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Time travelers… there anybody out there?

Posted May 9, 2014 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Astrophysicists Robert Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson have undertaken what they consider to be the most sensitive and comprehensive search yet for time travelers from the future. The negative results they reported indicate that time travelers from the future may not amongst us. Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century.  […]

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How curiosity became transformed

Posted March 2, 2014 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Curiosity; seen as a hazard to society in the classical world, early Christianity condemned it as a sin, and now, in the modern world, it is seen as an essential part of human nature. Somewhere between the late 1500s and 1700s attitudes in Europe changed. The change, according to Phillip Ball in Curiosity, was gradual […]

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Black holes and revelations: Stephen Hawking memoir

Posted February 25, 2014 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Stephen Hawking: My brief history Stephen Hawking’s memoir is a brief amble through his life from early childhood to date. Hawking’s memoir does cut through some of the hype that could surround someone who is “possibly the best-known scientist in the world.” At the same time he presents many of his remembrances with a quaint […]

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Long distance weather reports are now a commonality. The report for 2MASSJ22282889-431026 is somewhat unusual. It forecasts wind-driven, planet-sized clouds, with the light varying in time, brightening and dimming about every 90 minutes. The clouds on 2MASSJ22282889-431026 are composed of hot grains of sand, liquid drops of iron, and other exotic compounds. Definitely not the first […]

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NASA discovers a new radiation belt around Earth

Posted March 2, 2013 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne NASA revealed Friday morning (AEST) that its Van Allen Probes have discovered a third, previously unknown, radiation belt around Earth. The belt appears to be transient, depending strongly on solar activity. The Probes mission is part of NASA’s Living With a Star geospace program to explore the fundamental processes […]

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Does my science look big in this? This week in science

Posted February 28, 2013 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Being responsible for picking the week’s most interesting science stories is a fun and fascinating challenge. It pushes to me to look beyond my own interests and explore what others find compelling. So I trust you find my ‘science making news’ selection of interest and delight; explore the quantum, human, off-world and mathematical highs of […]

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