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News in Brief

March 8, 2012

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Football Climate Change Blogger Michael Brown decided to join in the recent fashion for climate change scepticism and collected sets of data from the real climate scientists so he could do his own statistical fiddling in in much the same way as used by the so-called “climate sceptics” out there. It appears, from his work, […]

Solar power gets realistic

March 8, 2012

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For many years now, especially in the less glorious weather of places such as the United Kingdom, solar power has had the reputation of being expensive, inefficient and even unworkable – but that looks set to change with developments in industrial production. In some places, such as India, solar electrical power s now cheaper than […]

Massive solar storm

March 8, 2012

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With superb timing for this issue, while the articles were being prepared news came of a vast solar storm heading for the Earth (Wednesday 7th March 2012 at 11:05 pm). Details can be found at the Guardian website, from which much of this article is directly drawn. Either use our link at Massive solar storm […]

The solar downside

March 8, 2012

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Not all is well on the solar front, despite the plummetting costs of solar panel production during 2011 (see our article Solar power gets realistic in this issue). We may be able to look forward to more widespread use of solar power in the near future, and along with it electricity that is both cheaper […]

Earth-born Timelords

March 2, 2012

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For the worriers who may read Changed Times, first a little perspective on things. Our own sun will last, as such stars do, another five to ten billion years before it finally gives up the ghost – or at least gives up the possibility of supporting a planetary lifeform such as our own. Even the […]

News In Brief

February 13, 2012

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Underwater walking It has long been a feeling among paleontologists that the African lungfish, with its odd and lobe-shaped fins, similar to the ancestors of the first verterbrates to walk on land, might be a good model for our ealiest ancestors.

Revisiting the Drake Equation

February 13, 2012

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If you are one of the many, many people out there who has sat down with the Drake Equation to try and work out just how many other species there may be out there in the galaxy that we could talk to if only we could get in touch somehow, then there is some new […]