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The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

October 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

Erich Goode’s book, ‘The Paranormal’, has the sub-title ‘Who Believes Why They Believe And Why It Matters’. The comma is missing on the cover but has two in the indice inside to make up for it. The title should give a clue as to the book’s subject matter. Sensibly, Goode explains the scientific rationales of […]

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International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

You might have thought until now that I was only going to be reviewing Haynes fantasy output, but knowing what some of the books were coming up, I didn’t hesitate in adding the rather long titled ‘International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages)’ to the list. As you can see from the cover, there’s a sub-title […]

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Black hole flare’s one heck of a blast!

October 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Black hole flare’s one heck of a blast!

NASA’s newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. NuSTAR, launched June 13th 2012, is the only telescope […]

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Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

October 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

A study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by […]

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The planets of Alpha Centauri!

October 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
The planets of Alpha Centauri!

John Grunsfeld at NASA had this to say to SFcrowsnest about the discovery of an exo-planet around Alpha Centauri, our nearest solar system. We congratulate the European Southern Observatory team for making this exciting new exoplanet discovery. For astronomers, the search for exoplanets helps us understand our place in the universe and determine whether Earth […]

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X-ray nova!

October 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
X-ray nova!

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the […]

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The universe… big and getting bigger!

October 3, 2012 | By | Reply More
The universe… big and getting bigger!

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching apart. The Hubble constant is named after the astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who astonished the world in the 1920s by confirming our universe has been expanding since it exploded […]

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The ancient streams of Mars.

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ancient streams of Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the […]

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Head Shot: The Science Behind The JFK Assassination: Expanded Edition by G. Paul Chambers.

September 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Head Shot: The Science Behind The JFK Assassination: Expanded Edition by G. Paul Chambers.

The assassination of President John Kennedy back in 1963 has been a particular nexus event in some Science Fiction realities. I have to confess that although only six at the time it happened, the full implications of the event didn’t really sink in. Like many of you out there, you tend to remember hearing about […]

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Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years. The estimated mass of the halo is comparable to the mass of all the stars in the galaxy. If the size and mass […]

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