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August 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 05:59AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

The droughts that have been hitting the western US in recent years are having more of an effect than probably most people would expect. Beyond the water restrictions and some dying plant life, geological data suggests the droughts have caused the entire west coast to wise a little, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

Across the country there are networks of highly precise GPS stations, and those along the west coast have seen an apparent uplift in recent years. More specifically the uplift has coincided with the droughts the states in the area have been suffering. Analysis of the data indicates that some of California's mountains have risen 15 mm (over half an inch) with an average of 4 mm across the west.

Crunching the numbers reveals that approximately 240 gigatons of water, or 62 trillion gallons, would have to be missing to explain the vertical shift. This opens up a new use for GPS networks as a potential means to measure water stocks across the world.

Source: University of California, San Diego

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:53AM PST by bp9801

We have reached the end of the week, but before it does, there are some items for you to check out. There is a review on the ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 digital headset, which has plenty of enhancements over the previous version, like a speaker pass-thru, Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect your phone, a retooled in-line remote, and plenty more. We also have a look at the ECS LIVA Mini PC kit, which has everything you need to build an incredibly small Windows computer. To end things today is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the week.

ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Hands On with the ECS LIVA Mini  PC Kit @ ThinkComputers

Podcast #314 @ PC Perspective

August 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:39PM PST by ClayMeow

Publisher Paradox Interactive is best known for its strategy games and today it has announced a new addition to its roster, Ancient Space. Ancient Space is a single-player, story-driven, real-time strategy game from developer CreativeForge Games, which "puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in 'The Black Zone'." CreativeForge promises a compelling story where your decisions will matter and impact the story. The game will feature thirteen ship types, multiple officers too choose from each with their own special abilities, and of course upgrades for both humans and ships.

Paradox has also announced that Ancient Space will feature quite the cast, including fan-favorite actors from science fiction television series and films: John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, True Blood); Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica); Ron Glass (Firefly); Richard Gunn (Dark Angel); Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis); and Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager). If the names don't ring a bell, I attached their photos below, in order, along with some screenshots.

Ancient Space is planned to arrive exclusively for PC (Windows and Mac) via Steam this Fall.

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (1) | Posted at 04:03PM PST by CheeseMan42
Sharkoon Releases Mini-ITX PC Case

Sharkoon has announced that its latest case, the CA-I Mini-ITX, is immediately available. The case has dimensions of 213 x 225 x 259 mm, but uses a compartmental design to help maximize the amount of components that can fit inside. It is able to accommodate full size ATX power supplies, graphics cards up to 20.7 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 10.5 cm in height. A 120 mm fan is installed in the top of the case with the option to install an additional 60 mm fan in the back. A single 3.5" and 2.5" drive can be installed, or a pair of 2.5" drives can be installed.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:53PM PST by CheeseMan42
Tesoro Announces Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard

Tesoro has announced its latest gaming accessory, the Excalibur LED backlit mechanical keyboard. Users are given the option to choose from USB 6 N-Key Rollover or N-Key Rollover to allow for full anti-ghosting. The keyboard uses a 1000Hz polling rate and a game mode switch function to ensure that accidental key presses don't take you out of your game. The Excalibur is equipped with 512kB of onboard memory for storing five macro profiles that accommodate 300 macro keys each. There are four levels of LED backlighting with five levels of on-key LED illumination. The Excalibur will be available in mid September at an MSRP of $89.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:28PM PST by ClayMeow
Windows 9

Last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to unify Windows across all its platforms: Windows for PCs and tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One. That time may come sooner than anticipated. According to The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil the next major version of Windows, codename "Threshold", at a preview event on September 30, with ZDNet reporting that multiple sources confirm a "technology preview" will be made available to the public in late September or early October.

