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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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Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

If you thought that the ‘Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual’ was solely, as astronaut Helen Sharman calls ‘a workhorse’, about the Soyuz, you’d be mistaken. What you have here is the history of the Russian space programme and some comparisons with the American space programme which puts things into historical perspective. As such, it would hardly […]

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Up close and personal with Pluto.

January 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Up close and personal with Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14th 2015 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. “NASA first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first […]

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Intelligence Unbound: The Future Of Uploaded And Machine Minds edited by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick (book review).

January 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Intelligence Unbound: The Future Of Uploaded And Machine Minds edited by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick (book review).

Occasionally, I will include the sub-title with a book’s main title. This is the case with the rather extended ‘Intelligence Unbound: The Future Of Uploaded And Machine Minds’. To do otherwise might mean a misinterpretation that the book is just extending normal intelligence not making the cross-over to digital intelligence. The discussion points here across […]

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NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study — the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Using Kepler data, scientists reached […]

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Galaxy-frying X-ray burst from Milky Way’s supermassive black hole core.

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Galaxy-frying X-ray burst from Milky Way’s supermassive black hole core.

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment. The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, called […]

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It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

On his deathbed in 1543, Nicholas Copernicus arranged for his book, ‘De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium’ or, in English, ‘On The Revolution Of The Heavenly Spheres’ to be published. Although he wasn’t the first to propose that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun, he was the first into print, even if his second […]

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NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

December 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized […]

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