Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a […]
Looking at the book cover of Edward Ashpole’s book ‘Signatures Of Life’, where it shows a barren planetary surface, you’ll probably say there’s no life there. The sub-title ‘Science Searches The Universe’ sends a different message in that we are looking, as witnessed by the SETI programme, that we are looking to see if we […]
Meet the Aeroscraft – it’s the future of aviation. And it’s also the past. To some, it looks like a giant next-gen airship. And the best bit is that it’s just been granted its airworthiness certificate by the US Federal Aviation Administration… and that’s exciting, as it allows the firm behind it – Aeros – […]
Virgin Galactic reports that their SpaceShipTwo vessel shattered the sound barrier above the Mojave Desert in one of its final test flights before Richard Branson launches his commercial endeavor to allow DotCom billionaires to escape the Earth before the big asteroid hits. Opps, I mean near-orbital space tourism. Sorry, Richard. There’s a video here where […]
Author Barry A. Vann, through his book ‘The Forces Of Nature’, looks at how Man has conquered this planet. Obviously geared for the American audience, the orientation is towards the American continent than the rest of the planet. He also tackles the rather often neglected aspect of how religions, chiefly Christian and Muslim have also […]
The Trachtenberg Speed System Of Basic Mathematics translated and adapted by Ann Cutler and Rudolph McShane (book review).
Jakow Trachtenberg was born in Russia and a pacifist who married a German woman, stayed in Germany but with the on-set of war, they fled to Yugoslavia where he was later interned in a concentration camp. A author and engineer, he spent his days there manipulating numbers, understanding their relationships and developing a system of […]
The whole point of Jeff Stibel’s book ‘Breakpoint’ is the limits of anything before it comes crashing down. This might be population or even a culture, he shows they all follow a similar pattern, a somewhat distorted Mexican hat with a drop-off point a lot higher as it settles down with the actual requirement to […]
Love it or hate it, the 3D revolution and row rumbles on as the entertainment industry continues to plague us with movies that appear to lurch out of the screen in a desperate effort to keep audiences in multiplexes. We may think of this as a modern phenomena but this titanic effort has been going […]
The mind. We all have one. Well, I do think I’d raise some question marks on some so-called celebrities who don’t even know they live on a planet but that’s mostly for not making the best use of something they have inside their heads. Ronald T. Kellogg’s book, ‘The Making Of The Mind, examines how […]
Starship Century: Towards The Grandest Horizon edited by James Benford and Gregory Benford (book review).
‘Starship Century: Towards The Grandest Horizon’ should be on your must read booklist for this year. The material is garnered from the ‘2011 100 Year Starship Symposium’ and all proceeds from this book will be donated to research on interstellar travel. There are twenty-one articles and stories from scientists, like Stephen Hawking and Freeman Dyson, […]