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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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The planets of Alpha Centauri!

October 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
The planets of Alpha Centauri!

John Grunsfeld at NASA had this to say to SFcrowsnest about the discovery of an exo-planet around Alpha Centauri, our nearest solar system. We congratulate the European Southern Observatory team for making this exciting new exoplanet discovery. For astronomers, the search for exoplanets helps us understand our place in the universe and determine whether Earth […]

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X-ray nova!

October 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
X-ray nova!

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the […]

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The universe… big and getting bigger!

October 3, 2012 | By | Reply More
The universe… big and getting bigger!

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching apart. The Hubble constant is named after the astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who astonished the world in the 1920s by confirming our universe has been expanding since it exploded […]

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The ancient streams of Mars.

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ancient streams of Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the […]

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