Threshold, or Windows 9 if you prefer, will supposedly improve Windows' usability on non-touch devices, along with a slew of new features: "a new 'mini' Start Menu; windowed Metro-Style applications that can run on the Desktop; virtual desktops; and the elimination of the Charms bar that debuted as part of Windows 8. Cortana integration with Windows Threshold is looking like it could make it into the OS, as well." General consensus seems to indicate that Microsoft nails it every other major consumer iteration (Win98 good, WinME bad, WinXP good, Vista bad, Win7 good, Win8 bad); so based on that, Windows 9 should be superb!

Source: The Verge and ZDNet via PC Gamer

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:59PM PST by ClayMeow
First-person Mystery Game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Coming to PC on September 25

Polish indie developer The Astronauts has announced that its first title, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, will be arriving September 25 on PC. The studio was founded in August 2012 by the original founders of People Can Fly (Painkiller, Bulletstorm), who left that company when it was acquired by Epic Games. But The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is quite different from those aforementioned shooters; instead, it's a first-person murder mystery game.

Players take on the role of occult-minded detective Paul Prospero, who receives a disturbing letter from a young boy named Ethan Carter, and subsequently discovers he has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. "Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy." The Astronauts say the game is less about puzzle-solving and more about exploration and discovery; the "focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of [the] characters." The game is non-linear with no hand-holding and zero-combat, so you're free to solve the mysteries at your own pace.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is currently available for pre-order on Steam and GOG.com for $19.99, with pre-order bonuses including the full original soundtrack (FLAC and MP3), four exclusive HD wallpapers in three resolutions, a digital map of Red Creek Valley, a "Making Of" PDF album, and a high resolution digital poster ready for print (PSD and TGA/JPG). Despite the nearly photorealistic graphics (thanks to photogrammetry technology), the game's specs are extremely low: Windows XP SP3 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD, 4GB RAM, and a DirectX9c-compliant GPU with 512MB VRAM. No release date for the planned PlayStation 4 version has been announced.

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 01:36PM PST by gebraset

Those lucky enough to own Google Glass will soon see that contacts on the gadget are even easier to access than before. The update allows Glass owners to access all of the contacts on their phone, enabling 20 to be found by voice while the rest can be found with a simple swipe. Contacts can be messaged in a variety of ways as well, as options such as Hangouts, email, and SMS are now available upon tapping on a contact.

Android users will be able to see and use the improvements offered by the latest Google Glass update immediately, while iOS users will be able to do the same in about a week when the MyGlass app is updated.

Source: Google+

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:57PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

As we use our mobile devices more and more, the importance of securing them becomes greater and greater. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have recently discovered a security flaw in the Android OS with almost a perfect success rate, and almost all popular operating systems may share the vulnerability.

The vulnerability has to do with the shared-memory side channel, which contains shared memory statistics about processes and can be accessed without permissions. From this information, it is possible to infer what an app is doing, such as logging in or receiving information for a purchase. On its own, this vulnerability is not serious, but the researchers found it could be used to time an attack that exploits a feature of many modern GUIs, which is why more than just Android may be at risk. The feature is to allow the screen to be preempted, such as to show an alarm. In this case though, what comes up is a false version of the expected window. By timing the attack with the shared memory data, the user will fail to notice the switch.

The researchers tested the attack on seven apps and here are their success rates (higher is worse): Gmail at 92%, H&R Block at 92%, Newegg at 86%, WebMD at 85%, CHASE Bank at 83%, Hotels.com at 83%, and Amazon at 48% success rate. The reason Amazon has the lower success rate is because it is harder to infer the state of the app, as it can transition between almost any activity.



Source: University of California, Riverside

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:19AM PST by gebraset
Acer Introduces Chromebox CXI Series

Acer has just announced the Chromebox CXI series, which consists of the CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM. Since the Chromebox CXI line is quite compact and is VESA mountable, the company believes that it is best suited for a variety of markets, including education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers. Specification wise, the CXI-2GKM comes with Google’s Chrome OS, an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of DDR3-1600, a 16GB solid state drive, an SD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, four USB 3.0 ports, and DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. The CXI-4GKM includes the exact same specifications, but increases the RAM to 4GB.

