Computer Powered by Colony of Blue-Green Algae For 6 Months

There’s “green energy” and then there’s truly GREEN energy, or rather, blue-green energy. A colorful colony of photosynthetic cyanobacteria, known as blue-green algae, have successfully powered a computer microprocessor for longer than six months, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. The little bio-based battery alternative could serve as … Read more

iPhone Already in Testing to Ditch Lightning for USB-C

iPhone 12 Prophoto: Caitlyn McGarry/Gizmodo Following hot on the heels of leak from trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that claim Apple will finally be ditching its proprietary Lightning connector for the more widely supported USB-C standard in future iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is adding some credibility of his own to the rumor. Earlier today, he reported … Read more

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner being lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in NASA/Frank Michaux Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly two other a Half years since Boeing’s first botched test of its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. Yep, it’s been a minute, so here’s a … Read more

Plants Can Grow in Lunar Soil—but They Hate It

The plants after 16 days of growth, with clear differences seen between plants grown in simulated lunar soil (left) and plants grown in actual lunar regolith. photo: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS For the first time ever, scientists have grown plants in lunar soil returned from the Apollo missions. But given the degree of stress seen in … Read more

Android Auto Makeover Lets You Watch YouTube in Your Car

Android Auto’s refresh will make it easier to mind your maps and messages while driving. image: Google Android Auto in the dash is getting a much-needed refresh. During a session at its developer conference, Google introduced a revised interface coming to the Android-based car software. It includes a new split-screen mode that’s more scalable across … Read more

Google Maps Immersive View, New Translate Languages, Docs TL;DR

Google’s 2022 I/O Conference is finally here. From virtual maps that come to life to a new way to communicate with your home security system, there’s a lot of unexpected surprises from the keynote to unpack. Here are some of the highlights. Stare Your Google Nest Down Till It Does Stuff For You One of … Read more

New Lenovo Legion 7 and Slim 7 Laptops Pair Brawn with Beauty

Lenovo Legion 7photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo Lenovo is best known for its ThinkPad business laptops, but its Legion series has birthed some of the best gaming systems I’ve used in the past few years. Today, the laptop maker is replacing the old with a new fleet consisting of the Legion 7 and Legion Slim 7, each … Read more

NASA Releases Ridiculously Sharp Webb Space Telescope Images

NASA held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the precise alignment of the Webb Space Telescope and the spacecraft’s upcoming scientific operations. The space agency also released images from the telescope that put Webb’s progress on dazzling display. “I’m delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with performance even better than … Read more

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Late last week, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter managed to reestablish its connection with the Perseverance rover following a brief communications disruption. The space agency says the looming winter is likely responsible and is making adjustments as a result. On Thursday, Ingenuity—mercifully—sent a signal to Perseverance after the intrepid helicopter missed a scheduled communications session. It marked … Read more

George Perez, Comics Writer and Artist, Has Died at Age 67

image: George Marston George Pérez, the acclaimed comics writer and artist behind such works as Crisis on Infinite Earths, passed away on at the age of 67. The news broke on Saturday afternoon from a message on his Facebook pagewhere it was said he passed on May 6 “peacefully at home with his wife [Carol] … Read more