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On Sept. 22, 2006,the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launched a sun-observing satellite called Hinode, or Solar-B. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!...
Snoopy, a famous beagle from the comic strip "Peanuts," recently showed up at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, donning a bright-orange spacesuit. What did he want? A ticket to Mars!...
In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why....
Three trailblazing scientists and engineers spoke on a panel about being women working at NASA during the Apollo program....
In a blind date, couples whose heart rates become synchronised are more likely to be attracted to each other – but physical body language makes no difference...
Amid reports that the Russians will keep the cause of an air leak at the International Space Station secret, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has promised to speak personally with the head of Roscosmos....
Disney's new land "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" is an incredible, immersive park experience....
Marvel Comics reveals its December 2019 Annihilation: Scourge solicitations....
The threat of a no-deal Brexit is causing staff at several universities in the UK to stockpile scientific equipment, including protective gloves and fly food...
Australia is facing possibly its worst ever shortage of medical isotopes. These are used in diagnostics, meaning 10,000 people or more may miss out on vital diagnostic scans...
Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week....
These are the top space stories this week from Space.com....
If you're skeptical that NASA can land astronauts on the moon five years from now, you're not alone....
Hopes for a genital herpes vaccine have been raised by a trial treatment that stops genital lesions and low-lying infections in guinea pigs and mice...
Sacklers seek "the benefit of bankruptcy without the burdens of bankruptcy."...
The slag heaps of an ancient kingdom show how upheaval fueled technological progress....
We thought that walking on all fours like a gorilla is more primitive than walking on two legs as humans do. But new fossils suggest even very ancient apes walked upright...
Turkey is to become the first nation to use drones able to find, track and kill people without human intervention, when it deploys them in Syria in a few months...
Hundreds of thousands of adults and children from Sydney to London have taken to the streets today as part of a global strike against governments’ inaction on climate change...
When a star engulfs a planet it can end up spinning so fast that it rips apart. The resulting debris could help us learn about exoplanets that were consumed...
"We don't want to rely on just one system."...
Vaping in 12th graders doubles from 2017 in line with rise of Juul....
A drone equipped with a nail gun can autonomously hover over a roof and fix tiles in place. Tests showed it was highly precise and held steady while firing...
Results of a UK government auction on Friday show windfarms will be built in 2025 for as little as £39.65 per megawatt hour, a drop of almost a third since 2017...
First results from the KATRIN experiment are based on just 28 days of data....
The cooling effect of aerosols from burning fossil fuels is already much smaller....
It could be possible to ID at-risk children based on a single teacher's assessment....
"I am concerned that the decisions are not being driven by what is most efficient."...
It shares some features with quantum annealers, but it's easier to build and operate....
Ethnobotanist argues the plant is a better fit than hallucinogenic mushrooms....

45th Saturn Awards - Star Trek Winners

Sep16
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
USS DISCOVERY  NCC 1031 Hollywoods filmmakers have cast their votes for The 45th Saturn Awards. So the academy elite membership of head honchos - J J Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A Altman, Vince Gillgan and James Cameron have spoken.Indeed some say Star Trek finally won awards because so much is right about it. Finally Gene Roddenberry's legacy is being recognized - real acting awards for real actors, not just achievements in sound, special effects, costume, editing, hairstyling, makeup and music. Its true, these are still cool categories and Star Trek has deserved to win them.However over the weekend all thats changed. Forget about the crumbs off the table. Duh what? cos' like Star Trek is boldly succeeding where no TV series has gone before...... Heres are the 2019 Saturn Winners for Star Trek Discovery TV show, warping through space with our heroes battling chaos in the galaxy.A... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/oViPB81k4-A/45th-saturn-awards-star-trek-winners.html...

Away For a Week

Sep15
John Scalzi
Why? One, to get work done on the book. Two, because I feel like it. I’m also going to take a week off Twitter, too. Aaaaand probably won’t read news or otherwise see what the outside world is up to during that time either. I figure the planet can get along without me for seven […]...
It’s Friday the 13th, and here’s a very lucky collection of new books and ARCs that have arrived at the Scalzi Compound. What here would you feel lucky to have? Share in the comments!...

