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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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It’s full of stars… no, planets!

November 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
It’s full of stars… no, planets!

NASA is excited about the discovery of 833 new candidate planets by the Kepler team. Ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s habitable zone, which is defined as the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet may be […]

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Editorial – Nov 2013: Space ISN’T the final frontier – by GF Willmetts (editorial).

November 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Nov 2013: Space ISN’T the final frontier – by GF Willmetts (editorial).

Space ISN’T the final frontier.   Hello everyone Read the opening line very carefully. It is the antithesis of the famous ‘Star Trek’ saying that is ingrained in our heads. So how can space not be the final frontier? I mean, it is out there after all. We see space in terms of the air […]

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Beyond The God Particle by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill (book review).

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Beyond The God Particle by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill (book review).

Considering what is said about the confusion calling the Higgs boson the God Particle, I’m surprised by the title, ‘Beyond The God Particle’, was used by authors Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill. However, the name is stuck in the public consciousness and I doubt if the name will change that quickly. The example of a […]

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More Than Honey (DVD review).

October 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
More Than Honey (DVD review).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylK9cDjhNQY&feature=youtu.be  Narrated by John Hurt, ‘More Than Honey’ is a documentary movie about the demise of the honey bee. Recent years have seen a remarkable decline in the numbers of the insect responsible for the pollination of about one third of our food. If extinct, the disappearance of the honey bee would leave us on […]

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Wild army robot… WildCat.

October 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Wild army robot… WildCat.

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed by Boston Dynamics to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 […]

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