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Black holes. Bloody millions of them!

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Black holes. Bloody millions of them!

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies. Images from the telescope have revealed millions of dusty black hole candidates across the universe and about 1,000 even dustier objects thought to be among the brightest galaxies ever found. […]

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The planets of Cygnus.

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The planets of Cygnus.

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. The system, known as a circumbinary planetary system, is 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Coming less than a year after the announcement of the first circumbinary planet, Kepler-16b, this discovery proves that more than one planet can […]

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It’s Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller.

August 27, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
It’s Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller.

Contrary to the title, ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’, Ben Miller’s book covers a lot of rocket science, especially in the final chapter. Then again, all the sciences are involved in rocket science. In many respects, this book is using Miller’s way of talking and metaphor to explain the basics of science in a more down-to-earth […]

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What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo

August 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo

I know I frequently go on about learning more about a book from its sub-title than its main title, but ‘What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite’ makes it clear from the start what its author David DiSalvo is on about. Whether it’s true or not is going to depend […]

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The sleeping of the dream.

August 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
The sleeping of the dream.

You’d have to be on Mars not to have heard that astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, has sadly passed away aged 82 following a spate of heart illness. As much as his death, we mourn the sleeping of the dream of the manned exploration of space. […]

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New tech in the air. Real and…?

August 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
New tech in the air. Real and…?

There are a couple of photos floating around the interweb of some interesting new airborne tech. The first, which is definitely real (unless NASA have started doing spoofs) is the X-48C concept craft based around a single delta-shaped fuselage. The second, of which there is less certainty, is the supposed Silent Hawk stealth copter used […]

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Any landing you can roll away from…

August 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
Any landing you can roll away from…

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back a picture of the landed rover on Mars along with all the assorted debris (and no, we’re not cleaning that up). The Curiosity rover is in the centre of the image, while 4,900 feet away, lies the heat shield, which protected the rover from 3,800-degree-Fahrenheit temperatures encountered during […]

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Happy landings.

August 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
Happy landings.

Our chums at NASA certainly know how to wow us. Not only have they landed the Curiosity rover on Mars without a hitch, they actually took a photo of it on its chute on the way down! The orbiter had a Mars-cam? Now that’s class. Or to put it in a less excited fan-type way, […]

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Mars, baby! It’s the freakiest show.

August 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
Mars, baby! It’s the freakiest show.

Apologies to David Bowie, but now that NASA has successfully landed Curiosity on the Red Planet, the question we’re asking here is, is there life on Mars? Yes, we’re cracking the champers open at Casa Crowsnest. What an achievement! The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in the most complex touch-down ever attempted […]

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Makey the makies.

August 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Makey the makies.

Here’s a novel concept, and one that is trail-blazing the way for a slew of such future offerings – a new toy called Makies. Now, if you’re over 30 and in the family way, you no doubt have already been subjected to the pester power of such brands as Build-a-Bear, where you customize a cuddly […]

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