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Help save humanity from asteroid extinction with a single download.

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Help save humanity from asteroid extinction with a single download.

A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. […]

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Chances for life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus rise dramatically.

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Chances for life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus rise dramatically.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first clear evidence that Saturn’s moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth. The implications of such activity on a world other than our planet open up unprecedented scientific possibilities. “These findings add to the possibility that […]

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Ceres, Ho!

March 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ceres, Ho!

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received […]

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Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

March 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science […]

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My blaster’s set to kill! ATHENA laser weapon zaps truck the &^%$ up.

March 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
My blaster’s set to kill! ATHENA laser weapon zaps truck the &^%$ up.

Lockheed Martin’s30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure. Known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, the ground-based prototype system burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds […]

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Arrival on dwarf planet Ceres comes close.

March 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Arrival on dwarf planet Ceres comes close.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6th 2015. “Dawn is about to make history,” said Robert Mase, project manager for […]

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Brilliant! By Bob Johnson (book review).

February 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Brilliant! By Bob Johnson (book review).

Want to hear a light story? I mean a real light story, like the ones you must have in your house or in the torch you use that uses white LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes in case you don’t know the acronym) which have only come into their own in the past eight years. For these […]

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Making A Real Dalek: an assessment by: GF Willmetts (article).

February 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Making A Real Dalek: an assessment by: GF Willmetts (article).

The nature of this article came about when we were approached by a representative of the Horror Channel asking us for an assessment of how much it would cost to build a real Dalek based on the picture you see above. My first reaction was the cost of the neutron bomb and the necessary radiation […]

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My Favourite Picture by Andy Bollan (article).

February 1, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
My Favourite Picture by Andy Bollan (article).

I love this picture. I first saw it on NASA’a APOD website http://apod.nasa.gov/apod  roughly 10 years ago. It looks like a candle on the altar of science or a giant arrow pointing onwards and upwards. Like Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, it shows the sun setting on a glorious technological period of time. This rocket is about […]

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Rare by Keith Veronese (book review).

January 22, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Rare by Keith Veronese (book review).

‘Rare’ has nothing to do with steaks or seldom seen animals but something far more important that we all use and indeed have in your possession if you own a mobile phone: rare metals. The use of them is largely because of their active states in moving electrons round so are handy in electronics. You […]

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