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The Stardust Revolution by Jacob Berkowitz (book review).

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Stardust Revolution by Jacob Berkowitz (book review).

‘The Stardust Revolution’ has nothing to do with rebellion in outer space. The sub-title ‘The New Stories Of Our Origin In The Stars’ should put you more into the picture. Although author Jacob Berkowitz doesn’t use the statement ‘We are all stardust’, his examination of the connections between chemistry and astronomy will certainly strengthen it. […]

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Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece by Colin Pask (book review).

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece by Colin Pask (book review).

Now this is the kind of book you won’t come across very often. Colin Pask explores and analyses Isaac Newton’s third book, actually it’s three books in one, in ‘Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece’. I doubt if many people read the original ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, usually abbreviated to ‘Principia’, yet this is this […]

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Combat Aircraft 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In Europe And The Middle East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

January 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Combat Aircraft 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In Europe And The Middle East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

The use of the SR-71 Blackbird or Habu in Europe and the Middle East meant that it would have to work out from a base on this side of the Atlantic. It wasn’t a surprise that because of our ‘special relationship’ to the USA that Great Britain got opted with its main base in Norfolk’s […]

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SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

January 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

Virgin Galactic has completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo. In command on the flight deck of SS2 for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Mackay, along with Scaled Composites’ test pilot Mark Stucky, tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System and […]

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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).

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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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