There is a plan to establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023 … yes that soon.

Some folks claim they have a plan to establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. Apparently the idea is that they will build things first so that a habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land, and that the settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars … Read more

Lego In Space

Oh come on now, I just had to blog about it, its cute and while not 100% unique (other kids have done similar stuff), it is still a first for Lego. In fact, it must be a wet dream for their advertising department, you cannot buy publicity like this. Least you missed it, the news … Read more

Science and Technology in 2011 – a list of links to summaries …

Yep, another list of lists; it is a quick lookback at 2011 from a wide assortment of various different sources, but with a very specific technology focus. 2011 Innovation Awards winners, The Economist 365 days: 2011 in review, Nature News 2011 review: The year in environment, New Scientist 2011 review: The year in space, New Scientist 2011 review: The … Read more

The space shuttle programme has been a multi-billion-dollar failure – Lawrence M. Krauss

The famous theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, writes in the UK Guardian today that space shuttles have been a colossal waste of American resources, time and creative energy. When I  listened to him debate last week at TAM with Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, he took the same line … and you know what … I tend to agree with him, I believe he is right.

Now please do not misunderstand me here, this stance does not in any way short change the courage and drive displayed by those brave individuals who have climbed on board and gone up. In fact when you consider the fact that these complex machines are constructed by assembling 2.5 million parts, each of which has been outsourced to the cheapest government contractor, then you would be utterly insane not to be highly nervous, and so yes, I applaud their courage.

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The origin of Life

Whenever engaged in a debate with believers a common question that often arises is, “How do you explain life, what started it all?”

OK then, lets step back see where we are today. To start off, here is an interesting article on the origin of life on The Daily Galaxy here …

It’s paradoxical that as our leading microbiologists look to create the building blocks of life in Earth-bound labs, our Universe is alive with the building blocks for DNA and RNA. The giant gas nebula in outer space are rife with sugars that form ribose –the backbone of RNA. There’s no rational reason why the system of DNA and RNA that shaped life on Earth should be limited to our remote biosphere.

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