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Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

The quirky and entertaining aspects of mathematics will be relatively familiar to most SFCrowsnest readers. For example, you would have heard about the way the golden ratio crops up in many aspects of art and architecture or seen prettily coloured diagrams of fractals such as the Mandelbrot set. But the way these topics are handled […]

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When super-worlds get cloudy.

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
When super-worlds get cloudy.

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds. The planets are GJ 436b, located 36 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo, and GJ 1214b, 40 light-years away in the constellation […]

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Combat Aircraft 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In The Far East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

December 21, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Combat Aircraft 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In The Far East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

I did wonder when I started this book, ‘Combat Aircraft 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In The Far East’ by Paul F. Crickmore, as to what would it cover about the famous stealth surveillance Mach 3.1 Blackbird, also called the Habu, nicknamed after a dark poisonous put viper, by its pilots. The SR-71 was the replacement […]

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Mood: The Key To Understanding Ourselves And Others by Patrick M. Burke (book review).

December 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Mood: The Key To Understanding Ourselves And Others by Patrick M. Burke (book review).

Patrick M. Burke’s book ‘Mood: The Key To Understanding Ourselves And Others’ looks at what makes us depressed or happy, not to mention the multitude of emotions in between. Much of your moods depends on the release of hormones which no doubt explains the variety of drugs that can be used to bring you down […]

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UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

In more recent years, I’ve tended to become a lot more ambivalent when it comes to UFO sightings. Going back through history, although this book starts in 1892, Man has always seen odd things in the skies. Once they were thought to be gods and monsters, then airships and, from the 1930s on, alien spacecraft. […]

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Space Shuttle Launch System: 1972-2004 by Mark Lardas and illustrated by Ian Palmer (book review).

December 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Space Shuttle Launch System: 1972-2004 by Mark Lardas and illustrated by Ian Palmer (book review).

For such a small book, ‘Space Shuttle Launch System: 1972-2004’ packs a lot into such a small number of pages, providing both a history and the designs of the space shuttle. It’s interesting seeing how much the USAF contributed to the work on the shuttle, seeing as they wanted to use it as a platform […]

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The Science Of Fiction And The Fiction Of Science by Frank McConnell (book review).

December 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Fiction And The Fiction Of Science by Frank McConnell (book review).

I have to confess from the start that this is the first I’ve heard of American university tutor Frank McConnell, who died in 1999. Against the trends in 1992, he was prepared to lecture on graphic novels over there and even brought in Neil Gaiman as a guest lecturer for seven years and who provides […]

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Think: Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

December 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Think: Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

If you thought Guy P. Harrison’s latest book, ‘Think: Why You Should Question Everything’ should have you pondering then you’d be right. Harrison’s assertion is that scepticism (he spells it the American way ‘skepticism’ but it’s the same thing) is healthy for you and it will discourage you from believing anything on trust and look […]

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10 Questions Science Can’t Answer (Yet) by Michael Hanlon (book review).

November 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
10 Questions Science Can’t Answer (Yet) by Michael Hanlon (book review).

It’s often thought that science has the solution for everything. As we play with science in the genre, we know that isn’t true because we often see the limitations that it imposes on what we can do. With this book, author Michael Hanlon, addresses the ‘10 Questions Science Can’t Answer (Yet)’. The titles of each […]

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Earth death by meteor… NASA fights back.

November 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Earth death by meteor… NASA fights back.

A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time has gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact.  The data obtained as the result of the airburst of a meteoroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, has revolutionized scientists’ understanding of this natural phenomenon. […]

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