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Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t by James S. Welsh, MD (book review)

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t by James S. Welsh, MD   (book review)

James S. Welsh’s book title ‘Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t’ is enhanced by the sub-title, ‘How Animals Could Hold The Key To Unlocking Cancer Immunity In Humans’. After all, our species isn’t the only one to get cancer. What is more remarkable is that some species get cancer and then not only go into […]

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Fluke: The Maths And Myths Of Coincidences by Joseph Mazur (book review).

June 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fluke: The Maths And Myths Of Coincidences by Joseph Mazur (book review).

What odds would you give for so many books about mathematical odds coming out in such a short period of time? ‘Fluke: The Maths And Myths Of Coincidences’ as the title suggests is more about coincidence than your luck at the casino. Mind you, from my perspective, I see such clumping on a regular basis. […]

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Astronomy Manual: The Practical Guide To The Night Sky by Jane A. Green (book review)

June 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Astronomy Manual: The Practical Guide To The Night Sky by Jane A. Green  (book review)

‘Astronomy Manual: The Practical Guide To The Night Sky’ is the second edition of Jane A. Green’s book. As Brian May says in the introduction, astronomy is forever revealing new information about the universe and new editions can only keep up. How different this edition is to the 2010 version, I don’t know, as I […]

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Meet Max, the electric plane.

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Meet Max, the electric plane.

Max the Electric Plane might sound like something from a Disney animated movie, but it’s shortly to be coming our way. With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into its wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental air-plane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed Maxwell. NASA researchers working […]

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Major Tim: no longer floating ’round his tin can.

June 18, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Major Tim: no longer floating ’round his tin can.

British astronaut Tim Peake is no longer no longer floating ’round his tin can . . . Tim and two fellow crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several research studies in human health. Soyuz TMA-19M braked from the […]

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Choice Or Chance by Stephen Nowicki (book review).

June 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Choice Or Chance by Stephen Nowicki (book review).

Looking at the title, ‘Choice Or Chance’, you would think Stephen Nowicki’s book was about gambling odds. More so as there is a ring of dice on the cover. However, the sub-title, ‘Understanding Your Locus Of Control And Why It Matters’ still didn’t leave me that much wiser. It’s easier if you read the book. […]

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Einstein At Home by Friedrich Herneck translated by Josef Eisinger (book review).

May 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Einstein At Home by Friedrich Herneck translated by Josef Eisinger (book review).

Just when you thought you knew everything about Albert Einstein, this book, ‘Einstein At Home’ by Friedrich Herneck translated by Josef Eisinger written, originally in 1978, adds to the detail. Factually, this book only covers Einstein and his family while they lived in Germany for six years and comes from five interviews with their housekeeper, […]

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Black holes for nothing and your nebula for free.

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black holes for nothing and your nebula for free.

Using data from NASA’s Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. Researchers combined data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope to identify these possible black hole seeds. They discuss their findings in a […]

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The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

May 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

Einstein is often reported that God does not play dice, yet looking at Adam Kucharski’s book, ‘The Perfect Bet’, you do have to wondered if such a deity exists does he or she or it load the dice. There’s a certain fascination with gambling odds because so many people are looking for their edge so […]

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The Human Side Of Science by Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M. Wynn (book review).

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Human Side Of Science by Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M. Wynn (book review).

In many respects, ‘The Human Side Of Science’ mixes science into looking at the professional careers of people who came up with a discovery and how they got on with their contemporaries working in the same field. Understanding their foibles is useful, especially if you’re creating scientists for stories and want to know what makes […]

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