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Why intelligent life could be hiding out there in the galaxy (and probably is) (science documentary).

August 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Why intelligent life could be hiding out there in the galaxy (and probably is) (science documentary).

Answering the question of are we alone has turned out to be a bit more difficult than was originally envisioned when SETI first began decades ago. At first it was a matter of looking for giant omni-directional beacons blasting out high energy messages, much like what we saw in the movie contact. But as we’ve […]

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Unmanned Terminator bicycle is coming for you (tech news).

August 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Unmanned Terminator bicycle is coming for you (tech news).

Here’s an interesting one – China has produced an unmanned bicycle which uses a Chinese Tianjic-made A.I. chip for some impressive real-time object detection, tracking, voice recognition, obstacle avoidance, and balance control. Well, when the robot revolution finally happens in 2210, you can now guarantee to be chased by crazed A.I. Boris Bikes down the […]

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The Compact Guide: DNA by Kat Arney (book review).

August 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Compact Guide: DNA by Kat Arney (book review).

There is an old saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. This should also extend to cover the size of a book. Publisher Andre Deutsch is doing a series of small ‘Compact Guides’ and ‘DNA’ by Kat Arney was the closest to our remit. What I didn’t expect was a dense […]

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Von Braun space station concept floated by Gateway Foundation.

July 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Von Braun space station concept floated by Gateway Foundation.

The Von Braun Station proposed by the Gateway Foundation would be a rotating space station designed to produce varying levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rate of rotation. The station looks to accommodate national space agencies conducting low gravity research, as well as space tourists who want to experience life on a […]

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LightSail 2 goes a-solar-sailing (space news).

July 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
LightSail 2 goes a-solar-sailing (space news).

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has now gone solar sailing. After a successful launch on June 25th 2019 from the Kennedy Space Center aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, LightSail 2 was efficiently unpacked and unfurled for its full sail deployment attempt on Tuesday July 23rd 2019. The LightSail 2 is a crowdfunded spacecraft mission by […]

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Apollo 11: The Moon Landing In Real Time by Ian Passingham (book review).

July 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Apollo 11: The Moon Landing In Real Time by Ian Passingham (book review).

This book, ‘Apollo 11: The Moon Landing In Real Time’ by Ian Passingham, takes a slightly different approach to the events 50 years back. After a brief chapter encapsulating the space missions up to that time, the book starts at Launch Minus 14 Days and concludes with the Splashdown and touching on a little of […]

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Alan Turing: genius coming to a bank note near you, soon.

July 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alan Turing: genius coming to a bank note near you, soon.

Here’s a good reason to be living in the UK, the – about time – new imagery depicting computer genius Alan Turing and his work which will be used for the reverse of the upcoming £50 note. The new polymer £50 note is expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021. Alan Turing provided […]

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Four thousand exo-planets discovered (and counting).

July 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Four thousand exo-planets discovered (and counting).

Here’s a beautiful animated video timeline of our discovery of exo-planets between 1991 (count: zero) and today in 2019 (count: +4000 and rising). So many worlds. I wonder if we will survive as a species to visit a few of them? Wouldn’t that be marvellous.

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NASA going for orbital 3d printing in a big way.

July 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA going for orbital 3d printing in a big way.

NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. (California), to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies could be important for America’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. Archinaut One is expected to […]

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NASA astronaut Dr Jeanette Epps to discuss future of space flight at Dublin 2019 WorldCon.

July 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA astronaut Dr Jeanette Epps to discuss future of space flight at Dublin 2019 WorldCon.

NASA astronaut Dr Jeanette Epps will be a Special Guest at Dublin 2019 Irish Worldcon – discussing the challenges of space exploration in lectures and panels. Dr Epps will appear on panels on space commercialisation, the Apollo moon shot programme, and NASA’s Artemis programme to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. She will also […]

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