Monthly Archives: October 2013

National Novel Writing Month begins

It’s that time of year again. Hundreds of thousands of writers around the world are gearing up for the biggest writing event of the year: NaNoWriMo. The goal is simple: write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of … Continue reading

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Mismatched planets

We would expect that planets that form close together would be similar to one another. We would also expect that planets that form close together would stay close together and planets that form far apart would stay far apart. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Government reopens, NASA back on track

On Wednesday, the US Congress passed a budget deal reopening the government and avoiding the much worse debt ceiling collision by only a couple of hours. Of course, we can expect loads more fun when the short-term deal runs out … Continue reading

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Confirmed! 9 lost episodes of Doctor Who recovered

Doctor Who is an excellent British science fiction show about the titular time traveling alien, which has enthralled audiences literally for generations with the help of (depending how you count them) 13 lead actors. It celebrates its 50th anniversary next … Continue reading

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Movie review: Gravity

Well, this is a treat. It’s not often you see such quality hard science fiction on the big screen these days. Gravity is a film about two astronauts trying to survive after the Space Shuttle is destroyed by flying space … Continue reading

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Government shuts down: now what?

By now, you’ve probably heard that the United States government is shut down, having failed to pass a budget, something that last happened in 1996. I’ll spare the annoying political details and just say that neither of the two parties … Continue reading

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