Real Science: A Titanic Amount Of Gas

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Now that all the Who-pla has died down, we can get back to talking about Real Science.

Indications from the Cassini mission show that Saturn's moon Titan appears to look very similar to Earth, with seas, continents, weather, and land features carved by erosion. However, on Titan, which is far too cold for water to flow, the liquid is made of hydrocarbons--methane, mostly, and in such quantities that, if we were able to bring it to Earth, there would not be enough oxygen to burn it all.

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An Adventure In Space And Time

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Being busier than a one-armed paperhanger, I just got around to watching "An Adventure In Space And Time," the BBC's docu-drama detailing the inception and first few seasons of "Doctor Who."

I have mixed feelings about this show. On the one hand, I thought they did an excellent job re-creating the sense of time and place of 1963. On the other hand, it was painful to watch David Bradley's portrayal of William Hartnell, the original Doctor.

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R2'sDay: My Geek Cred

You know, over the many years I've been doing this site,virtually no-one has ever asked me why they should accept me as any sort of authority at all on S-F and/or general Geekdom
Well, since a virtual nobody is still somebody, I thought I'd answer this question.

First, I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of Power Rangers.

Okay, that's a lie. Only the first ten years or so.

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Chinese Rover on the Moon.

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China has a Sputnik Moment.
Americans hit the snooze button.

At 4:35 am, China's Jade Rabbit rover (Yutu) drove onto the moon's surface on Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades, a huge advance in the China's ambitious space program. The mission is to look for natural resources.

The moon has vast veins of titanium, aluminum, magnesium silicon, basically everything you need to build spacecraft. With no atmosphere and lower, but usable gravity, it represents a natural harbor for launching into deep space.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: Friday the 13th--The Return

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I don't like horror films, in any way, shape or form, but I couldn't resist the joke about putting up a "Friday the 13th" fan film on Friday the 13th.

Turns out there's quite a few of them, and I pretty much chose the one I did because I only had to watch five and a half minutes of it, instead of an hour-long slasher film.

This one it worth seeing, if only for the Santa hats on the deer head mounts in the game room.

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