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Death Rays And The Popular Media, 1876-1939 by William J. Fanning, Jr. (book review).

December 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Death Rays And The Popular Media, 1876-1939 by William J. Fanning, Jr. (book review).

The kind of happy subject you want this time of year is ‘Death Rays And The Popular Media’. Specifically from their source between ‘1879-1939’ and as the sub-title goes, ‘A Study Of Directed Energy Weapons In Fact, Fiction And Film’. We are talking ray guns here, folks, and if you thought this was a modern […]

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Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films by Sharon Packer, M.D. (book review).

December 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films by Sharon Packer, M.D. (book review).

I have to confess that I wasn’t quite sure what ‘Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films’ was going to cover. I mean, is it the use of neuroscience or some aspects used within the film. In the introduction, author Sharon Packer defines it as neuropunk, with an accent on physical aspects and playing with the brain […]

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Ground Control to Major Tim, take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

December 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ground Control to Major Tim, take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

A British astronaut on the ISS? It all looked a little Mr Bean Goes to Space on the news, but we finally did it! Hatches between the International Space Station and an arriving Soyuz spacecraft opened at 2:58 p.m. EST Tuesday, signalling the arrival of three new crew members, including British astronaut Major Tim Peake […]

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Fusion power plasma, achieved for the first time.

December 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fusion power plasma, achieved for the first time.

On December 10th 2015, the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device – a stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald produced its first helium plasma. Their scientists would like to prove that this type of device is suitable for use as a power station. The objective of fusion research is to […]

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The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

Stephen Rothman’s book ‘The Paradox Of Evolution’ is explained a little better by it’s sub-title ‘The Strange Relationship Between Natural Selection And Reproduction’. We all have an understanding of Darwin’s ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ but, as Rothman points out, we don’t really understand how it works or the choices given when reproduction is added to […]

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Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

As author David K. Love points out, Johannes Kepler was a man who made as many mistakes as he got right. He was also amongst the leading people in the 16th-17th centuries proving that the Earth was one of the planets that orbited the Sun which was seen as an outrageous at the time and […]

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Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

December 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Google’s quantum computing breakthrough: 100 million times faster!

Moore’s Law just got torn up and jumped on by the future of quantum computing, as Google in partnership with NASA and the quantum computing firm D-Wave, announced that they’ve been clocking up like-for-like speeds on their quantum box 100 million-times faster than their best traditional supercomputer. Or to put it in slightly more technical terms, Hartmut Neven, […]

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Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

November 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

Any book called ‘Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual’ will have a long time-line to cover as described by its sub-title ‘From 4.5 billion Years Ago To The Present’. It also has a sub-sub-title ‘The Practical Guide To The Origin, Evolution And Future Of Earth’. In other words, where our planet came from and where it’s […]

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Rockets go up . . . now they come down too.

November 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rockets go up . . . now they come down too.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic VTOL landing back at the launch site in West Texas. Way to go! Amazon founder Jeff Bezos scores a victory for science with his rocket firm Blue Origin‘s novel approach to space […]

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A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos (book review)

November 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos  (book review)

John Allen Paulos is a prominent American mathematician with eight previous books behind him that I haven’t seen. At this point in his writing career and late in life, there was a need for an autobiography. However, as he recounts throughout this book, he also deems autobiographies as having a bias, putting everything in a […]

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