The Acer CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM will be available for purchase next month and are set to go on sale for $180 and $220, respectively.

Source: Maximum PC

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:04AM PST by ClayMeow

One of three The Witcher games currently in development, The Witcher Battle Arena is CD Projekt RED's first foray into the free mobile gaming market. Today, the studio released the Debut Gameplay Trailer, and while it doesn't show much of the actual MOBA mechanics, it does introduce us to several characters: Letho, Philippa, Operator, Eithne, Iorveth, Saskia, Golem, and Zoltan. We also get a glimpse of the UI, including a mini-map in the top-right corner that is quite different than your typical MOBA map.

The Witcher Battle Arena is scheduled to launch later this year on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. But if MOBAs and/or mobile gaming aren't your things, there's always The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to look forward to.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:42AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lasers are a cool technology, but as science fiction and some science fact tells us, the beams themselves are not cool and can be used to heat and melt objects. As some other science facts also tell us though, lasers can be used to cool objects by exploiting or great control over the properties of the beam. Researchers at the Australian National University have recently used this control to cool the tip of an atomic force microscope, making it much more accurate.

Atomic force microscopes (AFMs) are among the more advanced measurement devices we have and operate by moving a cantilever with a very sharp tip over a sample. At its point, the tip can be just nanometers wide and is very sensitive to forces, such as a surface pushing against it, but also forces between molecules. It is so sensitive though that heat will cause vibrations that introduce noise to the measurements. The Australian researchers decided to tackle that noise by aiming a laser at the probe. By precisely tuning the laser, the vibrations of the probe can be cancelled out, cooling the probe to -265 ºC. This increases the sensitivity enough to detect the weight a large virus.

As the laser beam's effect overwhelms the probe, the AFM cannot be run when the laser is turned on, restricting the researchers to make measurements in millisecond long heating and cooling cycles. With additional study and data processing though, we may one day see the same sensitivity achieved without a cooling laser, thanks to our understanding of the cooling effect.

Source: Australian National University

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:26AM PST by gebraset

UPS has revealed that computer systems located at UPS Store retail outlets have suffered a breach, which may have resulted in the exposure of names, postal and e-mail addresses, and payment-card data. Malware was the cause of the computer breach, as it was found at 51 UPS Store locations spanning 24 states. Although it is not currently known just how many customers may have been affected by the computer breach, the company has narrowed down the risk of information loss to UPS Store customers who used a credit or debit card at affected locations from January 20, 2014, through August 11, 2014. 

Chelsea Lee, a UPS Store spokeswoman, revealed that one year of identity protection and credit monitoring programs are being offered at no charge to customers who may have been affected.

Source: Bloomberg

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:31AM PST by gebraset
BitFenix Releases Prodigy M Color and Prodigy M Window Side Panels

BitFenix is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Prodigy M by releasing the stylish and compact chassis in four new colors, which include atomic orange, cobalt blue, fire red, and vivid green. The BitFenix Prodigy M Color incorporates all of the same features as the Prodigy M, but allows owners to light up their décor with a selection of popular and vibrant colors. In addition to the release of the Prodigy M Color, BitFenix has launched the Prodigy M Window Side Panel Accessory which features a large acrylic window that allows hardware to be easily displayed. The Prodigy M Window Side Panel Accessory is compatible with original Prodigy M, which comes in artic white and midnight black, as well as the newly released Prodigy M Color.

With the launch of the Prodigy M Color and the Prodigy M Window Side Panel Accessory, BitFenix is showing its customers that it truly listens to feedback provided by its user base.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:25AM PST by ClayMeow
Multiplayer Revealed During a 22-minute Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Gameplay Demo

IGN was fortunate enough to get a first look at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's multiplayer during a new 22-minute gameplay demo from Gamescom. The video not only shows multiplayer for the first time, but also shows off several other features of the game, including: horse poop, open-world exploration, day/night cycles, adaptive AI, and some new stealth options. If you want to skip to the multiplayer portion, it begins around the 16:50 mark.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is coming to PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlaySation 3, and Xbox 360. Release date is still unknown.

