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Adapting to Mars

The subject of Mars is a popular one. Not only in science fiction but, of course, in real life, too. Curiosity’s presence on the red planet at the moment – you can look at interactive panoramas of Mars! – has been generating a great deal of international media interest, and there has been talk of trying to get real actual human beans out there by the 2030s, if not before. There are, of course, a […]

nerd nite Wellington 10, featuring Mars, quantum mechanics and Mad Makers

This month’s edition of nerd nite Wellington looks to be a cracker. Or, possibly, a corker.     To celebrate the 10th edition,we’ve got people talking about making mad gadgets (and noises with them), KiwiMars and quantum mechanics. April 23rd, from 6pm. And two of them are Scibloggers!  Elf Eldridge and Roger Hanson, to be precise. More details soon – keep an eye on this blog, or the nerd nite twitter stream, Facebook page (And […]

TOSP Episode 5: October 10th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week’s podcast is, as usual, filled with interesting things.  Particularly Nobel-related things! We (aimee and Elf) talk about science prizes, figures, finding life on Mars, transhumanism, the beginning of infinity, nanotechnology (what is it?), statistics, space skiing, forensic science, nature vs nurture the Nobels, the Ig nobels and World Space Week. PODCAST HERE. The pearltree (remember, they’re Flash-based!) for this week’s episode is here.  […]

Stunning visions of Mars

Humanity is now the proud owner of some 13,000 photos of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Monitoring Seasonal Albedo Patterns on South Polar Residual Cap (ESP_014405_0945) Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The photos were taken by the most powerful camera of any on NASA’s spacecraft – the aptly (if dryly) named High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE).  The HiRISE site not only lets you amble through the collection, but also offers wallpapers (for the […]