The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has pointed its instruments at the exoplanet named WASP-80 b, leading to the first time Webb has discovered methane in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.
The discovery can be traced back to recently published findings in the scientific journal Nature, and also NASA's website where it explains that while methane has been detected in abundance within our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), it hasn't been discovered in the atmosphere of transiting exoplanets by space-based spectroscopy.
Webb honed its instruments on the exoplanet WASP-80 b, which researchers describe as a "warm Jupiter" as its similar in size and mass to the planet, but is approximately 1,025 Fahrenheit. WASP-80 b is located 163 light-years away from Earth within the constellation Aquila, and according to the researchers behind the study there is clear evidence for absorption from water and methane within the atmosphere of WASP-80 b.
NASA has taken to its YouTube channel to announce the discovery of 300 additional pulsars that are shooting out the most powerful form of known energy in the universe.
Pulsars are neutron stars that are spinning, and neutron stars are the leftover remains of a star that has gone supernova, the exhaustion of all its fuel, and its end-of-life stage. The corpses of a once bright star are neutron stars, and approximately 10% of all pulsars shoot gamma rays from their poles, making their discovery prominent. So, why do pulsars shoot the most powerful form of energy from their poles?
Pulsars, like neutron stars, are extremely dense, with only a teaspoon of a neutron star weighing about 4 billion tons, or as much as 10,000 Empire State Buildings. This density, combined with its extremely strong magnetic field, creates funnels at the pulsar's poles. These funnels accelerate particles to incredible speeds, creating two beams of light from their poles. Since the poles of the magnetic field aren't aligned with its axis of spin, the beams of light are shot into random directions in space.
The time has finally arrived, or at least it's just around the corner, as Elon Musk has revealed a date for when Tesla's Cybertruck will begin shipping out to customers.
In what seems like a road that was plagued with delays, the Tesla Cybertruck is expected to hit the streets sometime soon as Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to his personal X account to announce that deliveries will start this Thursday. Tesla has been developing the Cybertruck for the past four years, and during that time, it has been taking refundable deposits of $100, which Musk claims has now exceeded over a million interested buyers. Musk has also said that it would take Tesla five years to complete its backlog of orders at its current rate of manufacturing.
However, Musk has previously stated that Tesla plans on ramping up production of the Cybertruck over the coming years, with the hopeful target of hitting 200,000 Cybertruck's manufactured per year. Musk revealed these stats last month, saying Tesla should be able to manufacture 250,000 Cybertruck's in 2025. Furthermore, Elon Musk only recently let comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan fire an arrow at the side of a Cybertruck door to demonstrate it's bullet proof design. If you want to see that video, check out this link here.
It was only recently that Elon Musk let comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan fire an arrow at the door of an unreleased Tesla Cybertruck, and now we are seeing some unannounced features in the wild.
A new video that was originally posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, showcases two unannounced features of the Tesla Cybertruck: the wake-up light sequence and the raising of the entire vehicle to medium ride height. The above video shows the light sequence taking place when the driver opens the Cybertruck's door, and then once the driver is in the vehicle, the whole Cybertruck begins to rise from low to medium ride height.
This shift in suspension isn't new for vehicles, but it is the first time we've seen it used in public with the Cybertruck. What is the point of this feature? To assist the driver in getting into the vehicle, hence why it is placed in low mode when it's parked. The only concern that seems to be prominent from the video is how high the medium ride height setting is, with one X user writing, "That's medium? Want to see what high looks like!".
The iconic videogame franchise Fallout is getting the prestige TV treatment, with the first season set to debut on Amozon's Prime Video streaming service on April 12, 2024. Until now, full details on the adaptation have been kept under wraps, and outside of a few leaked set photos, we haven't had much to go on.
Thanks to an in-depth reveal at Vanity Fair, we now have a lot of Fallout TV series info to chew on. The story is a brand-new one and not based on any of the games - and it's canon, according to Bethesda's Todd Howard, who serves as an executive producer on the show. With Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy at the helm, the duo behind HBO's Westworld, the good news is that the dark humor of the Fallout games will be a big part of the post-apocalyptic story being told.
On that front, the main character will be Lucy, plates by Ella Purnell, "an optimistic Vault Dweller with an all-American can-do spirit" who will venture outside the Los Angeles-based Vault 33 for the first time in her life after "her peaceful and idealistic nature is tested when people harm her loved ones."
