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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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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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