. The challenge is these extenders are usually gasoline powered, using fossil fuels for their energy source. What if they could be hydrogen fuel cell extenders instead though?
Natural gas might be eating coal’s lunch, but natural gas always has a friend in coal. Coal forever makes gas – even when obtained by fracking – look good.
The RSA has angrily denied a claim that it secretly took $10 million from the NSA to use the buggered up Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator in its encryption products.
Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be part of Marvel’s “phase two” of new big screen adaptations. We just reported that Paul Rudd has been cast as Ant-Man, and now a crucial role for Guardians has just been cast, the tree man Groot.
Although the final Harry Potter book and movie are long past us, you knew the franchise would still continue somehow. In fact, Warner Brothers will keep the Hogwarts gang going for a while with the Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and now reports are telling us Harry Potter’s hitting the stage as well.
I’ve always found the concept of the TV Yule log amusing. There are many people who don’t have fire places, so someone came up with the idea of playing a video of a burning fireplace log you could tune in to on Xmas. In recent years, you could even get a DVD copy of this, and there will probably be people downloading it on YouTube.
Long time readers of TGD know that a team of dedicated car fanatics have restored the original Back to the Future DeLorean, and BTTF’s screenwriter, Bob Gale, helped bring it all together. Now in a new article, written by yours truly, the gang behind the restoration talked about the challenges they faced, as well as how all the work and effort finally paid off.
Apple and Google are not as popular with San Francisco residents as they might think.
It is just as we predicted, British Prime Minister, David Cameron's wonderful "save the children" porn filter is just another attempt by the Tories to prevent people finding out information.
It was fun to see video games actually being treated like a sport with the League of Legends tournament, and now there’s what’s being called the “Killer Robot” Olympics. Sounds like something out of Westworld, so we were curious to find out more.
The Lini PC is a small desktop computer with an Intel Haswell processor. The system is designed to run either Xubuntu 13.10 (Linux) or Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro.
Even scientists are fond of thinking of the human brain as a computer, following sets of rules to communicate, make decisions and find a meal. But if the brain is like a computer, why do brains make mistakes that computers don't?
A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.
Massive stars – those at least 8 times the mass of our Sun – present an intriguing mystery: how do they grow so large when the vast majority of stars in the Milky Way are considerably smaller?
The photo known as Earthrise is the first color photograph of Earth taken by a person in lunar orbit. Earthrise is the cover photo of TIME's Great Images of the 20th Century, and is the central photo on the cover of LIFE's 100 Photographs That Changed the World.q
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), a spacecraft that made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets, has returned its first set of test images in preparation for a renewed mission.
The world of autonomous driving vehicles, which of late has mostly been dominated by news of self-driving Google Prius hybrids and a robotic Nissan Leaf on Japanese roads, grew a little more recently via American automaker Ford. The company recently unveiled it has converted one of its Fusion Hybrids into a research project for this developing technology.
One-tenth of the way – that’s about how far along OCI Solar Power is in constructing a planned 400-megawatt photovoltaic power generating plant in San Antonio. Still, even with just the 41-MW first phase completed, the company has now constructed the largest PV plant in Texas.
The German courts have spoken and saved mankind from the tyranny of fully copyrighted smut that requires payment when freely posted to the Internet for free use by people who are free to then do stuff to it in the privacy of their own love dens.
Facebook recently unveiled a new feature for advertisers: video ads that autoplay in select users' News Feeds. It started with ads for the teen dystopia movie Divergent. But, users are not as happy as advertisers.
Any way you cut it, this is a bad situation for Target's shoppers and the company itself, and I don't see how it gets any better right now. The latest from Krebs, who broke the story in the first place, will blow your mind.
Rob Ryan, from Western Digital, used his bits and pieces from drives made by his company to create this one-of-a-kind model. The only parts of the car not made from hard drives are the tires which are made from a resin made by Dupont called Delrin.
The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.
