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Atoms Under The Floorboards by Chris Woodford (book review)

September 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Atoms Under The Floorboards by Chris Woodford   (book review)

Calling Chris Woodford’s book ‘Atoms Under The Floorboards’ is a bit of a misnomer as atoms are everywhere. The sub-title, ‘The Surprising Science Hidden In Your Home’ might not be so commercial but it does explain the subject matter easier. Those of you who claim you don’t understand science should be surprised how much you […]

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The Magic & Mystery Of Birds by Noah Strycker (book review).

September 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Magic & Mystery Of Birds by Noah Strycker (book review).

I have no idea why they thought of us unless it was because we are geeky when Noah Strycker’s book ‘The Magic & Mystery Of Birds’ landed on my doorstep with nary a bird delivering it. Once I started reading, I suddenly realised just how much like an alien species birds actually are and then […]

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E.T. just ain’t there, says new research.

September 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
E.T. just ain’t there, says new research.

Sensitive new telescopes now permit astronomers to detect waste heat expected to be a signature of advanced alien civilisations that can harness enormous energies on the scale of the stellar output of their own galaxy. Now, Professor Michael Garrett (ASTRON General & Scientific Director) has used radio observations of candidate galaxies to show that such […]

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Beyond books: Jeff Bezos invests millions in new spacecraft factory.

September 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Beyond books: Jeff Bezos invests millions in new spacecraft factory.

Amazon billionaire and Lex Luthor-alike Jeff Bezos is creating a massive new next-gen rocket factory in Florida via his Blue Origin space exploration firm. Perhaps inspired by Matt Damon’s vow to science the ^%$% out of this, if not Matt’s recent bout of #Damonsplaining (don’t ask), our Internet Overlord is now getting serious about the next great […]

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus – new ocean discovered!

September 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Saturn’s moon Enceladus – new ocean discovered!

Get your space scuba gear on, because a global ocean has just been discovered beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s geologically active moon Enceladus, according to NASA’s Cassini mission. Researchers found the magnitude of the moon’s very slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can only be accounted for if its outer ice shell is not […]

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Occupy Mars – a promise, not a protest.

September 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Occupy Mars – a promise, not a protest.

In this amazing interview, astronaut Buzz Aldrin talks about how humanity is currently planning to occupy Mars and colonise it, and how the Red Planet’s human exploration will happen in the next few decades. Hey, we’re going to have to science the s%$& out of this!

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The Secret Life Of Space by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest (book review)

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Secret Life Of Space by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest   (book review)

Oddly, when you bear in mind that both Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest are astronomers/astrophysicists, their latest book, ‘The Secret Life Of Space’, doesn’t actually start off there. The first thing they do is pull the rug from under you by proving things you thought were true aren’t. Chief of those is that Stonehenge isn’t […]

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Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures by Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller (book review)

August 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures by Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller    (book review)

Numbers. You can’t live without them and I suspect even those of you who don’t see yourselves as numerate can at least count with them from time to time. Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller’s book, ‘Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures’ explains all about them, dropping off various facts along the way. I mean, […]

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Making everything magnetic?

August 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Making everything magnetic?

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that are not naturally magnetic, which could end our reliance on some rare and toxic elements currently used. In a study led by the University of Leeds and published today in the journal Nature, researchers detail a way of altering the quantum […]

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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet.

August 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet.

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data. Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to its star to sustain life, is a mere 21 light-years away. While the planet itself […]

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