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Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West  (book review)

It’s odd that I haven’t come across any of the other books by Thomas G. West because he specialises in the genius mind. With ‘Seeing What Others Cannot See’, the sub-title, ‘The Hidden Advantages Of Visual Thinkers And Differently Wired Brains’ gives what this book is all about. Namely, key scientists have a stronger sense […]

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Ten new ‘Earths’ rustled up by NASA.

June 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ten new ‘Earths’ rustled up by NASA.

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has just released a fascinating mission catalog of planet candidates which introduces 219 new planet candidates, then of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. […]

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Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken (book review).

May 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken (book review).

Something that is pointed out at the beginning of this book, the extensively titled ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming’ is that there was never a list of things that needed to be done to halt global warming. Likewise, no one has taken into account how to make it work […]

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When gravity falls: with ‘orphan memory’.

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
When gravity falls: with ‘orphan memory’.

Monash University researchers have identified a new concept – ‘orphan memory’ – which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime is […]

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Jupiter: planet of weird wonder.

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jupiter: planet of weird wonder.

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the […]

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NASA Mercury: 1956 to 1963 by David Baker (book review).

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA Mercury: 1956 to 1963 by David Baker (book review).

In many respects, I have always wondered why Haynes left a look at NASA’s Mercury Program until last of their space books. At least, I’m assuming it’s the last. Without these early space flights, none of the rest would have been possible. Back in the late 1950s and start of the 1960s, there were all […]

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The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (book review)

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent   (book review)

Jeremy Lent’s book title, ‘The Patterning Instinct’, sounds like a book on knitting but makes more sense from its sub-title, ‘A Cultural History Of Humanity’s Search For Meaning’. Lent’s perspective is to look at humanity from a historical point of view and what it all means. Also, if you’re looking for the meaning of life, […]

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Alien Covenant – with extra real rover.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alien Covenant – with extra real rover.

The Moonrover Audi Lunar Quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movie Alien Covenant this week, ahead of its impending mission to the Moon next year. The Audi lunar Quattro has been developed in cooperation with Berlin-based start-up Part-Time Scientists. Over the past two years, the automobile manufacturer has worked with a team […]

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UK fusion reactor achieves first plasma: predicts power plants on grid by 2030.

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
UK fusion reactor achieves first plasma: predicts power plants on grid by 2030.

The UK’s newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion. The tokamak reactor, entitled the ‘ST40’, […]

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NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017 by Ralph Lorenz (book review).

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017 by Ralph Lorenz (book review).

Something that becomes apparent from reading this book, ‘NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017’ by Ralph Lorenz, is how far our computer technology has advanced since the spacecraft/probe was sent to Saturn. I suspect it’s going to haunt ever more space missions the further we send them. The name ‘Cassini-Hyygens’ is derived from two 17th […]

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