France’s anti-piracy goon squad pirates the font in its logo Boing Boing Hapodi, the French agency that’s in charge of the country’s new anti-piracy scheme (if someone you live with is accused of three acts of infringement, your whole household is taken offline and added to a list of address to which it is illegal…… Continue reading Links for January 13th
British plan to tackle asteroids A team of British scientists are developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from destroying the Earth. The 10 tonne “gravity tractor” would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed…… Continue reading Links for September 1st
I was born about six weeks before the first lunar landing. Yes, that was nearly 40 years ago. 40 years!
Despite my birth happening around probably the most exciting event in the history of science I didn’t really start getting into astronomy until fairly recently. I’ve been reading the odd blog post by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer, as it were) and since I started reading his posts I’ve been getting more and more into cosmos-related science stuff.
Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution Canada’s science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won’t say if he believes in evolution. “I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary…… Continue reading Links for March 17th
Technology designed to ‘attack’ us | Platform – Open University – In a talk at The Open University on Thursday 26 February, Canadian activist, blogger and science fiction author Cory Doctorow stated that technology needs to stop enslaving us and instead start working for us. In his talk, which was hosted by the Centre for…… Continue reading Bookmarks for March 2nd through March 4th
Novelist Pratchett becomes a Sir – Author Terry Pratchett has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to literature. Sir Terry, 60, was named in the New Year Honours list. Wonder twins telescope sees star’s dying gasps – 500 light years away, the star T Leporis is dying. It used to be…… Continue reading Links for February 18th
NABBC National Convention – A bright but cold morning recently greeted the delegates for the 2009 National Convention of the National Association of Brass Band conductors (NABBC) at their convention venue in Lincoln. Our band performed at this event. We were delighted to be conducted by the legendary Major Peter Parkes Don’t be bitter as…… Continue reading Bookmarks for February 15th through February 16th