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The Sun, the Earth and the Weather

March 8, 2012

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As you may have noticed there are several differences with the issue this time. First and foremost, much of this issue is concerned with a single subject – our local star, which is heading for a peak of activity due next year. Chances are that this issue and other similar coverage will be all you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early stars were smaller than thought

December 14, 2011

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Rather than the bloated monsters unlike anything found in the night sky today that the first stars have long been thought to be, it now appears that they may have been less than half the size they were thought to be.

Life without a moon

November 30, 2011

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Jaques Laskar and collegues of the Paris Observatory in France showed in 1993 that Earth’s moon helps to stabilise the tilt of the planet’s axis of rotation agauinst perturbations that would otherwise be caused by the planet Jupiter.

Its life Jim, but…

November 21, 2011

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These days it seems that the harder we look for life the more we find it can turn up in the most unlikely of places. Here on Earth, we appear to have found it everywhere we look but even out in the wider galaxy science is leading us to places for life that were previously […]