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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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The Creeping Garden (2014) (Blu-ray film review)

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Creeping Garden (2014)   (Blu-ray film review)

‘The Creeping Garden’ opens with black and white footage of Roy O’Neill, an excited NBC reporter. He says there are reports of blobs up to 18 inches in diameter appearing in gardens in Houston, Texas! Cut to a path through a pleasant wood and a man looking for slime moulds. Writing on the screen tells […]

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Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

From the start, DJ Jaffe points out that his book, ‘Insane Consequences’, is not about mental conditions but about how the USA tackles or rather doesn’t tackle its most extremely disturbed citizens. The sub-title, ‘How The Mental Health Industry Fails The Mentally Ill’ tells it all. It doesn’t! That is, the mental health industry fails […]

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NASA eyes the future.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA eyes the future.

NASA has selected 399 rather scifi-sounding research and technology proposals that will help enable NASA’s future missions into deep space. Selected proposals aim to support the development of technologies in the areas of aeronautics, science, human exploration and operations, and space technology. This includes: High temperature superconducting coils for a future fusion reaction space engine. […]

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Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

Jeremy Brecher’s book ‘Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual’ is a short but important read. If you have any interest in climate change but needed current data in your hands or even to pass the book to others to read then this easily qualifies. Some information can be inferred. Take the recent American presidential campaign […]

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa looking hot for primitive life.

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa looking hot for primitive life.

Two NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other “ocean worlds” in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published Thursday by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope. In the papers, […]

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The Interocitor an article by: GF Willmetts

April 2, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
The Interocitor     an article by: GF Willmetts

In the 1955 film, ‘This Island Earth’, Doctor Cal Meacham is the last of eight scientists to receive a catalogue that intrigues him enough to order up an Interocitor, seeing it as the key device for all mechanisms shown. At that time, he had no awareness that it was in fact a standard device of […]

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