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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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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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