Teaching Angela to appreciate history
July 20th (of this year) saw the end of the Space Shuttle program. It was also the anniversary of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon. (And when we say the Space Shuttle program came to an end on the 20th, we actually mean the 21st. Yeah, a slight factual error).
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NASA has decided where to send the Mars Science Lab (aka Curiosity): it will land in the Gale crater, and then climb the 5.5km mountain in its center. (“MSL: Mars Action Hero” – the video to which we refer is embedded in this link).
As every role-playing fan well knows, heavy armor is +5 to defence, but -5 to mobility (or something similar). Now scientists have empirically determined just how big an impact wearing plate mail has on mobility.
Surepure is a company that sells a system that uses UVC to replace the pasteurization method. They claim to have gotten “FDA approval” – but it’s not entirely clear what this means, or whether it’s even true. Interestingly grey case.
“Evolution is more than a theory. It is a fundamental scientific principle.” – Dr Phlox, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dear Doctor.
SpeaktoaScientist – Thursday, 28 July, 18:30. Sci Bono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba St, Newtown, Johannesburg. Speaker: Cedric Abrahams of Science Fiction and Fantasy South Africa, Topic: “Science in Science Fiction”
Sceptics in the Pub Joburg – Wednesday 3 August, 18:30. Keg & Spitfire, Beyers Naude Drive, Blackheath (next to McDonalds).