Monthly Archives: October 2012

Great danger for the Great Barrier Reef “The Great Barrier Reef is, in effect, the Amazon Basin of the Ocean. It’s a huge and bustling hub of biodiversity, rich with all manner of aquatic plant and animal species. Like a … Continue reading

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Breaking Plates What do Australia and India have in common? The answer is that they both share one of Earth’s tectonic plates – the drifting eggshell-like pieces of Earth’s crust, on which all of our planet’s continents sit. However, the … Continue reading

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Payload: In the gutter, looking at the stars

For every glossy and well polished science fiction vignette of a clean and glorious future, there’s another writer out there who likes their fiction black with no sugar. That’s exactly the kind of rough cut and gritty world that film … Continue reading

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Incorrect facts are now illegal

So, you know how seismologists are entirely capable of accurately predicting earthquakes, right? No? Well, there’s a good reason for that – they can’t. Human technology is simply not capable of warning us when or where an earthquake might strike. … Continue reading

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Full of hot air!

One of my favourite things to do from time to time on this blog is to answer peoples’ random silly science questions with… well… random silly science. And a friend of mine asked me a brilliant question the other day. … Continue reading

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Centauri Dreams!

There is a planet in the Alpha Centauri system.  An Earth-sized planet★. In the Alpha Centauri system. I don’t know about anyone else, but to me this is huge huge news! As many a space enthusiast will tell you, the … Continue reading

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Oooo shiny! Wait…

The internet is all abuzz with talk of the strange shiny object that Curiosity’s found on Mars. Yep, 183.7 million miles away at the time I write this, and it’s still as easily distracted by a shiny object as I … Continue reading

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Now leaving the Solar System…?

There was an interesting tweet from the UK Space Agency yesterday… I have to agree. While it’s difficult to say exactly where the boundary of the solar system lies, it’s certainly true that the cosmic rays which Voyager’s reading seem … Continue reading

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Adopt an observatory: Abandoned world class 4m infrared telescope in need of a loving owner

Poor UKIRT. You may remember me writing a few months ago about the regrettble decision by the UK government to pull the plug on the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope (UKIRT) and shut down all operations by September 2013. This was after … Continue reading

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