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Life on Titan… plastic based?

October 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Life on Titan… plastic based?

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite […]

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Cloud spotting on Kepler-7b.

October 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cloud spotting on Kepler-7b.

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. The world is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps […]

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Magnificent Mistakes In Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Magnificent Mistakes In Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

I do think the title ‘Magnificent Mistakes In Mathematics’ needs to be qualified as ‘Magnificent Mistakes In Mathematics Made By Mathematicians’ for the first couple of chapters. If you thought those scientists, amongst them, Isaac Newton, Lord Kelvin and Albert Einstein, were perfect mathematicians then I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fact that […]

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The Efficiency Trap by Steve Hallett (book review).

September 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Efficiency Trap by Steve Hallett (book review).

The whole point of Steve Hallett’s book, ‘The Efficiency Trap’, is pointing out things that we think are ‘green’ or healthy to the environment tends not to be on closer examination. Reading this book, you do suddenly realise that he does have a point. Using one of his examples of the battery driven or hybrid […]

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NASA to Mars: Who (or ‘what’) is hiding the methane now?

September 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
NASA to Mars: Who (or ‘what’) is hiding the methane now?

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 […]

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Signatures Of Life by Edward Ashpole (book review).

September 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
Signatures Of Life by Edward Ashpole (book review).

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 […]

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Aeroscraft… floating into the future, floating into the past.

September 9, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Aeroscraft… floating into the future, floating into the past.

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 – […]

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SpaceShipTwo… all your planets is ours.

September 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
SpaceShipTwo… all your planets is ours.

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 […]

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The Forces Of Nature: Our Quest To Conquest The Planet by Barry A. Vann (book review).

August 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Forces Of Nature: Our Quest To Conquest The Planet by Barry A. Vann (book review).

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 […]

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The Trachtenberg Speed System Of Basic Mathematics translated and adapted by Ann Cutler and Rudolph McShane (book review).

August 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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