CD Projekt Red has revealed through its financial earnings report for Q3 FY2023 that the majority of developers at the studio have transitioned over to the new installment in the Witcher series - Witcher 4.
The most recently released earnings report revealed some key details about the studio's inner workings, along with the distribution of developers across the various projects being worked on. The below graph shows the rough percentage of how many CD Projekt Red developers are working on the following projects from December 2022 to October 2023: Phantom Liberty, the upcoming Ultimate Edition of Cyberpunk 2077, general Cyberpunk 2077 support, project Sirius, GWENT, The Witcher 3 Next-gen, and the Witcher 4 - codenamed Polaris.
For those who don't remember, CD Projekt Red announced that it was working on a new installment into the Witcher series back in March 2022 and that the Witcher 4 will be using Unreal Engine 5. Additionally, CD Projekt Red said back in September last year that it was planning on releasing three new games in the series to match the first Witcher saga, with developers currently working on the first game of the second Witcher saga (Witcher 4).
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has pointed its extremely powerful instruments at a region of space that contains newborn stars.
Astronomers have captured an image of a Herbig-Haro object and released it as one of Webb's latest images, explaining the significance of such a photograph and how it plays into the evolution of stars. NASA's JWST has pointed its Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) instrument at HH 797, a luminous cloud of gas and dust that resides approximately 1,000 light years from Earth. HH 797 is the long strip of gaseous material found taking up the majority of the bottom half of the above image.
Joining HH 797 is the young open star cluster called IC 343, located on the right-hand side of the image. So, why is this image so special? Newborn stars, more specifically named protostars, spew out jets of high-speed stellar wind that collide with nearby dust and gas. This collision produces the interaction we can see in the above image. Previously, astronomers believed that the string of gas seen at the bottom of the image was caused by just one newborn star, but Webb's observations have revealed the presence of two newborn stars.
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 6 is one of, if not the most anticipated game of all time, and now we are starting to hear rumors of when you will be able to preorder it.
Just a bit of background on how long we have been waiting for Grand Theft Auto 6. Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto 5 more than 10 years ago, and it was only earlier this month that the developers behind the iconic title teased that the first trailer for the sequel was going to be released in early December. Notably, The Game Awards is scheduled to take place on December 7, and what better way to round off the show with the full trailer for GTA 6?
But that begs the question - will the trailer actually reveal a release date for the title? Now, we are starting to get into rumor territory. A screenshot went viral last week of an individual reaching out to UK retailer Argos. The screenshot showed chat messages with the user inquiring about when GTA 6 preorders would be going live. The UK retailer revealed that preorders would be available as of December 12, 2023, and that date was "confirmed to us by the distributors".
NVIDIA will be gobbling up all of the HBM3e and future-gen HBM4 memory supply for its current and next-gen AI GPUs, with TrendForce's new report stating NVIDIA will soak up most HBM3, HBM3e, and HBM4 memory over the next few years.
TrendForce's latest research into the HBM market sees NVIDIA planning to diversify HBM suppliers for "more robust and efficient supply chain management". TrendForce sees NVIDIA buying up most of its HBM memory from Samsung because they'll be ready first, while SK hynix and Micron will have their new HBM memory ready in the second half of 2024.
Samsung's new HBM3 (24GB) is expected to complete verification with NVIDIA in the coming weeks, while its newer HBM3e memory is coming in 8-Hi stacks (24GB) and will reach NVIDIA by the end of July 2024. It's not just Samsung with HBM memory where SK hynix will have its HBM3e memory with NVIDIA in mid-August 2024, while Samsung will be last delivering HBM3e memory to NVIDIA in October 2024.
NVIDIA has just announced its new Play Beyond Fast initiative, with select GeForce RTX 40 series GPU owners getting 3 months of free PC Game Pass and GeForce NOW Priority access.
What do you get with the Xbox PC Game Pass? You'll have access to hundreds of high-quality PC games, new day-one titles, and an EA Play membership. There are hundreds of games right now, with more and more games being added all the time on PC Game Pass. This is now free for a new purchase of a qualifying graphics card. Which ones?
NVIDIA includes its GeForce RTX 4090, GeForce RTX 4080, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, GeForce RTX 4070, GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, and GeForce RTX 4060 graphics cards. They'll be sold through retailers like Amazon, BestBuy, Microcenter, and Newegg. You'll get access to not just the PC Game Pass but also 3 months of access to GeForce NOW Priority cloud gaming streaming.