Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Horizons space probe reaches Pluto

NASA’s space craft is closing in on Pluto and is beginning to take its first pictures: New Horizons is aiming its Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) telescope at Pluto to help navigate the final 135 million miles (220 kilometers) of its … Continue reading

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Amazon launches a free Kindle textbook creator

Amazon has launched Kindle Textbook Creator (beta), making it easy for anyone to create electronic textbooks from PDF files and publish them with interactive ebook features. This could be very disruptive for the textbook industry, if enough academics decide to … Continue reading

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SpaceX comes close, but doesn’t quite accomplish soft landing of booster rocket

SpaceX successfully navigated its Falcon 9 booster rocket back to a floating platform Saturday, but the landing was too hard to count as a success.  However, “it bodes well for the future” says Elon Musk. The rocket “ran out of hydraulic fluid … Continue reading

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SpaceX plans a reusable booster landing test …

… on Saturday.  If all goes well, the SpaceX booster will land on a sea-based autonomous landing platform built from deep sea drilling rig components!

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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