Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the active site at the electrode based on microscope observations as the starting point.Extremely promising for the clean and efficient electricity generation, solid-oxide fuels cells produce electricity through the electrochemical reaction of a fuel with air, and they have already begun to find their way into homes and office buildings throughout Japan.The oxide ions then travel through an electrolyte to the other side of the device, where they react with the fuel and release their extra electrons.These electrons flow through outside wires back to the starting side, thereby completing the circuit and powering whatever is connected to the wires.Although this overall reaction is well known and relatively simple, the reaction step limiting the overall rate of the process remains controversial because the complicated structures of the electrodes--which are generally porous materials as opposed to simple, flat surfaces--hinder investigation of the phenomena at the atomic level.Since detailed knowledge about the reactions occurring in the devices is vital for further improving the performance and durability of fuel cells, the challenge has been to understand how the microscopic structures--down to the alignment of the atoms at the different interfaces--affect the reactions.
The future of the world – and possibly so much more – is at stake.And it all depends on one girl.The first full trailer for HBO and BBC’s His Dark Materials arrived at SDCC, hinting at an epic battle for freedom, faith, and a power that’s much bigger and scarier than any of them realise.The latest trailer was revealed during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con.Stars Dafne Keen (Logan), James McAvoy (Dark Phoenix), Ruth Wilson (Luther), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) were on hand to share new details about the series and hint at the epic fantasy that lies in store.Based on the books by Philip Pullman, the series centers around an orphan named Lyra Belacqua (Keen) whose world is turned around when she learns about Dust, a mysterious particle that’s connected to everything and everyone in the universe.
With the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD currently in full swing, one may have thought the show’s Comic-Con panel wouldn’t be that huge of a deal.Then, a few hours before the panel, it was confirmed that the next season of the show, season seven, would be its last.That topic, of course, was on everyone’s minds as Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and many others, took the Hall H stage Thursday afternoon.Executive producer Jed Whedon revealed that while season six is currently airing right now, they are also shooting the very last episode of the show.“Today is really a celebration of the stories we told and an ending all of you deserve... because Agents of SHIELD fans rock,” said executive producer Jeph Loeb.To celebrate, long sizzle reels for each of the seasons was screened with the cast and crew sharing a few memories.
A bike is a bike, right?Especially if you’re a professional bike team.With margins for the winner of a stage of the Tour de France often down to less than a hundredth of a second (a tire width), and with the overall winning divide being under two minutes on last year's Tour de France across the entire 3,351 kilometers, every marginal gain the teams can eke out of their riders and bikes is absolutely essential.Design innovation and material science in bike design is on a par with sports such as F1, and Grand Tour bikes are built with pure performance in mind.But a bike that excels at "climbing" on steep mountain stages will lose valuable time in a time-trial where aerodynamics are everything and even bike handling is compromised for pure speed.Take that same time-trial bike on a mountain or a flat stage with a big group of riders jostling for position and its twitchy handling would make it at best unwieldy, and at worst dangerous.
You’ll have to cut Iraq some slack for being late to the tech startup party.It eventually caused more than 150,000 deaths, and cost trillions of dollars.The seemingly endless cycles of warfare have triggered a massive humanitarian crisis, with over four million people internally displaced in the country.“Ordinary Iraqis have seen little or no benefit from the proceeds of the country’s multibillion-dollar oil industry, much of which has been siphoned off by corrupt politicians,” wrote Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in an extensive feature for The Guardian last year.Iraq received pledges of $30 billion, mostly in credit facilities and investment, from neighbors including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.Re:Coded, a nonprofit organization that aims to train conflict-afflicted youth to enter the digital economy as software developers and tech leaders, set up its base in Erbil.
Microsoft continues to please its investors as it recorded increases in cloud, Surface and Windows revenues in its latest financials, but xBox sales disappoint.And for the first time ever Microsoft cloud unit generated more revenues than Redmond’s traditional Windows and Office segments.There is little doubt that this achievement is the main legacy of CEO Satya Nadella, who has been in charge since 2014 and focused relentlessly on the Cloud.For the fourth quarter ending 30 June, Microsoft posted an overall profit of $13.2bn compared to $8.9bn in the same year ago quarter.Quarterly revenues rose to $33.7bn from $30bn a year earlier.For the full year, the picture was equally positive, as Microsoft made a profit of $39.2bn up dramatically from $16.6bn in 2018.
