Archive for Science

Is This the Beginning of Warp Drive?

This recently-released article gives us a tantalizing look at alternate technologies for rocket engines, even though this engine may violate the laws of physics. This entry from the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction details faster than light (FTL) representations in literature. More mundane musings on this proposed process can be found in: National Geographic, Forbes, and Space.com.

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Podcasts from “Science”

A weekly offering from Science, these podcasts can last up to half an hour and usually concentrate on three separate stories. Of  late, the program descriptions provide links to Science stories/articles on the topics at hand. A nice way to keep abreast of current research.

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“Nature” Special Online Supplements

The scientific journal Nature makes freely available special issues on selected topics. Of late, these supplements are coming out at least on a monthly basis and touch upon an eclectic array of subjects and disciplines. The latest one as of this writing covers Science in China; an earlier issue dealt gravitational waves. Of particular interest is the “year in review” issues. The 2015: The Year in Science includes, among other entries, vignettes of ten people who mattered in science in 2015, science events of the year, best images of the year, best science books, and a selection of the best and most popular longer reads from this prestigious journal. Well worth the visit.

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Hundreds of Science Podcasts Available

From Cambridge University, the Naked Scientists podcasts cover a remarkably diverse array of topics from gravitational waves to sonic booms. There are over one thousand talks available at this site, averaging around 21-23 minutes apiece for regular episodes. Special topical reports are normally shorter in duration; many other features add to the utility of this site.

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The American Museum of Natural History Digital Collections

This great institution has been a favorite of ours for years. Their exhibitions, the Hayden Planetarium, the library, and its various research departments are all of stellar quality; it is one the best natural history centers in the world. And the Museum further endears itself by its digital presence. You can access Science Topics, collections of relevant materials centered on certain topics such as climate change or volcanoes. And its AMNH Library Digital Repository contains such gems as its annual reports (1870- look who served on the Board of Trustees in the early years!), Anthropological Papers (1907 – includes some of the major ethnographic work of the 20th century), Bulletin (1881 – longer works of natural history), Memoirs (1893-1930, consisting of major monographic works), and Novitates (1921 – shorter papers in natural history). If you enjoy wandering the many halls of this museum, you’ll also enjoy meandering through these various publications and presentations.

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Outline of NASA’s Mars Strategies Released

Entitled NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration, this 36-page document outlines both the challenges and solutions to a manned mission to the Red Planet. As it states: “There are challenges to pioneering Mars, but we know they are solvable. We are developing the capabilities necessary to get there, land there, and live there.”(2) It is worth the read.

For those interested in the depiction of Mars through the years in science fiction, please come here.

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NASA News Conference – Evidence of Recent Flowing Water on Mars

Here is a link to the live news conference; an abstract of the article detailing the findings is at Nature Geoscience, while another version is found at the EPSC Abstracts. Reportage at The New York Times; The Guardian (with an interactive feature); and NPR.

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