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NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m Tuesday 14th 2015, to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. “I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” […]

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Quantum computing? Try, bio-computing with Rat-brain networks.

July 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Quantum computing? Try, bio-computing with Rat-brain networks.

File under shocking new developments in Franken-computing – but the brains of four rats have been just been wired up to create an organic “Brainet” able to run as a bio-computer. Duke University’s Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is the man behind this rather morally ‘interesting’ piece of experimentation. He told Nature magazine, “Recently, we proposed that […]

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We’re all doomed, as NASA finds oceans hide Global Warming.

July 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
We’re all doomed, as NASA finds oceans hide Global Warming.

A new NASA study of ocean temperature measurements shows in recent years extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. Researchers say this shifting pattern of ocean heat accounts for the slowdown in the global surface temperature trend observed during the past decade. Researchers Veronica Nieves, […]

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Great Calculations by Colin Pask (book review).

July 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Great Calculations by Colin Pask (book review).

You’re probably seen TV programmes where they do the top 100 of something or other. One that I doubt you would see is the top 50 calculations as provided by author Colin Pask in his book ‘Great Calculations’. What we have here is what happens after the observations and how scientists turned their information into […]

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Space-X mission to space station explodes.

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Space-X mission to space station explodes.

Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission. Preliminary analysis suggests the vehicle experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight. Telemetry indicates first stage flight was nominal and that Dragon remained healthy for some period […]

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Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

If you want to get a spaceship into orbit, then you need a rocket to propel it there. Ever since the Chinese developed gunpowder and the first rockets, the real problem has always been to get the most thrust from the least weight or mass that is carried and why the payload is often a […]

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UK and USA heading for a new ice age, warns Met Office.

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
UK and USA heading for a new ice age, warns Met Office.

A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of ice age winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States, warns the Met Office. The Met Office-led study, published in Nature Communications, is among the first to look at the regional climate impacts of a possible ‘grand solar […]

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NASA’s Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa . . . go for green!

June 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa . . . go for green!

Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development. NASA’s mission concept – to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its […]

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NASA detects stratosphere on an impossible planet?

June 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA detects stratosphere on an impossible planet?

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a strange stratosphere, one of the primary layers of Earth’s atmosphere, on a massive and blazing-hot odd exoplanet known as WASP-33b. The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed. This atmospheric layer includes molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible […]

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The frozen DNA of Martian life?

June 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
The frozen DNA of Martian life?

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars. Such deposits might provide a delicate window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet – preserving the DNA of now-extinct Martian life much like amber in the science fiction film Jurassic Park. During the past few years, research […]

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