Transport for London missed the train for 2019 deadlineTransport for London is to trial 4G services on the eastern half of the Jubilee line, and is looking to work with a firm that wants to run a Underground-wide network by the mid-2020s.The pilot, starting March, will cover stations and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town, including ticket halls.Waterloo and London Bridge stations are excluded, but TfL hopes to add them later in 2020, subject to approvals.The idea is that the mobile providers will pay to access the network which will be run by a third party.TfL has shortlisted four companies: Axia SC Consortium, BAI Communications, Cellnex UK Ltd and Wireless Infrastructure Group.
The streaming segment is already looking pretty crowded, but ITV and the BBC have decided to pair up to add another premium option into the mix with BritBox.Priced at £5.99 a month, the service will launch in the final quarter of 2019, undercutting digital rivals who have been making life so difficult for the traditional players these last few years.“We have a world beating TV industry with outstanding content,” said BBC Director General, Tony Hall.“The BBC and ITV are at the centre of that.Together, we have been responsible for delivering the majority of ‘must see’ moments on British TV over the last decade.That ‘must see’ content will now be on BritBox.”
BMW will set up a computing center with one of its China allies, online gaming giant Tencent, to push forward the commercialization of driverless vehicles in the world’s biggest vehicle market.Why it matters: BMW is accelerating the pace of major strategic moves as it draws closer to the mass production of its first L3 autonomous vehicle model in China in 2021.The German automaker on Monday announced it partnered with Chinese navigation map provider NavInfo to develop high-definition (HD) maps necessary for driverless cars.BMW started testing autonomous vehicles on experimental 5G networks earlier this year, as part of the alliance with state-owned carrier China Unicom.Shanghai authorities granted the car maker road test licenses in May 2018, making it the first global OEM permitted to test self-driving cars on roads in China.Details: The computing center will begin initial operations before the end of year, focusing on safety validation of the L3 and early research for L4 technologies before mass production of the L3 vehicle in 2021, the company said in an announcement.
According to an update on its FAQ page, spotted by The Block, Coinbase Bundles “have been deprecated,” with all assets in the bundle being “redistributed to their respective individual asset wallets” for users.The cryptocurrency exchange launched its bundles packages last September in an attempt to simplify the cryptocurrency buying process for new investors.Indeed, Coinbase at the time even said this was all an attempt to help new investors get some skin in the game.“The purpose of the bundle is to make buying more convenient and less overwhelming,” Coinbase said at the product’s launch.Indeed, in December 2018, a chart from Coinbase showed that if you’d put $100 into Coinbase Bundle in 2017, a year later you’d have just over $20.Clearly, given the state of the market over the last 18 months, they weren’t a money making venture.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he believes his team can land its Starship spacecraft on the moon as early 2021, with a crewed mission following a year or two later.Musk made the comments last week in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine.“This is gonna sound pretty crazy, but I think we could land on the moon in less than two years,” the SpaceX boss told Time.“Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years.So then maybe within a year or two of that we could be sending crew.I would say four years at the outside.”
It can't be easy to be an alien trapped in Nevada's mysterious Area 51.More than 1.7 million people claim they're going to the Sept. 20 event at the legendary US military facility.The US Air Force told the Washington Post that messing with the highly classified location is a terrible idea, saying in a statement that "the US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."Enter American beer Bud Light, known for its irreverent and sassy ads.First, the beer tweeted from its official account that, "we'd like to be the first brand to formally announce that we will not be sponsoring the Area 51 raid."A publicity stunt, sure, but this isn't something some intern just thought of in a spare moment and forgot about instantly.
Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel was right to draw attention to Google’s dealings in China, former White House cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke said in an interview earlier this week.Why it matters: Representatives from Silicon Valley and the US government have weighed in on the search giant’s work in China, with US President Donald Trump renewing his offensive against the company this week.Google faces criticism for seeking to expand its presence in China while simultaneously refusing to renew US government defense contracts.The company’s search engine was blocked in China almost 10 years ago, but it still has a significant business and research presence in the country.“Google refused to work for the Pentagon on artificial intelligence [AI].If you turn around and you work on AI in China, and you don’t really know what they’re going to do with that, I think there’s an issue.”
