Be Thankful For the Invisible Belt That Saves Earth From Radiation

Well, here's something cosmic to be thankful for this weekend. A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible "shield" that keeps harmful ultrarelativistic electrons from the Earth. » 11/26/14 6:00pm 11/26/14 6:00pm

How One Man's Blood Donations Saved Over Two Million Lives

Today I found out about a man who saved over two million lives just by donating his somewhat unique blood plasma. » 7/22/14 9:55am 7/22/14 9:55am

These Are The Most Devastating Twisters In The Solar System

Researchers at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) posted a short video on their Facebook page, showing a "small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma" as it "shifted back and forth before erupting into space." » 5/02/14 2:38pm 5/02/14 2:38pm

World's Tiniest Plasma Transistor Can Make Supertough Electronics

The pink glow you see above is coming from the world's smallest plasma transistor, an unfathomably miniscule device 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It's not just tiny, it's tough, and theoretically able to withstand brutal environments. And it could massively change consumer electronics. » 3/20/14 3:40pm 3/20/14 3:40pm

Using Plasma To Clean Glass Is Amazing, Plus Hilariously Roundabout

So there's Windex, but if that's feeling too cleaning product-y for you, be aware that you can also clean glass with pure oxygen plasma. Sure. » 12/15/13 9:05pm 12/15/13 9:05pm

Panasonic VT/ZT Plasmas, Starting At $1500

Panasonic's ST/VT/ZT plasmas are the best televisions on the market, and they won't be on the market much longer. Amazon and Paul's TV both have versions of these sets on sale today, and that is a sick price on the 55" VT. » 12/01/13 4:38pm 12/01/13 4:38pm

Watch a 200,000-Mile Canyon of Fire Rip Open on the Sun

Trying to watch the sun's explosions with your naked eyes is a recipe for blindness, but luckily NASA has a couple of telescopes that can show you all that fusion glory with none of the permanent ocular damage. Take, for instance, this 200,000-mile long canyon of fire. » 10/24/13 1:20pm 10/24/13 1:20pm

Reuters: Panasonic Is Going to Kill Off Its Plasma TVs by March 2014

According to Reuters, Panasonic is going to stop production of its fantastic plasma TV sets by March 2014. That sucks. But also not surprising since previous reports had hinted at Panasonic planning to cut its TV production and that the TV market has been overtaken by seemingly every other technology not named plasma. » 10/08/13 10:55pm 10/08/13 10:55pm

Panasonic to Cut TV Production, Maybe Abandon Plasma

Reuters is reporting that Panasonic is planning to cut its TV production—and perhaps pull of out of the plasma TV market altogether. » 3/18/13 4:45am 3/18/13 4:45am

Would You Buy a Plasma TV or a LCD TV?

I know, I know. We all want to enjoy a gorgeous OLED TV or eat 4K visual deliciousness in our living room but those sets are ridiculously expensive and going to be pretty unrealistic for a long while. The best TV at the moment is the Panasonic VT50, a plasma screen, but we all know people's eyeballs have their own… » 8/21/12 8:00pm 8/21/12 8:00pm

LG 9700 Plasma Review: Smooth as a Soap Opera

Panasonic and Samsung make some sweet plasma TVs. The newest LG, the 9700, is definitely an improvement over the company's plasmas to date. But can it maintain the pace set by its competitors? » 7/27/12 1:40pm 7/27/12 1:40pm

Panasonic VT50 Lightning Review: Do Your Eyeballs A Favor

The phrase, "holy shit, this is a fantastic television," is bandied about far too often. In the case of the Panasonic 55-inch VT50 Plasma, it's spot on. » 6/15/12 1:40pm 6/15/12 1:40pm

The Sun Just Had a 79,000 Mile Explosion

You might have had a peaceful day here, but up above, some serious solar violence just went down: an ejection of scorching plasma just erupted from the Sun. Enough to burn its away across ten Earths. » 4/17/12 5:42pm 4/17/12 5:42pm

Harrods Will Sell a Million-Dollar TV—Surprisingly Not Covered in…

If you suffer from the most-enviable predicament of having both too much money and too much wall space, the UK's premiere high-end retail outlet would like to speak with you—something about a 152-inch plasma TV. » 3/27/12 1:20am 3/27/12 1:20am

Creepy Australian Fries TV with Microwave

Welp, we're about done with the ol' plasma set. Figure it's time to take 'er off to the dump. Or maybe we could sell it? Naw, let's destroy it with arcing electricity bolts for fifteen minutes straight. » 3/26/12 4:20pm 3/26/12 4:20pm

The Best Big Screen 3D HDTV

No, the Super Bowl is not going to be in 3D this year. Again. But that doesn't mean you don't want a 3D set. Here's the thing: The best 2D TV is a 3D TV. The burlier image processors required to render the third dimension make everything look better. » 2/05/12 2:00pm 2/05/12 2:00pm

Panasonic's New Plasmas Are Built for the 99 Percent

Sure, you can spend $6,000 (or more) for a top-of-the-line HDTV with more bells and whistles than you can shake a remote at. But if you're on a budget, Panasonic's newest line of plasma HDTV's offer top-flight features for bargain-bin prices. » 1/09/12 9:58pm 1/09/12 9:58pm

Who Needs Pixels When You Have Six Million LEDs to Light Your Display?

LED televisions until now have generally just used an LED power source to light the LCD display. This differs from the Jumbo-trons you see at sports arenas, where each pixel is an individual LED. Now, Sony's brought the big-screen technology to your living room with its Crystal LED Display. » 1/09/12 8:40pm 1/09/12 8:40pm

LG 50PZ950 3DTV Reviewed: One of the Best TVs Out There

If you've been waiting years for a TV as awesome as the departed Pioneer Kuro get excited about the 50-inch LG 50PZ950 HD 3D TV. It might be the new titan of television. » 9/20/11 7:40pm 9/20/11 7:40pm