Source: IGN

Comments (1) | Posted at 07:47AM PST by ClayMeow
Majority of Game Developers Want to Work for Valve

According to the results of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) 2014 survey, Valve is the most desirable company to work for in the games industry. Over 2,200 developers were asked the simple question, "What developer/publisher would you most like to work for?" Even with "my own company" being a valid choice, the majority of those asked would rather work for Valve than for themselves. Valve is famous in the industry for its loose structure, with no true bosses or direct oversight. Employees get to work on what they want when they want, and obviously other developers desire that freedom and openness. Or maybe they just want to meet Gabe.

Here are the top ten most desirable developer or publisher employers, according to the IGDA study:

  1. Valve (Half-Life, Steam, Portal)
  2. My own company
  3. Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Skylanders)
  4. BioWare (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Star Wars: The Old Republic)
  5. Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Just Dance)
  6. Current employer
  7. Nintendo (Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong)
  8. Naughty Dog (The Last of Us, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted)
  9. Double Fine (Brutal Legend, Psychonauts, Broken Age)
  10. Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout, The Elder Scrolls)

Source: GameSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:24AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In many cases, electricity is generated by driving turbines with one fluid or another, such as steam or water. What can really set power plants apart is what puts the energy into the fluid that the turbines extract. One new method may use salt for that purpose, and researchers at MIT have found that such a system is not as simple as believed.

If you have two fluids with different solute concentrations separated by a semi-permeable membrane, such as having saltwater on one side and fresh water on the other, the fluids will move to try to equalize the concentrations on both sides of the membrane. The motion of the fluids is called osmosis, and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) is a process some have been investigating for producing electricity. The idea would be to put pressurized salt water on one side of a membrane and fresh water on the other, and use the movement of the fresh water through the membrane to turn a turbine. What the MIT researchers have discovered is that the efficiency of a PRO system is more complicated than previously thought. According to their new model, the optimal membrane size is not the maximum membrane size, as a membrane half the area could produce 95% of the maximum output power.

Potentially PRO systems could be used to power desalination plants and water treatment plants, by putting saltwater or brine on one side of the membrane, and fresh or waste water on the other. To completely power some treatment plants may require some of the largest membranes in the world, but new configurations are being developed to fit the millions of square meters in relatively small packages.

Source: MIT

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50AM PST by bp9801

Another week is drawing to a close, but before it does we have some items for you to check out. There is a review on the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT motherboard that is filled to the brim with features any gamer would love, like the ability to have four video cards installed at once, a Killer E2200 NIC, and AMP-UP audio technology. We also have a look at the Crucial MX100 256GB SSD, which uses 16nm MLC NAND flash from Micron and an attractive price to set it apart from the rest. Finishing off today's items is a look at Chromebooks and how price is the only weapon they have against Windows laptops.

Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD @ Madshrimps

Price is the Only Weapon Chromebooks Have Against Windows @ TechSpot

August 20, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:46PM PST by ClayMeow
Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters is Now Live

Path of Exile's second expansion, Forsaken Masters, is now live, and it brings with it a ton of new features and changes; way too much to list here. Thankfully, developer Grinding Gear Games posted the (extremely lengthy) Patch Notes on the official site.

If you're running a Windows PC, go check out Path of Exile on Steam.

Source: Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:56PM PST by ClayMeow

California-based studio The Behemoth has released a teaser trailer for its next game, codenamed Game 4. As you may have guessed from the name, it will be the studio's fourth major release following Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers, and BattleBlock Theater; all of which have been very well received. The Behemoth "schemed up a bunch of concepts" shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater and then picked the strongest one and fleshed out a prototype. Today, The Behemoth released a Game 4 Debut Teaser, stating that the game is a genre it has never covered before. The hexagonal title screen leads me to believe it may be a turn-based strategy game of sorts?

