NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed full science operations on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Activities over the weekend included use of Curiosity’s robotic arm to deliver portions of powdered rock to a laboratory inside the rover. The powder has been stored in the arm since the rover collected it by drilling into the target rock "Cumberland" six months ago. Several portions of the powder have already been analyzed. The laboratory has flexibility for examining duplicate samples in different ways.
Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the global temperature scientists deem unsafe.
Around 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off in Earth's history. Some researchers have suggested that this extinction was triggered by contemporaneous volcanic eruptions in Siberia.
Predictions of sea level rise could become more accurate, thanks to new insight into how glacier movement is affected by melting ice in summer. Studies of the Greenland ice sheet, including during a record warm summer, are helping scientists better understand how summer conditions affect its flow. This is important for predicting the future contribution made by melting glaciers to sea level rise.
It may not last forever, but right now superheroes have never been hotter. There are still a number of superhero films in development, and 2015 will be a crucial year with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Batman Vs Superman, which has a long way to go to prove itself with the fans.
A week ago Almost Human debuted, and it got good reviews, as well as pretty strong ratings. And like a lot of shows these days, Almost Human has gotten a nice boost from DVR ratings.
Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Jurassic Park came out and became a huge box office smash. It was a hell of a game changer for FX, ushering in the age of CGI, and it also took Michael Crichton’s career into the stratosphere as a “mega author.”
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, finally came on November 23, and Google even redid their page to celebrate. What’s remarkable is that after five decades the show is still growing by leaps and bounds all over the world.
Everybody knew The Hunger Games was going to be an enormous movie, that’s a given, and it indeed pulled in an enormous haul of $307 million world-wide. While it clearly beat the original’s opening weekend by a good $9 million domestically, it still hasn’t beaten the current record set by Iron Man 3.
When newly hatched Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told analysts that Intel was moving into the foundry business, a thousand jaws in the semiconductor business must have dropped.
The cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street who created the dot.com bubble seem set to do the same thing again.
Xbox One just came out on November 22, and it completely sold out, sending a strong shot across the bow in what we call the console wars. Xbox One is trying to appeal to more people than gamers, and even though it costs $100 more than Sony PlayStation, it looks like Xbox One has reached their goal.
The consumerization of IT has reached a maturation state in key markets forcing smartphone OEMs to incorporate security and advanced enterprise features into mobile device hardware and software.
It's well known that people who communicate face-to-face will start to imitate each other. People adopt each other's poses and gestures, much like infectious yawning. What is less known is that the very physiology of interacting people shows a type of mimicry – which we call synchrony or linkage, explains Michiel Sovijärvi-Spapé.
A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency at the temperatures that computer chips operate, according to a team of theoretical physicists led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.
Intelligent telescopes designed by Los Alamos National Laboratory got a front row seat recently for an unusual birth.
No matter how painstakingly we choose the materials to build satellites, once a mission is over they are just so much junk. But what if one day they could be recycled in space for future missions – perhaps as construction material, fuel or even food?
High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions as fine as 3.5 kilometers.
The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, which debuted back in September, is said to be beating its own benchmark values as the first vehicles head into delivery. Based upon some final tuning measures, it is said to now be the fastest ever road-going automobile from this auto manufacturer.
Records are meant to be broken, no doubt about that. This includes electric vehicle records, and word out of Japan is the world record for distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single charge may now have been broken (though there’s a little confusion on this at first glance – see below), courtesy of a team which includes a noted Japanese rally driver who was the first from his country to win the world’s most famous endurance race known as the Dakar Rally.
There is no direct comparison between the two consoles. You can't do it on features. You can't do it on games. You can't do it based on any objective criteria. You need to just pick one and play the hell out of it. Why is that so hard?
If you’re not happy about Ben Affleck taking over as Batman, and who is really?, this story may not encourage you, but apparently he’s coming back to the comic business, adapting the DC title Sleeper with his old buddy Matt Damon producing as well.
It looks like Hollywood is no longer afraid of adapting video games. The movie adaption of World of Warcraft is slated for a December 2015 release, and many other titles are on the fast track for development. Now it looks like the big screen version of Gran Turismo has a screenwriter, and it’s somebody who understands genre well.
The next installment of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, opens today, and the box office pundits predict it could end up making $160 million this weekend. You may not be nuts about the Hunger Games, but thank God it replaced Twilight as the hot young adult property.
It started with the Korean Herald quoting an unnamed ARM official who, allegedly, “predicted that a 128-bit processor could hit the market in the next two years.” Now, it seems that ARM is adamant that it has no immediate plans for a 128-bit chip.
If maintaining your presence on social media is becoming a burden, Google may be able to help.
After all these years, I still have faint memories of seeing the Star Wars Holiday Special when it aired on November 17, 1978. It was the only time this special was ever shown, and George Lucas has said he wishes he could destroy every bootleg copy he could get his hands on with a hammer.
Comic books have been doing amazing business at the movies, and they’re also doing well at the newsstands too. And oddly enough, actual paper comics are still selling better than digital editions, much like actual paper books still haven’t been totally eliminated by Kindle.
A Silicon Valley jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying iPhone and iPad features.
You've got to go back to the 90s to truly appreciate how influential Carmack was and how he single handedly drove Microsoft to the Xbox.
Apple's A7 chips will feel some 64-bit heat from Intel and Android next year.
According analysts at ABI Research, Android smartphone OEMs are taking advantage of a solid presence among consumers and mobile business users to drive more business entity smartphone purchases and expand use in the enterprise.
For all the promise of graphene as a material for next-generation electronics and quantum computing, scientists still don't know enough about this high-performance conductor to effectively control an electric current.
n our universe there are particle accelerators 40 million times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Scientists don’t know what these cosmic accelerators are or where they are located, but new results being reported from “IceCube,” the neutrino observatory buried at the South Pole, may show the way. These new results should also erase any doubts as to IceCube’s ability to deliver on its promise.
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. As reported in this week’s online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scripps graduate student Emily Trentacoste led the development of a method to genetically engineer a key growth component in biofuel production.
Astronomers using the combined power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile and NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have discovered a far-flung trio of primitive galaxies nestled inside an enormous blob of primordial gas nearly 13 billion light-years from Earth. It's possible the trio will eventually merge into a single galaxy similar to our own Milky Way.
A comet's journey through the solar system is perilous and violent. A giant ejection of solar material from the sun could rip its tail off. Before it reaches Mars -- at some 230 million miles away from the sun -- the radiation of the sun begins to boil its water, the first step toward breaking the comet apart.
Costa Rica and geothermal power make obvious sense – the country is teeming with geological activity, a fact apparent to anyone who has visited active volcanoes like Arenal or Poás.
We’ve talked at length here before about how Hyundai seemingly has the lead in the race to bring mass production fuel cell vehicles to market. Already effectively doing this in Europe, the South Korean automaker has now dropped a bombshell of an announcement in the United States with plans to make a limited offering available to retail customers starting next spring.
Hollywood’s great at coming up with stupid ideas because the people who run the industry aren’t very creative. The bean counters always want to prove they can put their “stamp” on something, and often times, when you see a very stupid idea in a movie that feels wedged in, apropos of nothing, it’s usually something some idiot studio executive insisted on it until it finally became a reality.
So the console wars have officially started, and even with the factory defect issues, PlayStation 4 got off to a great start, selling a million units the first day in stores. This week, Xbox One will hit stores, and where PlayStation is trying directly for gamers, Xbox One is striving for a wider audience.
Arnie's back! I mean, really back. Not like The Last Stand back. This should be it for the geri-actioner. Trailer is drool worthy.
The first part of this was the question going through my mind when I first unboxed the Lenovo Yoga 10 tablet. You see, historically Apple products were more about design than performance. You could always get a PC that would out perform a Mac but you’d be hard pressed to find a better looking product.
US senators once again proved themselves sock-puppets for big US corporate interests by watering down a bill designed to protect innovators from patent trolls.