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The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

Stephen Rothman’s book ‘The Paradox Of Evolution’ is explained a little better by it’s sub-title ‘The Strange Relationship Between Natural Selection And Reproduction’. We all have an understanding of Darwin’s ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ but, as Rothman points out, we don’t really understand how it works or the choices given when reproduction is added to […]

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Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

As author David K. Love points out, Johannes Kepler was a man who made as many mistakes as he got right. He was also amongst the leading people in the 16th-17th centuries proving that the Earth was one of the planets that orbited the Sun which was seen as an outrageous at the time and […]

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Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

December 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

Moore’s Law just got torn up and jumped on by the future of quantum computing, as Google in partnership with NASA and the quantum computing firm D-Wave, announced that they’ve been clocking up like-for-like speeds on their quantum box 100 million-times faster than their best traditional supercomputer. Or to put it in slightly more technical terms, Hartmut Neven, […]

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Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

November 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

Any book called ‘Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual’ will have a long time-line to cover as described by its sub-title ‘From 4.5 billion Years Ago To The Present’. It also has a sub-sub-title ‘The Practical Guide To The Origin, Evolution And Future Of Earth’. In other words, where our planet came from and where it’s […]

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Rockets go up . . . now they come down too.

November 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rockets go up . . . now they come down too.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic VTOL landing back at the launch site in West Texas. Way to go! Amazon founder Jeff Bezos scores a victory for science with his rocket firm Blue Origin‘s novel approach to space […]

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A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos (book review)

November 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos  (book review)

John Allen Paulos is a prominent American mathematician with eight previous books behind him that I haven’t seen. At this point in his writing career and late in life, there was a need for an autobiography. However, as he recounts throughout this book, he also deems autobiographies as having a bias, putting everything in a […]

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Mars’ Red Death: NASA discovers secret of what killed Mars!

November 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars’ Red Death: NASA discovers secret of what killed Mars!

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution – MAVEN – mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today. MAVEN data have enabled researchers […]

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NASA’s Eagleworks still finding strange thrust in EM drive.

November 3, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
NASA’s Eagleworks still finding strange thrust in EM drive.

The odd saga of Roger Shawyer’s strange EM Drive space thruster continues, with more evidence from NASA that there might be something to this device. Basically, the EM drive uses a propellant-less microwave reflecting system to produce thrust. Something which should be – as far as Newtonian physics is concerned, blooming impossible. While the reactionless […]

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Working rail-gun rifle produced with a 3-d printer.

October 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Working rail-gun rifle produced with a 3-d printer.

Do you want a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range? Well, if you’ve got a 3-d printer and want to follow David Wirth’s example, you could print out a 1800 joule rail-gun that fires aluminium and graphite ammo at around 560 mph. Looks big? Well, the rail-gun needs six capacitors to power it, […]

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Mars colony soon(ish)? NASA thinks so.

October 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars colony soon(ish)? NASA thinks so.

NASA wants a journey to Mars, and the agency has now released an outline of that plan in its report, “NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.” “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Today, we are publishing additional details […]

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