A demo of Game 4 will be playable at PAX Prime (Booth 3003) from August 29 thru September 1. Platforms weren't specified, but if the studio's previous two games are any indication, it'll likely be a timed-exclusive on Xbox One followed by a PC release.

Source: The Behemoth Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:52PM PST by CheeseMan42

Diablo announced its Memory Channel Storage (MCS) technology last year, a technology that uses memory slots on a motherboard rather than PCIe connections to attach solid state drives. The result was a "massive reduction in latencies, 3 to 5 microseconds compared to 25 to 28 microseconds for PCIe SSDs." The company has worked with SanDisk to integrate this technology into the ULLtraDIMM SSD line and with IBM as the eXFlash option for X series enterprise servers. The original Carbon 1 technology used the DDR3 interface while the new Carbon 2 will take advantage of DDR4 and also adds NanoCommit software which "further blurs the line between high-speed server memory and the company's flash-based MCS modules."

Source: Infostor

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:30PM PST by CheeseMan42

ECS is currently holding a media event at the Aloft Hotel Silicon Valley to showcase its newest product offerings to "top North American media partners and local customers in California." The event is titled LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 and references several ECS product lines. Among the devices being shown are the previously announced 64GB LIVA mini PC in black and white, which will be released sometime this month. ECS will also show a pair of motherboards, the Z97I-DRONE of the L337 Gaming line and the Z97-PK. The company is also planning the reveal the details of the Design Your Own LIVA competition that will start next month and award the winner a prize of $1000.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:03PM PST by gebraset

Apple TV owners will now be able to access NFL Now, which provides fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, thanks to the National Football League launching it today for the media device. The on-demand football service provides access to game highlights, original content from NFL Media and 32 NFL clubs, live press conferences, and media from the NFL Films vault. Additionally, NFL Now delivers a truly unique experience, as it introduces viewers to a video stream based on favorite NFL teams, players, and NFL.com Fantasy rosters and viewing preferences. While some of these features are indeed free, a paid subscription to NFL Now Plus, which costs $1.99 per month and provides a much more immersive experience, is needed for others.

Source: NFL Communications

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:44PM PST by gebraset

It was recently reported that Community Health Systems suffered a data breach, resulting in the loss of patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers of 4.5 million individuals. Security experts at the time noted that malware was used to attack systems, and while that still seems to be true, it looks like the major security flaw known as Heartbleed is partially to blame for allowing Chinese hackers to circumvent security measures. According to David Kennedy, the founder of TrustedSec LLC, hackers were able to make use of the Heartbleed flaw in order to steal usernames and passwords, which then gave them access to private communications channels within Community Health Systems. Although Kennedy is not involved with the ongoing investigation in any way, he has noted that the information linking Heartbleed to the stolen data comes from three people close to the matter.

If Heartbleed is in fact connected to the data breach that Community Health Systems recently suffered, it will be the first known breach of a company by use of the vulnerability.

Source: Bloomberg

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:06PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Though we may not think about it much, we are all aware of Earth's magnetic field. The most obvious use of it is to orient compasses, but it has other uses too, as it is used for probing in geology and archaeology. Thanks to researchers at Berkeley Lab, it may soon also find use for analyzing chemical compositions of fluids, without removing them from their native environments.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a phenomenon that can be used to determine the materials in some sample, and possibly its most common use is medicine's MRI machines. It works by measuring how atoms behave when the angle of their spins are manipulated. Normally strong and uniform magnetic fields are used, but these are not always available. What is always available on Earth though is the planet's magnetic field. Attempts have been made before to use the Earth's magnetic field for NMR, but failed because the field is so weak and the equipment was not very sensitive. The Berkeley researchers have discovered that it appears to be possible now, by using highly sensitive optical magnetometers and by looking at how the spins of molecules relax and diffuse.

