Posts on science, its history and philosophy, and why these things matter. Named for the 16th century Polish astronomer who dislodged Earth from the centre of the universe.
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February 9, 2013

Urthecast, a Canadian company, plans to install HD cameras on the ISS to provide an almost-live-stream of the Earth as seen from space, with a resolution of 1 metre and a time-delay of 0.5-3 hours. »

February 5, 2013

The largest prime number known to date - the 48th Mersenne prime - was found on January 25 at the GIMPS project, as has been the case for all record primes since 1997. »

February 5, 2013

The search for exoplanets is made interesting by the spotting of Goldilocks, or habitable, zones, regions in space that could support life. A simple calculator to model these zones was proposed by a team from the University of Washington, and it throws up some curious results. »

February 4, 2013

Picking out the atmospheric constituents of a distant exoplanet requires the knowledge of a very simple natural phenomenon: Shadows. »

February 1, 2013

An interview with Mr. David Gump reveales that there is excitement among entrepreneurs for being able to conceive of complicated projects, such as mining metals from space. »

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