Told You So

Three years ago I photographed a UFO, not once, but a dozen times over a period of one and a half hours. It was in May 2014. It was later dismissed by two friends, one a professional photographer and the other, an academic physicist and they both had plausible explanations albeit a little too technical…Read more Told You So

The Guardian plays catch up

The Guardian Why the internet of things is the new magic ingredient for cyber criminals John Naughton Brian Krebs is one of the unsung heroes of tech journalism. He’s a former reporter for the Washington Post who decided to focus on cybercrime after his home network was hijacked by Chinese hackers in 2001. Since then,…Read more The Guardian plays catch up

Elon Musk scales up his ambitions, considering going “well beyond” Mars

Elon Musk talks a great game. I like the cut of his jib, private enterprise colonising space? I thought it was science fiction but it's quickly becoming reality. Musk may soon detail the architecture he hopes will colonize the solar system. Eric Berger - 9/18/2016, 10:45 PM Enlarge / Elon Musk at the Allen &…Read more Elon Musk scales up his ambitions, considering going “well beyond” Mars

The genetic computer

You wouldn’t know your Google from the Giggles.
I find this post fascinating since I’ve been dabbling with science fiction recently and have tried to think of a way for human beings to access computer information without having to use a keyboard.

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We live in a highly computerized society (the concept of the Internet of Things) where not only are there a lot of electronic devices abound, you probably have a computer on your person right now. Think of how many people in the world have a smartphone (surprisingly, I don’t – I’m just cheap). According to Experts Exchange, the guidance systems used in the Apollo missions have only twice the computing capability of the old Nintendo Entertainment System (or Famicom for you video game hipsters out there). That’s right – with half of the RAM that NASA used to guide Apollo 11 to the moon, I’ve been using it to save the Kingdom of Hyrule.

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Source: Experts Exchange, http://pages.experts-exchange.com/processing-power-compared/

My old Sega Genesis (CPU Speed: 7.6 MHz, RAM: 72 KB) would have blown away the Apollo guidance systems. No contest.

All this computerization requires a lot of resources, especially silicon…

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Starman Science

Writing a science fiction story... involves imagining something you cannot possibly experience but facilitating the reader's ability to suspend their belief and take the journey with you. Science fiction is a genre I have read but not on a scale that could put me in a room for a discussion with a devoted Trekkie, for…Read more Starman Science

Starman: Life on TrappistOne: The Origins

Trappist-1 is the name of an ultra-cool dwarf star, near the sun and discovered recently by astronomers working in a giant telescope in Chile. Three planets orbit this dwarf star, which are 40 light years away. Now scientists want to discover if these planets could sustain human life.