Igloos May Be Our Best Bet for Martian Habitats

January 3, 2017 – Not quite the ice block igloos built by Inuit in the extreme north here on Earth, NASA is contemplating something it calls a Mars Ice Dome as a suitable home ... Continue Reading →

What Technologies Will Hold the Disruptive Keys to 2017?

December 20, 2016 – It is always fun to look ahead to the New Year and do a little bit of crystal ball forecasting. Technological innovation continues to disrupt existing paradigms ... Continue Reading →

Why is Methane Spiking in the Atmosphere and What Can We Do About It?

December 12, 2016 – More potent in the short term than carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) has recently spiked in the atmosphere reaching concentrations of 1,830 parts per billion. ... Continue Reading →

Japan Puts Experimental Space Junk Removal Technology into Orbit

December 12, 2016 – The Electrodynamic Tether (EDT) has just been sent into orbit by JAXA, the Japanese space agency. On the JAXA website it refers to EDT and its purpose as a ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: 10 Days Left to Fund a Space Telescope to Find Another Earth

December 10, 2016 – The target planet is the newly discovered one circling our nearest stellar neighbours, Alpha Centauri A and B and their nearby companion Proxima Centauri. ... Continue Reading →

Is Planetary Habitability the Key to Evolution of Life?

December 6, 2016 – In the latest revelations about Mars in the past researchers at Penn State University have modeled the planet’s climate showing that atmospheric carbon ... Continue Reading →

German Entry in Google Lunar X Prize Plans Visit to Apollo 17 Landing Site

December 1, 2016 – The competition among 16 remaining teams for the Google Lunar X Prize continues to heat up with one entry, a multi-country German-based  Part-Time Scientists ... Continue Reading →

The EmDrive: What Physics Says is Impossible

November 30, 2016 – A paper appearing in the Journal of Propulsion and Power, entitled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum,”  ... Continue Reading →

Even in the 21st Century Engineers Get it Wrong

November 28, 2016 – Two news items in the past few weeks have prompted me to write this piece about 21st century engineering. The first story concerns the ExoMars mission to place ... Continue Reading →

The Latest and Greatest in the 3D Printing World

November 26, 2016 – Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is finding all kinds of new applications and materials as it moves from being a marginal player to the centre piece in ... Continue Reading →