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Want to build a real airship? NASA wants to hear from you!

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Want to build a real airship? NASA wants to hear from you!

Airships aren’t just steampunk vehicles from a Stephen Hunt novel, or blimps that hover above sporting events advertising all-weather tyres. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break […]

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Antarctica: A Year On Ice (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Antarctica: A Year On Ice (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

This is a film about human survival in an alien world, but it is not Science Fiction. It is a documentary about the 5000 or so real people who come to the coldest continent and particularly about the one in seven who stay through the black winter and what the experience does to them. It […]

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The Theory Of Everything (film review by Frank Ochieng)

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Theory Of Everything (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Filmmaker James Marsh’s ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is an examination of a flawed, brilliant man and his gifted mind for scientific intellectualism. Of course, the subject of Marsh’s intimate, smart and perceptive biopic is renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and the piercing look at his triumphant and turbulent times both professionally and personally. A great deal […]

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God And The Multiverse by Victor J. Stenger (book review).

October 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
God And The Multiverse by Victor J. Stenger (book review).

In many ways, Victor J. Stenger’s latest book, ‘God And The Multiverse’ covers elements of one of his previous books, ‘God And The Atom’, which he admits in his introduction. I do think perhaps that ‘God’ should be in plural because Stenger examines the evolution of cosmology across the world and how astronomers had to […]

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Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

October 17, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is, it boasts, working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach. While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has, they say, built on 60 years of […]

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Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Physical chemistry has always been something hard to define. Basically, it’s the physics associated with chemistry and how things work together than the other chemistry which deals with chemical reactions. Cathy Cobb’s book, ‘Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks’, explores the history of physical chemistry that should make sense to most of you. If you have any […]

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Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. Now, where’s […]

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How To Predict The Unpredictable by William Poundstone (book review).

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
How To Predict The Unpredictable by William Poundstone (book review).

When I first saw the title, ‘How To Predict The Unpredictable’, I knew that William Poundstone was looking at something that I was familiar with. Mostly because I tend to do random things instinctively and have to analyse my decision later. You might think you do things at random but over observations, people do particular […]

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Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

I should say from the start that anyone picking up ‘Mathematical Curiosities’ is that you must have a love of numbers and certainly an aptitude towards mathematics. If you don’t recognise that a dot not on the baseline of a sentence but the centre ‘ˑ’ is an alternative for the ‘x’ or multiplication sign or […]

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The mountains of Mars.

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The mountains of Mars.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA […]

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