Radio Disney, "home of the hottest kids' music," is teaming up with Ohio's oil and gas industry to teach school kids that pipelines are awesome.
Check out what happens when Drones are used for good. This Mistletoe Drone visited Union Square in San Francisco recently and got everyone kissing. Aw. Merry Christmas.
It's someone's money and the IRS wants its cut. However, it doesn't seem like anyone knows how virtual currencies are going to be handled by the tax authorities.
We are feeling real Christmas-y today, folks. This is a pretty cool video showing a chemistry lab autosampler being used to produce Deck the Halls, almostly flawlessly. The autosampler is the Teledyne CETAC Technologies ASX-7600. We'd buy one but it's a big price to pay for a piano or zither or whatever it is pretending to be.
Just saw this recent video posting with Dennis Muren looking back on how Industrial Light & Magic animated the AT-AT walkers from The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth sequence -- and the inspiration for the techniques used.
Merry Christmas. Nothing says "tis the season" like a drug war, Arnie hitting things, Arnie shooting at things, and Mexican cartels kidnapping your loved ones. Pass the nog, bro, and let's watch the awesome follow up trailer for one of our most anticipated movies of 2014.
The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up.
A new study discovers brain networks reorganize their connections throughout life to improve efficiency. Investigators discovered the process begins earlier in girls, which may explain why they mature faster during the teenage years.
The United States is increasingly becoming a nation of single people, with 103 million of them, or more than 44%, currently not married (i.e., divorced or widowed or have always been single).
From today until January 1, Sega is getting in the festive spirit by offering a range of price cuts on selected Sonic the Hedgehog mobile titles. Sonic Jump is going free for the promotion, while there are savings of up to 80% across other titles.
“Ball don’t lie,” Rasheed Wallace famously said during a basketball game once. Stick nine sensors in that same basketball, though, and you can really find out the truth about your game. That’s the idea behind the 94Fifty Smart Sensor basketball, developed by InfoMotion Sports Technologies.
Say "laptop" or "tablet" or "app" to a technophile and you may get them interested. Say "robot," and you've got them excited. For centuries, we've been intrigued by the concept of creating mechanized beings that are as much like us as possible.
Here's some holiday cheer for everyone: a Raspberry Pi lightshow like no other.
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of web-based courses but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.
Have you ever had the misfortune of sitting in the vicinity of an incorrigible cellphone user, unable to escape the sound his or her incessant chatter? Well, if you fly Delta Airplane, you’ll never have to experience that kind of annoyance on an airplane.
As we’ve just reported on TGD, Xbox is moving into creating their own TV shows, and rumor has it the first series may be Halo. Now there’s news that Xbox will be making documentaries about video games, and the first installment is going to be a doozy.
There’s been so much in the news lately about Batman Vs Superman, and comic fans are bracing themselves for what could be a huge disaster. We’re definitely keeping our minds open on this one, but there’s already quite a few warning signs that should not be ignored, especially the Bat-casting of Ben Affleck.
Marvel has launched “phase two” of their superhero movie series, which will culminate in 2015 with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. One movie that’s been in the works for some time has been Ant-Man, which will be directed by Edgar Wright.
Okay, so we just reported that two grown men have spent a considerable amount of time building a full sized Lego car, and one of our writers found this a bit disturbing. Now here’s a different point of view…
I try to avoid bad movies as much as I can, and not bad movies that are fun, like Plan 9 From Outer Space. I mean really bad sh*t like Armageddon, movies that you wouldn’t watch again to get out of debt. In fact, it was that film, Batman and Robin, and the ’98 remake of Godzilla where I really had to draw a line in the sand and vow never to sit through anything that awful again.
It is on a blog post on Instagram so, you can't deny them the self-serving endorsement of their own product. Instagram's ad people are happy with results for Levis and Ben & Jerry's ads. so far. Who doesn't love Levis and Ben & Jerry's, Instagram?