Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth - Ridge A in Antarctica – a UNSW-led team of researchers has identified a giant gas cloud which appears to be in an early stage of formation. Giant clouds of molecular gas – the most massive objects in our galaxy – are the birthplaces of stars.
A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA’s third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024. The PLATO – Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars – mission was selected by ESA’s Science Programme Committee for implementation as part of its Cosmic Vision 2015–25 Programme.
Selecting a Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf — or one of many other new models — shoppers in the United States bought more than 96,000 plug-in electric cars in 2013. That’s a tiny slice of the auto market, but it’s up eighty-four percent from the year before. In Vermont, as of January 2014, there were 679 plug-in vehicles, according to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. That’s two hundred percent growth over 2013.
Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains.
Mark Jacobson, the Stanford professor who specializes in designing scenarios for a massive transition to renewable energy, is at it again – in a more high-profile way than ever.
Though most of the time when you hear about electric buses these days it is because of Chinese manufacturer BYD, others do have contributions to the developing mass transit space as well. One of these is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is supplying two units in “a zero emissions transportation system being planned by the city of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.”
With Project Tango, Google hopes to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
Are we on the brink of a robotics revolution? That’s what numerous media outlets asked last December when Google acquired eight robotics companies that specialize in such innovations as manipulation, vision, and humanoid robots.
Scientists using CSIRO's Parkes telescope and another telescope in South Africa have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids — large lumps of rock from space.
Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars.
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth’s magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. The giant explosions, called hot flow anomalies, can be so large at Venus that they’re bigger than the entire planet and they can happen multiple times a day.
Today, deep waters formed in the northern North Atlantic fill approximately half of the deep ocean globally. In the process, this impacts on the circum-Atlantic climate, regional sea level, and soak up much of the excess atmospheric carbon dioxide from industrialisation — helping to moderate the effects of global warming.
How might it be possible to improve upon the already popular, tech heavy Tesla Model S electric sedan? Turn it over to creative auto concept designers Rinspeed. This outfit, which has turned out some rather interesting designs over the years, is taking to the Geneva Motor Show later this year with XchangeE, an autonomous driving design idea.
Up to 50,000 tons of food waste a year won’t be going into landfills in Norway. It’ll be going into buses. How’s that? Well, the grimy grub will become transportation fuel at a new Wärtsilä-built biogas liquefaction plant outside Oslo.
Several weeks ago, the screenplay for the next Quentin Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight, leaked, and he shut down the project in disgust. He also filed a lawsuit against the site Gawker for posting a link to the script.
For those who remember having to suffer through Vanilla Ice when he was on top of the world, it was indeed a very traumatic time in pop culture history. We’ve tried to forget it and black it out of our memories as much as we could, but like a lot of trauma, it sometimes comes back to us in bits and flashes from time to time.
Right now, there’s a number of major genre properties that are finalizing their casting. Star Wars, of course, is the big daddy, but there’s no official word on that one just yet. There is, however, finally official news on Terminator: Genesis, The Fantastic Four, and the TV show Gotham.
After the incredible success of Harry Potter, JK Rowling could write practically anything and command huge money for it. But every artist wants to be recognized for new work, and not ride on the laurels of their past, at least not if they can help it.
We’ve reported on TGD that Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files, is back with a new show, The After, and Amazon’s got him. They’re launching the pilot, and hopefully a full series will soon grow from it if it catches on with audiences.
One of the most anticipated movies coming this summer is the reboot of Godzilla. As we reported here on TGD, the new Godzilla was the most watched trailer on YouTube, with over four million fans checked it out, and we really hope this new Godzilla will finally get it right.
While the whole Angry Birds thing is a pop culture phenom that’s never been on my radar, the brand is apparently still popular enough in popular culture that an animated movie is in the works at Sony.
When Devo peaked in 1980, a lot of fair weather fans dug them because the song Whip It was a hit, but they really didn’t understand the concept behind the band, and a lot of people dismissed them as idiots. The band played dumb, because their name was a reference to mankind getting dumber, but the band and their music were both a lot smarter than many realized.
There’s been a lot of controversy over high frame rates. A lot of people don’t think they make movies look better, but they sure do wonders for video games. Still, Peter Jackson and James Cameron feel high frame rates in movies are the way of the future, and Cameron is debating how many frames per second he wants to go for the Avatar sequels.
