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Nearest habitable world found around Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range.

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nearest habitable world found around Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range.

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range of Earth. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on […]

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The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The sub-title of Steven D. Bloom’s book, ‘The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction’ is ‘Understanding Interstellar Travel, Teleportation, Time Travel, Alien Life And Other Genre Fixtures’. Just so you know what the 10 chapters in this book will cover. I suspect there wasn’t room on the cover to add robots, weaponry and super-humans, although […]

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The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom (book review).

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom (book review).

Very, very occasionally, I will look at a book with a massive page count and wonder at either the subject matter or how long it will take to read and digest. I’ve read longer books but the implication here is religion from the title of Howard Bloom’s book, ‘The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos […]

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Climate Trauma: Foreseeing The Future In Dystopian Film And Fiction by E. Ann Kaplan (book review)

July 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Climate Trauma: Foreseeing The Future In Dystopian Film And Fiction by E. Ann Kaplan  (book review)

On the top of E. Ann Kaplan’s hit list in her introduction to her book, ‘Climate Trauma: Foreseeing The Future In Dystopian Film And Fiction’ is that Science Fiction should have a climate sub-genre ie ‘cli-fi’. Although I’m not sure if such a name will ever catch on, I’m not sure if she has a […]

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The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who by Simon Guerruer and Dr. Marek Kukula (book review)

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who by Simon Guerruer and Dr. Marek Kukula  (book review)

Talk about edging your bets. ‘The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who’ by Simon Guerruer and Dr. Marek Kukula cross-matches real science with a certain Time Lord’s TV series, all 813 episodes up to February 2015 and then includes 15 new short stories from various authors, interspersed between the chapters in case readers get bored with […]

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Alien worlds spotted by NASA: life possible.

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alien worlds spotted by NASA: life possible.

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets. Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found […]

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Complexity by William C. Burger (book review)

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Complexity by William C. Burger   (book review)

Given a choice of titles, the shorter ‘Complexity’ could mean anything. The extended title, ‘The Future Of Earth’s Biodiversity And The Future Of Mankind’ puts a different complexion on William C. Burger’s book. We are not only looking at evolution but where it leads. What you will find is how so much information sinks in […]

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By Jupiter! Juno space probe arrives at the big’un.

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
By Jupiter! Juno space probe arrives at the big’un.

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add […]

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Rising Tides (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rising Tides (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a generally well-made documentary examining the rising of sea level, the land erosion it causes and how the problem is manifesting itself globally. It reports on the crisis and contains several interviews with government officials, experts, and victims commenting on the size of the problem and what is being done to counter it. […]

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Everyone wants to be Elon Musk: with the remote control SpaceX Falcon 9 Droneship.

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Everyone wants to be Elon Musk: with the remote control SpaceX Falcon 9 Droneship.

Yes, everyone wants to be Elon Musk: and with the remote control SpaceX Falcon 9 Droneship, amateur rocket enthusiasts finally can be. Watch this RC rocket land in a swimming pool on a toy barge. Batteries – and chemical fuel boosters – not included!

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