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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Gravity

[Gravity. Released October 4, 2013. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Writers Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and George Clooney. DVD/Blu-Ray not yet released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] As the final credits rolled on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, a woman in the row in front of me stood up and swaying slightly, grabbed the back […]
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Shenzhou 9: Docking in space with taikonauts

The Long March Rocket and Shenzou 9 lift off………Credit: China National Space Administration Only a few days ago the media was celebrating the success of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, the first commercial (private) craft to dock with the International Space Station. It brought some supplies to the ISS and took waste material back. Today there might […]
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Spaceport America, not far from Truth or Consequences

If you think that U.S. President Obama’s new initiative for space – not only for NASA, but also for the nascent private space industry – is a chimera, well, check out this article in the New York Times: A New Exit to Space Readies for Business. The article, with tongue moving quickly from cheek to […]
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The U.S. in space: Moon, out. Commerce, in.

It’s not like the United States is the only game in space. It wasn’t even the only country with a Moon project. China and Russia both made noises about going to the Moon with men (or women). Still, the U.S. was the pioneer on the Moon – the Apollo Project, “One giant step for mankind…”, […]
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An Internet router in space

From a technical point of view, routers are the hardware that make the Internet the network of networks. Routers do the job by receiving and retransmitting the trillions of packets of Internet data, sending each towards its own destination with the route chosen by the router (if it’s smart enough). So, if space is to […]
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Also tracking: Science and tech disappointments

Turning the year to a new decade is bound to produce a wide variety of retrospectives. Lists are always popular. I came across an interesting list the other day at the Scientific American site: 10 Science Letdowns of the New Millennium by Katherine Harmon. The original is presented as a slide show. Why, I’m not […]
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