It looks like we have to stay goodbye to the European Space Agency’s latest attempt to land a robot on Mars. Just like their previous outing, the Beagle 2, it was landing the equipment on the surface of the Red Planet that was their Achilles’ heel. So why does this keep going wrong for them, … More Get Your Lander To Mars!
Five years ago, NASA launched a tiny space ship, no bigger than a basketball court, into the depths of space, to travel to a planet 11 times larger than our own. Tomorrow morning, by 05:00 am BST, we will know if it has successfully arrived. JUNO is going to be exploring Jupiter inside and out. … More Juno arrives!
It’s been a long time coming, and I apologise greatly for that. Life finds a way, as Ian Malcolm says. What he doesn’t say is that what life finds a way to do is scupper all your best laid plans. Nevertheless, Science Burrito now ends its short hiatus with The Martian Blog! The first EXOMARS … More Life on Mars: Not so small an affair
So, here it is, finally, the LIGO blog. If you haven’t read my other blogs or ever read the news, then just for you LIGO stands for Laser Interferometry Gravity-wave Observatory, which I think is a little cheeky. I think that because when you think of an observatory, you think of a big telescope with … More The LIGO post
From the way the news is being reported, in the click-baiting headlines at least, you’d think that we’d all be switching to clean cheap nuclear energy in a matter of days. This is, of course, not the case.
So what has happened? … More Nuclear Con-fusion
The future, particularly scientifically, is notoriously difficult to predict. Here is a quick run-down of some things we do know are coming in 2016. … More Prognostication 2016