Life, Uranium and 3D Printing

Posted on November 21, 2011

Moving on to our second week of operation, we have – as the 34 readers who caught us in week one will know – added pictures to the articles. This includes those written last time, so the consistency of our look and feel should be fairly reasonable.The pictures will, we hope, add to the articles and be useful in explaining or illustrating the topics at the heart of each article For those who would like to investigate the articles further though, we have also added a “Related Articles” section at the end of each so that it should be easy to follow up with further reading.

You will also find that not only have the articles become slightly longer, but there are also five of them this time (including this editorial) rather than the four we began with. All of these changes are moves towards what we hope will be the final format for each week, but it may take some time to get to our final version. Next, the aim will be simply to increase our range to six stories a time rather than five.

Life Out There

This week, we look at the work done on habitable zones around distant stars that may mean there are many more places out there in the universe for life to be found. Not only is this a splendid piece of work but – difficult though it may have been to believe just ten years ago – is based on actually looking at planets many light years away!

Do It Yourself

Bloodhound SSCWe also took the time this issue to do a little “real reporting” by taking ourselves off to the “Bang Goes the Theory” roadshow recently held in Manchester, UK to do a little investigation.

Unfortunately, we were somewhat dragged away from the coffee-powered speed-record car and the magnificent Bloodhound SSC which aims to break the land-speed record by traveling at more than 1000 mph by our own interest in 3D printing. It was fascinating to watch spare parts being printed to patch up working robots in another exhibition stand at the show.

Uranium Mining

It was shocking to find in our reviews of science reports this week that there have been long-standing plans to permit uranium mines in the Grand Canyon area in Arizona and we took some time to put together a summary of where this rather surprising move currently stands right now.

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