Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beam Me Up Episode 278 now online

This week on Beam Me Up, episode 278 I play part one of Adam Troy-Castro’s amazing short story “Arvies”. Adam’s tale flips our assumptions of what is true or false or what is alive or dead. What is a person and what is not.

From the Beam Me Up blog

I play the new Symphony of Science music, which features the voices of Morgan Freeman,, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking among others.

Next I review the Disney CGI animation Tangled which all in all the best thing that can be said about the movie is that it may not take any chances, but is endearing in its own right. Plus the added benefit of high quality animation only adds to the enjoyment.

Next, From the NYT via Boing Boing comes evidence of the earliest tool manufacture. From the science journal Nature, tools from Kenya that were dated to about 1.7 million years ago. This is the earliest found so far.

Astronomers are studying the nearest and brightest supernova of of a type that has not been observed for 40 years.

A recent study suggests that super-massive black holes can trigger the formation of stars, thus 'building' their own host galaxies. This could also explain why galaxies hosting larger black holes have more stars.

NASA's 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will be re-entering Earth's atmosphere in what NASA has described as "an uncontrolled fall" sometime in late September or early October.

Was there ever an Apollo 18? Well technically...yes. In July 1975 there was indeed an Apollo mission. It was the last Apollo mission and the last manned US space mission until the first Space Shuttle flight in April 1981. This last mission was called the ASTP and it was the first joint U.S./Soviet space flight.

Antipodean's September 2011 issue, #159 is now online.

and finally Photos taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of Apollo 12, 14 and 17 have proved to be some of the sharpest ever taken of the landing sites. Even experiment packages can clearly be seen!

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