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Destination Mars: New Explorations Of The Red Planet by Rod Pyle (book review).

January 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Destination Mars: New Explorations Of The Red Planet by Rod Pyle (book review).

With so much focus on the Apollo missions to the Moon and later with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, sending unmanned flights to Mars seems to have been short-changed in comparison over the years. Even recent missions have been done on a cheaper budget than the biggest mega-film budget, although a mission […]

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Gravity by Brian Clegg (book review).

January 23, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Gravity by Brian Clegg (book review).

  Gravity. Can’t see it. Can’t live without it. It keeps us on the Earth and if you fall from a great height, you’ll fall at the same speed as anything else on this planet. Brian Clegg’s book ‘Gravity’ explores the history of its discovery from Galileo through to Newton and beyond. It’s also rather […]

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Lakes of Mars.

January 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Lakes of Mars.

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet’s early evolution. The new information comes from researchers analyzing spectrometer data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which looked down on the floor of McLaughlin Crater. The Martian crater is […]

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Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling (book review).

January 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling (book review).

Now in its sixth reprint, the breath-holding titled ‘Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual’ by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling should be on the list to own by anyone interested in the Moon landings, more so now that the first man on the Moon, Neal Armstrong, died in 2012. […]

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Design us a flying sub, begs, DARPA (and make it a drone one, please).

January 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Design us a flying sub, begs, DARPA (and make it a drone one, please).

As we stand today, cost and complexity limit the US Navy to fewer weapons systems and platforms, so resources are strained to operate over large maritime areas. Drones are commonly envisioned to fill coverage gaps and deliver action at a distance. However, for all of the advances in sensing, autonomy, and unmanned platforms in recent […]

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Spiral Galaxy? It’s big… damn big!

January 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Spiral Galaxy? It’s big… damn big!

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral, based on archival data from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission. GALEX has since been loaned to the California Institute of […]

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Free planets for everyone… NASA’s great new world rush.

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Free planets for everyone… NASA’s great new world rush.

NASA’s Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. One of the four newly […]

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Planetary disruption beyond imagination at Fomalhaut.

January 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Planetary disruption beyond imagination at Fomalhaut.

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14 […]

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

One thing I’m not particularly good at is complex puzzles. That doesn’t mean that I can’t do standard crosswords, although I stop at the point where I don’t know the answers than look them up, or even Sudoku, although I won’t do massive erasures and start again if I get lost. I calculated the odds […]

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

The ‘Wonderful Life With The Elements’ is a clever book with a sophisticated premise. Each of the 103 elements described is characterised as a cartoon person with features such as hair styles and clothing used to denote physical and chemical properties. Supplemental cartoons illustrate other aspects of the element’s nature such as its usefulness to […]

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