The Lego Movie is doing amazing business at the box office, and although Legos have been popular children’s toys forever, they’re having a huge resurgence right now because of the movie’s success. Is this only the beginning of what could be a big resurgence in popular culture? We think so, and the fact that The Simpsons are going Lego is another big sign.
When you’re the President, you can make a lot of demands and people will move heaven and earth to try to get it done. World peace is tough to negotiate, but how about an advance DVD of Game of Thrones?
The Mele X1000 is an Android TV Box powered by a Telechips TCC8935 dual core processor paired (ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2GHz + Mali-400MP2 GPU) with 1GB RAM and 4GB Flash.
The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods that make them difficult and expensive to manufacture.
A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices.
A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness.
Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet (100.3 meters), the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months.
Picture a single cloud large enough to span the solar system from the sun to beyond Pluto's orbit. Now imagine many such clouds orbiting in a vast ring at the heart of a distant galaxy, occasionally dimming the X-ray light produced by the galaxy's monster black hole.
One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that's been known to drive people daffy. It's one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants that often becomes a hard-to-control weed in ponds and small lakes. But it's also been exploited to clean contaminated water and as a source to produce pharmaceuticals.
New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer thanks to research to be published in the International Journal Biomechatronics and Biomedical Robotics.
Most of us who write about mobile are constantly searching for the next killer application. You know, that thing that folks just can’t live without. You’d think it would be something useful that would make our lives better, safer, or longer but it is, more often than not, a lot closer to Flappy Birds.
Walking around the streets searching for a place to eat will be no hassle when a head-mounted display (HMD) becomes affordable and ubiquitous.
"How do I know that the new installed app behaves as described?" asks Andreas Zeller, professor of software engineering at Saarland University. So far experts have identified so-called malicious apps by checking their behavior against patterns of known attacks. "But what if the attack is brand-new?" asks Zeller.
Spraying reflective particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and then stopping it could exacerbate the problem of climate change, according to new research by atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington.
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz uses computer simulations to explore the universe's most violent events, so when the first detailed observations of a star being ripped apart by a black hole were reported in 2012 (Gezari et al., Nature), he was eager to compare the data with his simulations. He was also highly skeptical of one of the published conclusions: that the disrupted star was a rare helium star.
Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as a fuel because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric materials.
Every time a remake tanks, there’s always the hope that the reboot conveyor belt will eventually stop. Yet even with remakes like RoboCop, Endless Love and Total Recall not doing well, there’s still remakes being announced all the time, including the inevitable, Gilligan’s Island: The Movie.
Tasmanian researchers have revealed ancient conditions that almost ended life on Earth, using a new technique they developed to hunt for mineral deposits.
If you work a job where you’re always on your feet, it can be murder on your knees as well as your tootsies if you don’t have comfortable shoes. Other than investing in a good pair of Doctor Scholls, can 3-D printing create a more comfortable shoe?
It was a phrase repeated a thousand times last week: The newly dedicated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will generate enough electricity “to power 140,000 homes,” the stories went. But what exactly does that mean?
For those who grew up in the seventies, there’s anniversaries in the news all the time that make us feel old. So for today’s generation, here’s anniversary that’s going to make you feel old…Lost is hitting the decade mark.
It’s amazing there was actually a study on this, because this one of the most obvious things anyone can say…people who troll on the internet are statistically shown to be awful people.
Stephen King has always been prolific, and we’re not surprised to learn he’s got two new books coming out this year. Frankly, we’re shocked he’s not putting out a new book every week, but anyways…
Back to the Future II took place in 2015, and with that year just around the corner, there have been a number of stories on the net where people are trying to see what actually came to pass from the movie. In fact, a friend of mine recently wondered when we were finally going to get self-tying shoes.
The news that there’s a Knight Rider remake in the works shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone. Practically everything’s being remade at this point, and we’re sure Baywatch was going to get the big screen treatment at some point as well. After all, if Gilligan’s Island the Movie is in development at Warner Brothers, any tired old TV show is up for grabs.
When George Lucas sold his company to Disney, it wasn’t just for three more Star Wars films. There’s plans for a number of spin-off stories, including possible stand alone movies with Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda.