University of Cincinnati researchers have reached this threshold with a special structure that may someday lead to better ways of harnessing solar energy, stronger lasers or more sensitive medical diagnostic devices.
There’s promising news from the front on efforts to produce fuels through artificial photosynthesis. A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) shows that nearly 90-percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stored in the target hydrogen molecules.
As we recently reported here on TGD, it was rumored that Adam Lambert would be singing for Queen, and doing a concert tour with the band. Now that has officially come to pass, and he’ll be singing with the band this summer.
If you’ve ever contributed to a Kickstarter campaign, you usually get something in return for your help, whether it’s a t-shirt, or some other goodies. Now that the Veronica Mars movie is about to premiere, the fans who helped bring it to life are going to see some reward out of it besides the satisfaction of helping resurrect the show.
Yes, Harlan Ellison’s a crusty, angry old man, but he’s a brilliant writer, and that can’t be disputed either. Now 79, he not only did a hilarious guest spot on The Simpsons, but his work has also been adapted into several graphic novels, which Ellison has embraced whole heartedly.
So many people would love to have a Back to the Future hoverboard, one that can actually hover of course, but we’re still ways away from that kind of technology. (There was a limited edition hoverboard made by Mattel, one that didn’t float in the air of course.) Yet many people believed a recent prank about hoverboards, so much so that it had to be announced it was a hoax.
Acer is reportedly prepping a 3-in-1 device known as the Aspire Switch 10.
Taking photos with a wink, checking one's calendar with a glance of the right eye, reading text messages — the multinational cooperation Google wants to make it possible with Google Glass.
A new twist on a very old physics technique could have a profound impact on one of the most buzzed-about aspects of nanoscience. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that their unique method of light-matter interaction analysis appears to be a good way of helping make better semiconductor nanowires.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid, which has fragmented into as many as ten smaller pieces. Although fragile comet nuclei have been seen to fall apart as they approach the Sun, nothing like the breakup of this asteroid, P/2013 R3, has ever been observed before in the asteroid belt.
Astronomers say that magnetic storms in the gas orbiting young stars may explain a mystery that has persisted since before 2006.
MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful organic compounds, using a simple metal complex.
The strangest of things took place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday: The House of Representatives passed apparently meaningful energy-related legislation with true bipartisan support.
The Matrix was an incredible new vision when it dropped in theaters in 1999. Two lackluster follow-ups came after, and the Wachiowskis never regained their footing. Should they go back to the Matrix?
While Gravity didn’t win the Best Picture nod, it won more Academy Awards than any other movie on Oscar night. And appropriately enough, the film got another great nod that was very apropos, from space naturally.
The new edition of RoboCop hasn’t exactly taken off with audiences or the critics, but there may be some current speculation, or wishful thinking on somebody’s part, God knows who, that there could be a sequel. Allow us to explain…
There’s nothing more painful than people rapping who have no business rapping, or rap music being used in an inappropriate place. So does rap have any place with Game of Thrones?
While we’re not eager about the upcoming movie Divergent, which we like to call “Hunger Games Lite” here at TGD, there is a big fan base for the books, and according to reports, there’s a huge groundswell of people looking forward to seeing it at the movies.
Batman has gone through so many incarnations, and there’s a lot of different shades of light and dark you can project onto the character. The Christian Bale edition of Batman came to an end nearly two years ago now, and now the Batman video game will be winding up as well.
Who doesn't want to read their favorite ebook poolside or on the beach?
University of Cincinnati researchers are discovering how to manipulate light to one day better view the world’s tiniest objects through a super-lens, as well as how to hide an object in plain sight.
NASA has successfully concluded a remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer hazardous oxidizer – a type of propellant – into the tanks of satellites in space today.
A recent University of Oklahoma study of five decades of satellite data, model simulations and in situ observations suggests the impact of seasonal diurnal or daily warming varies between global regions affecting many ecosystem functions and services, such as food production, carbon sequestration and climate regulation.
Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space, according to MIT engineers: A spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the moon, and pick up extra rocket fuel before making its way to the lunar surface.
Exposing leafy vegetables grown during spaceflight to a few bright pulses of light daily could increase the amount of eye-protecting nutrients produced by the plants, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station.
The Oracle of Omaha sure loves wind power. Of course, Warren Buffett invests to make money, so the continuing wind plays by companies in his Berkshire Hathaway empire are really a sign of the sector’s economic attractiveness.
The news just hit that Scarlett Johansson is expecting a child with her fiancé, Romain Dauriac. This is great news, but it could also be a problem because she could start showing in her Black Widow outfit, so the Avengers 2 shoot has had to do some reshuffling schedule-wise.
One of the biggest experiments in the history of Kickstarter, the Veronica Mars movie, is about to be released. The crowd funding site resurrected a TV show that people wanted resurrected, and though it was on a tight budget and schedule, it still got made and will be out in the world very soon.
The casting for Gotham, which is the Batman TV prequel, is gaining mucho momentum, and one of the most crucial roles has just been cast, namely Bruce Wayne. Wayne will be played by David Mazouz, who was on the show Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Recently the news hit that Amazon may be using drones in the future to deliver books and merchandise. Now it appears Facebook may have some drones in their future as well.
Roku has announced a new Streaming Stick at a $50 price point.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new tool to detect and contain malware that attempts root exploits in Android devices. The tool improves on previous techniques by targeting code written in the C programming language – which is often used to create root exploit malware, whereas the bulk of Android applications are written in Java.
The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 looks like a dandelion caught in a breeze in this new Hubble Space Telescope image.
This new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 137-001, framed against a bright background as it moves through the heart of galaxy cluster Abell 3627. This cluster is violently ripping the spiral’s entrails out into space, leaving bright blue streaks as telltale clues to this cosmic crime.
The melt season across the Arctic is getting longer by five days per decade, according to new research from a team including Prof Julienne Stroeve (Professor of Polar Observation and Modelling at UCL Earth Sciences).
When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something strange and new.
Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity.
t’s a common reaction among those taking their first look at the U.S.Geological Survey’s new interactive map that depicts the location of every utility-scale wind turbine in the country: Whaddup down South?
Whether you love the Terminator series, or are tired of it, another Terminator’s on the way, and Arnold will be back. Terminator: Genesis is currently up for a summer 2015 release, and the star himself confirmed the movie will be shooting in New Orleans next month.
Big Trouble in Little China is one of those not-so-guilty pleasures that geeks everywhere enjoy. It’s not John Carpenter’s best movie, but it’s definitely a lot of fun, and it’s always good to have Kurt Russell and Carpenter working together.
Okay, so Will Smith won’t be coming back for the next two ID4 movies, but we kind of expected that, even though his career could use a boost these days. Reports had it he’d be way too expensive to bring back to ID4, but that doesn’t mean the whole cast won’t come back.
Who’s sick and tired of origin story movies? How many times have we seen the origin of Superman and Spider-Man? Who cares how the Death Star was built? And who cares how Santa Claus came to be? Didn’t we see that on a Rankin Bass special already?
First there was the tweet from famous guitarist Slash, formerly of Guns N Roses. He’s actually seen Godzilla months in advance, and he really liked it a lot. “F’n epic” was his response. Now some other people have seen twenty minutes of the new model Godzilla. The verdict?
Last year, a lucky collector with big bucks bought one of the original Batmobiles from the ’66 TV show for millions of dollars. There’s a lot of great memorabilia fans with big money can buy, and now if you’ve got to have your own Batman tumbler, you can rip down the street in one, but it will definitely cost ya.
While there was a surprise here and there at the Academy Awards this year, it was fairly predictable what would win, which is usually how the Oscars go. When the Razzies come along every year as well, it’s often pretty predictable what will win as well, especially with so many cinematic dogs stinking up the joint.
It’s amazing that some albums continue to sell in a day and age where people no longer pay for music, but there are indeed some classics that new generations will probably continue to buy for years to come. Metallica, being a big catalog artist, are certainly one of those bands, and their biggest selling album keeps marching on.
So the Academy Awards came and went, and while Gravity pulled in the most wins, it was a night where a lot of split decisions were made, especially with 12 Years a Slave and The Dallas Buyers Club, and several films were pretty much shut out (American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street). The night also made some interesting Twitter news, which is expected when the whole world is watching an event like this.
As we’ve reported before on TGD, there have been a number of geek auctions in the last several years, and for the geek who has big bucks, some incredible stuff has been sold. Several items that come to mind are the original 65mm camera that shot Star Wars, which went for a good six figures, and one of the original Batmobiles, which went for millions.