Potentially this technique could be used to characterize the contents of solids underground, such as in oil wells, and actually measure hydrocarbons and water within rock, as well as inspecting the curing process of polymers and cement. The researchers next want to increase the depth their method can reach inside of a material, possibly piercing a meter or more, instead of the inches possible with current technologies.

Source: Berkeley Lab

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:54PM PST by gebraset
PowerCube Series Chassis Released by Spire

Spire, a global supplier of cooling solutions, power supplies, enclosures, and mobile accessories for personal, gaming, and networked systems, has just introduced the PowerCube 501 and 502. While these two mini-ITX enclosures are the smallest within the company’s lineup, they provide stylish and innovative designs along with an attractive price. The PowerCube 501 and 502 are made of lightweight durable steel, feature a built-in 300W SFX power supply, and are compatible with ITX motherboards as well as slim DVD drives. Both cases can be placed vertically or horizontally, making them even more suitable for a variety of home an office applications.

The Spire PowerCube 501 and 502 come with a two-year warranty and feature an MSRP of $73.95. Currently, the cases are only available from Spire Shenzhen, China, though European distribution is set to commence at the end of August.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:13PM PST by gebraset

ASUSTOR, a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it has extended the warranty period for all ASUSTOR NAS products from two years to three years. The new three-year warranty includes all 6, 3, and 2 series devices that are purchased new, as well as ASUSTOR products that are already owned by customers, with the extended warranty period applied to their product from the original date of purchase. The Sales Director at ASUSTOR, Allen Yen, stated that "Providing first-class service to our customers has always been a top priority for us here at ASUSTOR." By implementing the additional warranty period, ASUSTOR is ensuring that its mission of delivering and supporting high-quality products continues.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:39AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Many modern solar cells are made of materials like silicon and are expensive to produce. In the future though, new photovoltaics based on polymers could replace them by being cheaper and more resilient. Finding the right polymers is tricky though, but researchers at the University of Tsukuba and Nation Institute for Materials Science have found a way to speed up the search, as published by the American Institute of Physics.

Materials science can be an exhaustive field as the materials would be to be produced for testing, and only then could it be determined if the materials is of much use. By better understanding the behaviors of a material, it is easier to predict its properties and thereby speed up the process. This is what the Japanese researchers have accomplished for candidates for organic photovoltaics by combining two kinds of photo-induced spectroscopy. The two processes important for these materials are their charge formation and charge transport efficiencies, and it is believed that the charge formation efficiency is complicated and actually dependent on a thermal activation process. What the researchers discovered is that the temperature actually does not matter, as samples demonstrated the same efficiency at 80 K and 300 K.

This discovery indicates that the charge formation efficiency for organic photovoltaics is only quantum mechanical, which actually makes it simpler than expected. The result is that it should also be easier to quickly screen materials by this property, and in turn speed up searches for new organic photovoltaic materials.

Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:02AM PST by ClayMeow

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is coming along quite nicely. Creator Edmund McMillen has released a new gameplay video that shows its rather unique two-player local co-op. The video shows Edmund playing with a friend named Danielle in one of twenty challenge modes, entitled "Head Trauma", which features high speed, low damage, randomly circling tears. We also get a glimpse of a new boss named "Dingle".

Warning: Contains Foul Language

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is coming to PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, but still has no official release date. Edmund classifies this video as beta, though it certainly looks very polished.

Source: Edmund McMillen via PC Gamer

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:15AM PST by ClayMeow

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has released a new trailer for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham that explains Braniac's nefarious plan. But the real star of the trailer is a hilarious Joker!

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS. I've gone ahead and attached the twenty screenshots released during Gamescom for your viewing pleasure, along with a piece of Braniac artwork.

Source: Press Release

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