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Planetary disruption beyond imagination at Fomalhaut.

January 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Planetary disruption beyond imagination at Fomalhaut.

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14 […]

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

One thing I’m not particularly good at is complex puzzles. That doesn’t mean that I can’t do standard crosswords, although I stop at the point where I don’t know the answers than look them up, or even Sudoku, although I won’t do massive erasures and start again if I get lost. I calculated the odds […]

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

The ‘Wonderful Life With The Elements’ is a clever book with a sophisticated premise. Each of the 103 elements described is characterised as a cartoon person with features such as hair styles and clothing used to denote physical and chemical properties. Supplemental cartoons illustrate other aspects of the element’s nature such as its usefulness to […]

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Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation by Loren Collins (book review).

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Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation by Loren Collins (book review).

Author Loren Collins hails from Atlanta, Georgia and as he admits in the introduction to this book, ‘Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation’, he was living under a delusion as to the reasons for the American Civil War until he did his own investigations and found it was all to do with stopping […]

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Owners’ Workshop Manual by Steve Davies and Paul Crickmore (book review).

December 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Owners’ Workshop Manual by Steve Davies and Paul Crickmore (book review).

If there’s one aircraft that has always been a favourite amongst SF fans, it is the SR-71 Blackbird. A larger version modified to carry passengers became the vehicle of choice for the New X-Men when artist Dave Cockrum who liked the stealth plane on his first tenure on the revised comicbook in 1976 which carried […]

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Second That Emotion by Jeremy D. Holden (book review).

December 18, 2012 | By | Reply More
Second That Emotion by Jeremy D. Holden (book review).

I should point out from the start that this book, despite its title, ‘Second That Emotion’, has less to do with the content than its sub-title ‘How Decisions, Trends & Movements Are Shaped’. However, its author, Jeremy D. Holden, points out in the introduction, there was a need to have a catchy title, although whether […]

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The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters by Mark Henderson (book review).

December 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters by Mark Henderson (book review).

With our move at SFC to looking more geeky than we already were, spotting a book called ‘The Geek Manifesto’ made me determined to take a look and the nice people at Bantam Press were happy to supply a book that was released earlier in 2012. As the sub-title ‘Why Science Matters’ places it ever […]

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Sir Patrick Moore, 1923–2012 (obituary).

December 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sir Patrick Moore, 1923–2012 (obituary).

an obituary by David A. Hardy   A supergiant that has shone brightly in the sky at night for so many years has finally been extinguished, leaving a vacuum which will be very difficult to fill. On 9th December 2012, Sir Patrick Moore (Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore) died peacefully at his home in Selsey, Sussex, after […]

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DARPA build air-robot based on Star Wars droid.

December 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
DARPA build air-robot based on Star Wars droid.

Here’s a nice video of the US defence tech organisation DARPA playing with their hovering V-bat robot – a droid that they clearly based on the Star Wars Imperial Spy Probe Droid. And here’s how it might look in the future…

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From the Earth to the Moon, as long as you’re a billionaire.

December 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
From the Earth to the Moon, as long as you’re a billionaire.

The private space tourism business just racked up a notch, with the announcement that the Golden Spike Company will be transporting various uber-rich types to the moon for spot of quality me-time. Of course, if you have a billion in spare change and you want to make a difference to humanity’s future in space, might […]

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