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101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space by Mark Thompson (book review).

March 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space by Mark Thompson (book review).

I could say from the start, ‘Only 101 facts about space?’ I suspect, author Mark Thompson and his publishers thought it might need a limit hence, ‘101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space’. I can hardly detail all of them or you wouldn’t buy the book but I’ll pick out the odd fact that I […]

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NASA will temporarily suspend production and testing of Space Launch System and Orion hardware (science news).

March 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
NASA will temporarily suspend production and testing of Space Launch System and Orion hardware (science news).

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, tells SFcrowsnest that NASA is to temporarily suspend production and testing of Space Launch System and Orion hardware. He said, “NASA leadership is determined to make the health and safety of its workforce its top priority as we navigate the coronavirus situation. To that end, the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility and […]

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What can A.I. teach us about humanity? (documentary: video).

March 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
What can A.I. teach us about humanity? (documentary: video).

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. In 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people […]

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Thyme Lords vs nasty viruses: the soap box (science video).

March 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Thyme Lords vs nasty viruses: the soap box (science video).

The ultimate Thyme Lord, Alton Brown, wants to tell us why soap is far superior for the task of bashing viruses as opposed to all those feeble hand sanitisers.

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The Magicians by Marcus Chown (book review).

March 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magicians by Marcus Chown (book review).

I do wonder if author Marcus Chown’s book ‘The Magicians’ is a good title, although the sub-title, ‘Great Minds And The Central Miracle Of Science’ should point out that it’s not about magic. Over the ten chapters, Chown goes over the discoveries various scientists have made about the reality we live in, mostly in quantum […]

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Use your PC’s spare capacity to research coronavirus cures (science news).

March 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
Use your PC’s spare capacity to research coronavirus cures (science news).

If you have a gaming PC, you can lend the graphical power of your video card to battle the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Video card manufacture Nvidia is asking PC gamers to download the distributed Folding@home computer program at https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/ to assist the Folding@home team to process an initial wave of projects simulating potentially druggable protein […]

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Mars must fall to humanity: inside Elon Musk’s plan (science news).

March 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
Mars must fall to humanity: inside Elon Musk’s plan (science news).

Here’s an interesting article which goes behind Elon Musk’s not-so secret plans to build a starship a week in his rush to settle Mars. Read the full article over at: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/inside-elon-musks-plan-to-build-one-starship-a-week-and-settle-mars/ The Offworld Report: the best news offworld SFcrowsnest

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NASA seeks applicants to visit the Moon and Mars (news).

March 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
NASA seeks applicants to visit the Moon and Mars (news).

NASA has begun accepting applications for future astronauts. Aspiring spacers have until March 31st 2020, to apply. The call for more astronauts comes at a time when the agency is preparing to send the first woman and next man to the Moon with the Artemis program. Exploring the Moon during this decade will help prepare […]

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Earth-killer asteroids ranked by size (space video).

February 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Earth-killer asteroids ranked by size (space video).

Animator Alvaro Gracia Montoya has created a very nice video animation of the solar system’s known Earth-killer asteroids ranked by size compared to New York City.

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Earth’s alien first contact: how badly will humanity lose its s$£%? (video: documentary).

February 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Earth’s alien first contact: how badly will humanity lose its s$£%? (video: documentary).

Earth’s alien first contact: so, just how badly will humanity lose its s$£% when it gets its first public message – or visit – from ET? A discussion between John Michael Godier and Trevor Williams about the many possible reactions of humanity and the various scenarios of first contact with an alien civilisation.

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