21 Years

Sep13
John Scalzi
Oh, hey! Whatever is now old enough to go drinking. It probably won’t go drinking, because I don’t drink, and also the blog is not an actual person, but I admit it’s amusing to think of my blog suddenly ditching me to go out on a bender, then coming back and drunkenly slurring out what […]...
So, I’m waaaaaaay behind on The Last Emperox (it’s my own damn fault), and as a result I’m now clacking away furiously and also, as it happens, very happily employing my nanny software during the day until I get my writing quota done. What this means is that when I sign back on to Twitter […]...
I’ve been aware of the “Many Worlds” interpretation of physics for some time — longtime readers of mine know it’s intimately connected with space travel in my “Old Man’s War” series of novels. But in the real world, how does it connect to the actual physics we know and (profess to) understand? Actual physicist Sean […]...
And it looks like it’s going to be a merry Christmas for my little book, as it’s gotten positive reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus. And what do they say? From Publishers Weekly: “Scalzi (The Consuming Fire) unleashes his wicked wit in this stocking stuffer miscellany of mostly goofs and jibes directed at the […]...

STAR TREK PICARD / DISCOVERY COMIC CON

Sep09
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Star Trek is boldly going to the Big Apple, New York Picard/Discovery style for Comic Con on thursday, October 3 to 6th - the third time now. So who's coming to the party my trekker friends?PATRICK STEWART AKA PICARD OF USS ENTERPRISENCC 1701Currently-filming castmates Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Culber), and newcomer David Ajala (Booker) are recording the ongoing adventures of the USS Discovery NCC 1031 — crew now hard at work producing the third season of Star Trek: Discovery — It seems like these guys are trying to make the Discovery appear like traditional Star Trek again with Captain Pike back calling the shots.JOHNATHAN FRAKES AKA RIKER - STAR TREK TNGThe big draw for fans will certainly be the cast of the next big Trek adventure, Star Trek Picard - starring Patrick Stewart (Picard), freshmen Alison Pill (Agnes Jurati), Isa ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/gpCQX5j7rTw/star-trek-picard-discovery-comic-con.html...
The post Derren Brown on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon appeared first on Derren Brown....
The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas has announced that it’s changing the name of its annual conference from the Campbell Conference (named after Analog editor John W. Campbell) to the Gunn Center Conference. In the same announcement, it notes that it is discussing alternative names for its […]...
This month’s open thread for climate science topics. A new two-part community assessment of tropical storms and climate change is online at BAMS: Knutson et al. ; . And for those interested in Arctic Sea Ice, there is always the NSIDC....
The Rover Sport is a midsized SUV that's a bit smaller than the Discovery and a little larger than the Evoque. In its SVR format, it's also a muscle car inside in a luxury SUV package. This means you are couched in posh surroundings as you scream "OMG" laying rubber down the pavement... Continue Reading Review: 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR is 575 horsepower worth of luxurious OMG Category: Automotive Tags: Muscle Cars Range Rover Reviews SUV ...
If you would have guessed a few years ago which major German automaker would be first out of the gate to develop a ground-up electric passenger van, the obvious answer would have been Volkswagen. But Mercedes-Benz snuck in earlier this year with the Concept EQV and promised to ready it before year-end. The production EQV debuted this week makes good on that promise, offering zero emissions driving for up to 250 miles (405 km) per charge. It'll be available in two different wheelbase lengths with up to eight seats... Continue Reading Mercedes amplifies the electric van market with 250-mile, eight-seat EQV Category: Automotive Tags: Electric Vehicles Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Van Volkswagen ...
Last year, Chinese startup Youcan Robot successfully crowdfunded its BW Space underwater drone. Now the company is back, with the upgraded BW Space Pro model. Among other things, it features a 6X optical zoom lens... Continue Reading New-and-improved underwater drone has a zoom-lens camera Category: Drones Tags: Underwater drones ...
Though crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been used by startups and small businesses to bring their ideas to life, established companies have also been using these platforms more and more. The latest to do so is Philips, which has listed its PicoPix Max compact projector on Indiegogo... Continue Reading Philips turns to the crowd for compact projector launch Category: Home Entertainment Tags: Indiegogo Philips Pico projector Projectors ...
Following severe flooding in 1960s Hamburg, Germany, that killed over 300 people, the city upgraded its flood defenses. However, recent simulations revealed that even higher flood barriers were required to protect against extreme high tides and storm surges. An architecture competition was launched to redevelop the site and high-profile firm Zaha Hadid Architects got the nod. .. Continue Reading Zaha Hadid Architects adds signature style to German flood defenses Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction Flooding Hamburg Zaha Hadid ...
In the pure white snow of Antarctica, scientists have found rare isotopes that don't occur naturally on Earth. The isotope, known as iron-60, is usually forged in the crucible of supernova explosions, and the researchers believe it fell to Earth as our solar system passed through an interstellar gas cloud... Continue Reading Interstellar isotopes found in Antarctica were forged from supernovae Category: Space Tags: Antarctic Metals Snow Supernova Technical University Munich ...

