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Water plumes ahoy, erupting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Water plumes ahoy, erupting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean […]

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Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina (book review)

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina    (book review)

The belief that only humans are sentient is slowly being dispelled today. It might not be the same form of intelligence that we have but the sense of family or clan support can be just as strong, as well as a variety of emotional and intelligent mindsets that compare to our own. Carl Safina’s book, […]

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Will We Ever Be Ready? an article of speculation by: GF Willmetts.

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Will We Ever Be Ready? an article of speculation by: GF Willmetts.

The most apparent thing at watching the TV 2015 adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End’ 1953 novel this past week is the cultural shock that humans will have should we meet an advanced alien species. First contact is a prevalent theme and trope in any SF, whatever the format. It hits everything from less […]

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Jupiter on the waveband.

September 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jupiter on the waveband.

  I’ve known since young that the outer planets especially give off their own sounds but its nice to hear such a clear copy from the orbiting Juno satellite in Jupiter orbit. When I heard it this morning, it sounded like the opening bars to the 1962 puppet show ‘Space Patrol’ (the Americans had it under […]

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Grow me a fuel pod? Now, that’s what I call solar power!

August 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Grow me a fuel pod? Now, that’s what I call solar power!

As scientists and policymakers around the world try to combat the increasing rate of climate change, they have focused on the chief culprit: carbon dioxide. Produced by the burning of fossil fuels in power plants and car engines, carbon dioxide continues to accumulate in the atmosphere, warming the planet. But trees and other plants do […]

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NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 To Apollo 17 And Skylab by W. David Woods (book review)

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 To Apollo 17 And Skylab by W. David Woods   (book review)

Back in the early 1960s, America decided that they would need a big rocket if ever they wanted to go to the Moon. Looking at the design of the Juno that became known by its alternative name as the Saturn V, compared to other rockets, then they achieved that but it wasn’t an easy build. […]

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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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