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The Whole Story Of Climate by E. Kirseten Peters (book review).

March 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Whole Story Of Climate by E. Kirseten Peters (book review).

When I started E. Kirseten Peters’ book, ‘The Whole Story Of Climate’, I was expecting, based off the cover, something more akin to our current change climate change. Actually, this book goes back to the origins of geology and how what we know about the planet. This is important because if you’re going to understand […]

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Strange new structures in space discovered by NASA.

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Strange new structures in space discovered by NASA.

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van […]

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The Joy Of X: A Guided Tour Of Mathematics by Steven Strogatz (book review).

February 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Joy Of X: A Guided Tour Of Mathematics by Steven Strogatz	 (book review).

If it wasn’t for the sub-title, ‘A Guided Tour Of Mathematics: From One To Infinity’, ‘The Joy Of X’ could easily be considered as a book easily put on the wrong shelf in a bookshop. Instead, it illustrates that writer Steven Strogatz has a sense of humour as he explains arithmetic and then mathematics. Even […]

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Science Fiction And Philosophy edited by Susan Schneider (book review).

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Philosophy edited by Susan Schneider (book review).

I have to say from the start, I found ‘Science Fiction And Philosophy’ an odd book, which became odder as I read it. Divided into five sections, I felt sorry for David J. Chambers in the first section trying to get his head around virtual realities and ‘The Matrix’ in particular. I couldn’t help but […]

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The very, very small planet.

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
The very, very small planet.

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun.  The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring […]

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Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear by John W. Reich (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear by John W. Reich (book review).

I wasn’t really sure about John W. Reich’s book, ‘Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear’, as it took a couple chapters to settle down into what he was getting at. After that, it started to make sense. Reich’s focus is on how people are persuaded not only by someone talking but the emotional […]

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Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley, David Woods & Philip Dolling (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley, David Woods & Philip Dolling (book review).

The ‘Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual’ has a fascinating history. The vehicle, not the book, that is. Authors Christopher Riley, David Woods and Philip Dolling even point out the Rover’s Science Fiction roots and even early ideas appearing in ‘Lost In Space’ and ‘Thunderball’. A lot of the […]

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Meteor strike in Russia wounds hundreds!

February 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Meteor strike in Russia wounds hundreds!

A meteor strike has just blasted Russia, wounding hundreds in the city of Chelyabinsk, and it is believed to be per-cursor debris to asteroid DA14 (you remember, the one that is meant to MISS Earth shortly, but by the very narrowest of margins). Videos are now flooding onto YouTube showing both the passing streaks in […]

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When rotating stars explode.

February 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
When rotating stars explode.

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. The remnant, called […]

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Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

February 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.  The fresh […]

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