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From the Earth to the Moon, as long as you’re a billionaire.

December 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
From the Earth to the Moon, as long as you’re a billionaire.

The private space tourism business just racked up a notch, with the announcement that the Golden Spike Company will be transporting various uber-rich types to the moon for spot of quality me-time. Of course, if you have a billion in spare change and you want to make a difference to humanity’s future in space, might […]

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Voyager probe – finds alien life?

December 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
Voyager probe – finds alien life?

Well, maybe in the first Star Trek movie. In real life, though, NASA’s Voyager has just entered a new region far beyond our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.  Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because […]

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Your Terminator future… the X-47B carrier flight drone.

November 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Your Terminator future… the X-47B carrier flight drone.

It’s perhaps ironic in that the same week it was announced in a UK university they were going to set up a school to examine how to stop future AIs coming on-line and doing a Skynet on the human race, the USA have released a video showing the take off prep for the deadly pilotless […]

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Mercury… ice planet!

November 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Mercury… ice planet!

A NASA spacecraft studying Mercury has provided support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials within its permanently shadowed polar craters.  The new information comes from NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft. Its onboard instruments have been studying Mercury in detail since its […]

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ScitechStarter… Kickstarter for mad(ish) scientists and inventors?

November 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
ScitechStarter… Kickstarter for mad(ish) scientists and inventors?

Are you a scientist, engineer or inventor? Do you have plans for a James Dyson-like reinvention of some field of industry, scientific research into green energy, or maybe a new form of rocket engine that could propel the private space industry to Mars? Then have we got a new site for you… ScitechStarter… which aims […]

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Kepler… King of the Planet Hunters!

November 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Kepler… King of the Planet Hunters!

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years.  Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more […]

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The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

October 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

Erich Goode’s book, ‘The Paranormal’, has the sub-title ‘Who Believes Why They Believe And Why It Matters’. The comma is missing on the cover but has two in the indice inside to make up for it. The title should give a clue as to the book’s subject matter. Sensibly, Goode explains the scientific rationales of […]

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International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

You might have thought until now that I was only going to be reviewing Haynes fantasy output, but knowing what some of the books were coming up, I didn’t hesitate in adding the rather long titled ‘International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages)’ to the list. As you can see from the cover, there’s a sub-title […]

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Black hole flare’s one heck of a blast!

October 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Black hole flare’s one heck of a blast!

NASA’s newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. NuSTAR, launched June 13th 2012, is the only telescope […]

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Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

October 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

A study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by […]

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