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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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Cosmos: The Infographic Book Of Space by Stuart Lowe & Chris North (book review).

October 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cosmos: The Infographic Book Of Space by Stuart Lowe & Chris North (book review).

There is one great problem with doing visual books about the cosmos. The universe is a big place and to do a pictorial look at size and distance and everything becomes dots and relative distances. It’s either that or publish a book so large that you would have difficulty turning the pages. So you have […]

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Major hurdle broken for quantum computing future.

October 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Major hurdle broken for quantum computing future.

The world’s first calculation using two quantum bits in silicon has been demonstrated by a team of engineers at UNSW Australia. The manufacturing techniques used are the same as those employed in today’s silicon chip FAB sector, opening the way to ultra-powerful quantum computers. A classical computer has a memory made up of bits, where […]

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Autonomous electric cars able to go 700 miles on one charge?

September 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Autonomous electric cars able to go 700 miles on one charge?

Autonomous electric cars able to go 700 miles on one charge? Welcome to the future world of Elon Musk, head honcho over at Tesla.

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NASA’s Mars mystery revealed as … evidence of water found under surface!

September 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Mars mystery revealed as … evidence of water found under surface!

Last week, NASA teased a major scientific finding from their exploration of Mars, to be released during a major press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Well, the news has been published in Nature magazine, and holy *&^&*, did they not disappoint. As SF author Ray Bradbury once wrote in his brilliant The Martian Chronicles, […]

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