Located only about 160 000 light-years from us (eso1311) in the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), the Large Magellanic Cloud is one of our closest galactic neighbours.
Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departed Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations swung into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.
Scientists have recorded and identified one of the most prominent sounds of a warming planet: the sizzle of glacier ice as it melts into the sea. The noise, caused by trapped air bubbles squirting out of the disappearing ice, could provide clues to the rate of glacier melt and help researchers better monitor the fast-changing polar environments.
Instead of making biofuel from newly planted crops like Arundo donax – one of the main feedstocks at a big new cellulosic ethanol facility in Italy, and a plant that some environmentalists fear – why not harvest the invasive species that are already causing problems?
Toyota, from the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show, has unveiled the third generation of itsHighlander Hybrid. It has bumped up in starting price for the 2014 model from the previous year significantly, reflecting what seems to be the new design and technology touches going into this latest iteration.
As long time TGD readers know by now, JJ Abrams was hoping to have the next Star Wars movie open in 2016 so he wouldn’t be in a rush, but Disney has been adamant about the movie opening in 2015. At first, we figured it would come out on Memorial Day, which is usually when the Star Wars movies come out, but now a December 18, 2015 has been confirmed.
He was the Yin to Vin Diesel's Yang, the bright shining star of one of the biggest franchises in movies today. Paul Walker has been killed in a car crash north of Los Angeles.
If there was any doubt on how hot the 3D printing market is right now, sales are expected to reach $8.41 billion by 2020, according to a recent report by research company MarketsandMarkets.
The chip designers at ARM Holdings have turned the computing world upside down, shaken Intel to its core, pulled AMD into its orbit, and broadened its range beyond mobile into every nook and cranny of the digital world, from toys to servers. But where did this UK wonder company come from?
If you happened to grow up in the early eighties, you certainly knew about the Friday the 13th movies, even if you weren’t allowed to see them. They were what were called “mad slasher films,” an early incarnation of what became “torture porn,” and they ushered in an incredible era of make-up effects.
There were recent reports that a major character on The Simpsons will soon die on the show. The sad irony of this is that we just lost Marcia Wallace, the voice of one of my favorite characters on the show, Mrs. Krabappel. While we don’t know whether plans will still go forward to have a character on The Simpsons pass away, we did just lose a character on Family Guy, and fans aren’t too pleased about this.
Whenever people talk about rebooting superheroes, the most obvious one never comes up: Aquaman. He’s become a long running joke on Entourage as a fictional film directed by James Cameron, but there may now be a serious effort underway to revive Aquaman, and why not?
Spanish researchers, including scientists from the University of Valencia, have developed small synthetic molecules capable of joining to the genetic material of the AIDS virus and blocking its replication.
Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, and Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server and Tools business, are the last men standing according to sources. They couldn't be any different. Although rumor has it that Mulally could be brought on to groom his successor, who could be Nadella.
A top genetics expert claims that he has found evidence that modern humans were caused by pigs and chimps mating.
Search engine Google is in hot water after a privacy watchdog saw orange and ruled that its method of bringing in personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law.
An international team of researchers has found playing violent video games not only increases aggression but can also cause players to cheat and eat more chocolate.
There is no about it, drones (also referred to as UAVs and UAS) are a disruptive technology that will significantly impact geospatial professionals not only in the U.S., but around the world. While the mainstream media has mostly pushed the panic button with regards to privacy and drones, you don’t often read a discussion about using drones for mapping.
Spies in the land of the free were looking at what sort of porn people were downloading so that they might have a weapon with which to blackmail them.
The Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to ban the manufacturing of guns by 3-D printers, making Philly the first city to do so. Which is interesting, because the author of the bill, Kenyatta Johnson, isn’t aware of of any local gun-printing 3-D printers.
On November 24, Doctor Who had his 50th anniversary with the episode Day of the Doctor. The show was broadcast simultaneously world-wide, and in his native England he did very well in the ratings, with over 10 million people tuning in to watch him. However, it was not the top rated show that night. Strictly Come Dancing, a reality TV contest, was.
A convicted sex offender faces a retrial because a judge in the case did not like the fact he used Arial typeface on letters and said as much on Facebook.
The holiday season is upon us. Let us rejoice by meeting up with family, eating delicious food, angrily honking our horns at people who steal our parking spot, and arguing with other shoppers at retail stores.
I've reviewed quite a number of gadgets during 2013. Several stand out as being particularly useful, while some are just a little bit amazing.
The outfit which brought the psychological genius Wilhelm Reich to an early grave, is now gunning for Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin's cuckquean.
Dune has always been a famously problematic book to adapt to the big screen. The 1984 version was so silly, director David Lynch ended up taking his name off it. The subsequent mini-series versions, Dune and Children of Dune, didn’t hit the mark either.
As we ramp up to Black Friday this year, I’m up to my armpits in new tablets, so much so that I’m convinced some must be having unprotected sex and making tablet babies. Of course, each tablet has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
Acer has introduced its first touchscreen Chromebook.
Creating a computer program to find relationships in networks, such as Google Plus and Facebook, may help users more easily set up and maintain privacy settings, according to researchers.
A $500 "nano-camera" that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by researchers in the MIT Media Lab. The three-dimensional camera, which was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong, could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming.
Scientists should take the conservative approach when searching for habitable zones where life-sustaining planets might exist, according to James Kasting, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, including when building Terrestrial Planet Finders.
The Galaxy has been making stars for the last 8 billion years. What’s kept it going all that time? When old stars die, some of their gas goes back into the galactic “soup” for star making. But in the long run a lot of it gets locked up in long-lived dwarf stars.