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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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A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos by Mark Thompson (book review).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos by Mark Thompson	(book review).

Mark Thompson’s book ‘A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos’ is a practical guide to astronomy. Hardly surprising as this is what he does on TV. What comes out of this book is also a measure of science and history, so you get far more than just looking up in the skies. Interspersed between […]

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Our Future World by Curt Stager (book review).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Our Future World by Curt Stager (book review).

‘Our Future Earth’ will make more sense from its sub-title ‘How The Planet Will Change In the Next 100,000 Years’. Considering how in Science Fiction we deal with such time periods as standard, I suspect outsiders think this is beyond their time frame to worry about. Author Curt Stager is a paleoecologist. That is, he […]

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A Matter Of Porridge: a matter of taste by: GF Willmetts (article).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Matter Of Porridge: a matter of taste by: GF Willmetts (article).

The housebreaker and thief colloquially called by her alias Goldilocks, because of her straw blonde hair, started it all. After breaking and entering the Bear family house, while they were out building up a pre-breakfast appetite, helped herself to their porridge. Therein lies the problem. Goldilocks found Father Bear’s porridge too hot. Mother Bear’s porridge […]

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