CAPTAIN PICARD TV SERIES

Aug21
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
So analysis has begun with Star Trek Picard's trailer... after a 17 year TNG hiatus some of trek's icons have returned. Here we can see actors and crew who have changed the face of sci-fi and Star Trek. Isn't it neat seeing Picard, Seven and Data again?.... only Data looks different. Cos like remember B4? He sure was one unusual situation.... Well, guess what? Brent Spiner said at Comic Con, that he's only in occasional episodes as B4. Fans are giving positive feedback generally pleased with the Star Trek Picard trailer with arms opened wide but questions remain. Where's Worf? We also see a Borg cube with missing sections but curiously Borg regeneration chambers are visible.Damn, how can Jeri Ryan still be so hot???? 20 years later??? nanaprobes right? Shes like 51 but lets get serious when you see a woman all wrapped up like Seven, she definitely makes an impression.The main characters in the show are the young men and women. Pi... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/7Lm84V705r4/captain-picard-tv-series.html...
Often imitated but rarely matched, butter is one ingredient that it's important to get right. People are picky about the consistency and creaminess of their butter, and healthier alternatives have trouble getting that right. Now, food scientists from Cornell University have crafted a brand new spread they say mimics butter with only about a quarter of the calories and fat... Continue Reading Food scientists cook up low-fat better butter made of mostly water Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Chemistry Cornell University Food Food technology Health ...
New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown nicotine-free e-cigarette vapor can have an immediate harmful effect on the body's vascular function. The study was published as the CDC begins investigating an increasing number of hospitalizations across the country being linked to e-cigarette use... Continue Reading More vaping-linked hospitalizations as study finds nicotine-free e-cigs can damage blood vessels Category: Medical Tags: blood vessel CDC E-cigarettes University of Pennsylvania Vaping ...
The universe is generally believed to be expanding at an accelerating rate, thanks to a mysterious force dubbed dark energy. But how exactly does this force work? Researchers in the UK have conducted an experiment to test a hypothesis that this fifth fundamental force works on single atoms – and found no trace of it... Continue Reading Atomic experiment to detect dark energy fails to feel the force Category: Physics Tags: Atoms Cosmology Dark Energy Imperial College Physics Universe University of Nottingham ...
Lovinflame, a decorative fireplace company specializing in clean-burning flames, has introduced a portable and versatile grilling machine it says can make for a healthier, tastier mealtime. Its new OvenPlus cooker promises a smoke-free outdoor dining experience, and with a relatively compact form, can be packed up and carted around for grilling on the go... Continue Reading Portable OvenPlus cooker takes a topdown approach for smoke-free grilling Category: Outdoors Tags: BBQ Cooking Grilling Oven ...
Glaciers in West Antarctica have thinned and accelerated in the last few decades.  A new paper provides some of the first evidence that this is due to human activities. by Eric Steig It’s been some time since I wrote anything for RealClimate. In the interim there’s been a lot of important new work in the area […]...
This is a summary of some of the key details that underpin the discussion of anthropogenic vs. natural forcing in driving glacier change in West Antarctica. This is useful background for the paper by Holland et al. (2019), discussed in another post (here). We’ve known for some time that Pine Island Glacier (PIG) and Thwaites Glacier, […]...

Just the facts?

Aug09
Real Climate
In the wake of the appalling mass shootings last weekend, Neil DeGrasse Tyson (the pre-eminent scientist/communicator in the US) tweeted some facts that were, let’s just say, not well received (and for which he kind of apologised). At least one of the facts he tweeted about was incorrect (deaths by medical errors are far smaller). […]...
Thread for discussions of the new special report. [Boosting a comment from alan2102]. Climate Change and Land An IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems Land degradation accelerates global climate change. Al Jazeera EnglishPublished on Aug 8, 2019 New UN report […]...
Everyone is talking about emissions budgets – what are they and what do they mean for your country? Our CO2 emissions are causing global heating. If we want to stop global warming at a given temperature level, we can emit only a limited amount of CO2. That’s our emissions budget. I explained it here at […]...