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Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

Sometimes with non-fiction, I find it easier to start a book not knowing what I am going to discover or when it becomes pertinent. A lot of this is selecting by name and cover far more than content hype as, after all, this is what you might be selecting books by as well. It gives […]

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Unbelievable Science Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind by Colin Barris (book review).

December 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unbelievable Science Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind by Colin Barris (book review).

With a title like ‘Unbelievable Science Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind’, author Colin Barris has a lot to live up to. His bio reveals he has degrees in geology, palaeobiology and science communication plus a PhD in palaeontology so he has the necessary grounding. Oddly, of the eight subject titles, only one appears to […]

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A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

A.I. may not be driving your car around yet, but it is discovering new exoplanets! Our solar system is now tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s […]

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The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

A common problem with Science Fiction is that it doesn’t hold up well to scientific scrutiny. Things that make sense superficially, such as faster-than-light travel, don’t really make any sense when thought about scientifically. It’s not that we just don’t how to make spacecraft travel faster than light, it’s more that physics as we understand […]

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Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review)

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon  (book review)

The story of Michael Faraday is really a literal rags to riches story as he worked his way into the scientific community by endearing himself to Humphrey Davy with his meticulous handwriting and noting experiments at the latter’s public displays. Faraday was also a keen experimenter himself although not originally on such a vast scale […]

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Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review)

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker  (book review)

Being in my early teens in 1970 and the school swot on the space program, I was aware of the problems with the Apollo 13 expedition to the Moon and the problems they had. Hence when a film drama was made on the subject in 1995, I paid less attention other than a few clips […]

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And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

Want a nice cheery book for this time of year? I doubt if the thrill-seekers or even the unfortunate who contemplate taking their own lives will find this book of use. Many of the situations are a tad extreme to get into and might actually put them off. What Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty’s book […]

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The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

There is one major observation you get when you look at the pictures in Nirmala Nataraj’s book ‘The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA’, you are looking at alien worlds and they belong to our Solar System. So close and photographs are the only way to really see them. If that alone doesn’t convince […]

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Blockbuster Science: The Real Science In Science Fiction by David Siegel Bernstein (book review).

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Blockbuster Science: The Real Science In Science Fiction by David Siegel Bernstein (book review).

I doubt if anyone today has read all the SF stories that are currently out there. We might have specialisation and know all of them in a particular sub-section but even that depends on the number of years to read. I know more about SF from the ‘Golden Age’ but back in the 1960s-80s, it […]

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Killer robot subs with nukes get real.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Killer robot subs with nukes get real.

Lockheed Martin is to develop the U.S. Navy’s new programme of robot submarine, with Orca, the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). This long-range full-sized autonomous submarine will perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay which will field cruise missiles as well as other nuclear-tipped missiles. Key attributes of […]

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