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Submission + - Space X use Culture ship names

Coisiche writes: In a tribute to Iain M. Banks, Elon Musk has named a couple of Space X drone ships after Culture ships that appear in the Player of Games novel.

If that's a trend there are a lot to choose from.

Submission + - Death of Sir Patrick Moore ( 1

Coisiche writes: Breaking news on the BBC news site reports the death of Sir Patrick Moore, renowned broadcaster and astronomer who will probably be most familiar to UK readers. He might be known outside of the UK for being the presenter of the long running TV show, "The Sky at Night".

When I was growing up just about every space related news I saw was presented by him. As well some of his books on astronomy I also read a series of fictional books he wrote for a juvenile audience that featured some travels around the solar system.


Submission + - Einstein proved correct again (

Coisiche writes: Observation of a pair of white dwarfs in a tight orbit provide further supporting proof for Einstein's gravity waves. Given how well his theories have held up to tests you have to wonder how anyone could have thought that CERN's superluminal neutrinos would be anything other than experimental error.

Submission + - Inexplicable stellar disk (

Coisiche writes: A star has been found with an over-sized debris ring that's difficult to reconcile with current star system models. I expect that there will be a natural phenomenon behind it but just once I want to see "artificial" as the only explanation for something like this.

Submission + - European "typosquatters" fined (

Coisiche writes: A couple of European "typosquatters" have been fined.

The article is short on detail about what their fake sites were called but I'd have to say I'd be a bit suspicious if I thought I was on Wikipedia (which is named as an example) and got invited to try a competition. The only hard fact presented is that someone was conned out of 63 pounds sterling while thinking they were accessing YouTube.


Submission + - Superluminal neutrinos: take 2 (

Coisiche writes: To address the many responses to the original findings, the OPERA team who were perplexed by the results first time round are starting a new and improved version of their experiment launching neutrinos in Switzerland and detecting them in Italy.

My money is on that the improvements will prevent the mis-detection of FTL particles.

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