After over a decade of anticipation and then years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake at E3 back in June.Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic.In the beginning, the bad guy is Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the Lifestream of the planet, slowly corroding the world in the process.Cloud begins the game as a mercenary, hired by Barrett, head of the Midgar-based AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group, for a mission to blow up a set of Mako reactors.Once he rocks up, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth, world's baddest man and one of gaming's most iconic villains.Combine an illustrious cast of heroes, like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith, with an expansive world and a deep battle system, and it becomes easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.
After the release of the trailer for the upcoming film musical Cats, based on the Broadway musical Cats, itself based on T.S.It features an unlikely concoction of Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Dame Judy Dench, Jason Derulo, and familiar show tune weepers.As with the stage production, the movie's not trying particularly hard for feline fidelity.WIRED: Thanks so much for talking with us about this.It’s actually kind of interesting when you look specifically at what they’re doing.The two things that I think are right are the shape and placement of the ears and the tail motion.
Google’s Pixel phones are always talked about on the Internet especially when it comes to the cameras and its always up-to-date software.Almost like LG and HTC flagships, however, the hype pretty much stops there and sales don’t reflect the positive reception it gets.In fact, the Pixel 3 apparently sold less than its predecessors.Google seems to be taking steps to fix that but those steps might be too small to make a big difference.It’s no secret by now, thanks to Google’s own admission, that the Pixel 4 will sport one of the most controversial camera bump designs in recent history.The square bump in the corner will house two or maybe even three sensors, though the exact configuration is still a bit unknown.
After days of carefully curated consumerism, regrettable impulse purchases, and envy over your friends’ best finds, Amazon Prime Day has come to a close.Plenty of products from smartphones to headphones to TVs and more received deep discounts, and although the dust has settled, some post-Prime Day deals still remain on Amazon and elsewhere.While Prime Day and Walmart’s competing “Big Save” may have ended, there’s no need to fear that you missed out because Amazon extended deals on products across all types of departments.Wireless headphones are always a popular summer purchase, and now on Amazon, the matte black model of the Beats Solo3 wireless headphones can be yours for just $160 , down from their original $300.This summer’s savings season may be past its prime, but deals like this still sound pretty good to us.While Apple recently released a new color palette for the Solo3, the sleek matte black model is the biggest bargain in this Amazon deal, at $140 off the original price.
The man known as Maverick is back approximately 35 years after the events of the original Top Gun film.Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is now the flight instructor of Top Gun, and he’s training Goose’s son Bradley to be a pilot.Bradley Bradshaw is played by Miles Teller, and the Maverick is still Tom Cruise.This movie is like Planes, but with real people instead of cartoon characters.Actually a couple of Top Gun actors were in the Planes movie franchise.That includes Val Kilmer, who was in Planes in 2013, and Ed Harris, who was in Planes: Fire and Rescue!
You can monitor your child – and their bowels - 24 hours a day!That's right folks, this month brings us a literal internet of shit, courtesy of Pampers, which for some ungodly reason has decided to add app technology to its namesake absorbent underpants.Do you want to know when your precious baby has taken a dump by receiving an alert on your phone – because you spent all your time interacting with a little screen rather than with the actual tiny human you profess to adore?Here is a chance to use your rapidly diminishing disposable income to buy your way out of proper parenting – and feel good about yourself at the same time.Pampers has "partnered with Verily and Logitech" to create "the world’s first all-in-one connected care system that’s revolutionizing baby monitoring by helping parents monitor and track their baby 24/7."You can now buy products that help you monitor and track your baby every second of the day when all we had previously were ears and eyes.
Slack is resetting roughly 100,000 user passwords for accounts that were active in 2015.The company has only recently learned that an old security breach from four years ago was perhaps worse than previously thought.The news, first reported by ZD Net and confirmed by Slack in an announcement on its website, will only affect about 1 per cent of Slack’s 10 million total users.Slack discovered that “unauthorised individuals” had gained access to Slack’s internal infrastructure in 2015 but the company only recently learned the hack may have included some usernames and hashed passwords obtained through malware.The hackers injected code onto some user computers to capture plaintext passwords in real-time back in 2015, something that Slack only put together after its bug bounty program recently yielded some usernames and passwords.But Slack says the password resets are merely precautionary.