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Ripples in the universe from the Big Bang 09/06/2014 It might have all started with a big bang some 13.8 billion years ago, but what happened immediately afterwards has been perplexing our greatest minds for decades.

big bang - I'm preparing the next post - We are Stardust! - meanwhile catch up on the Big Bang

Orange light helps thinking - 26/5/14 - Who needs coffee in the morning when you can just shine an orange light in your eyes?

The visible spectrum showing the wavelengths of each of the component colours. The spectrum ranges from dark red at 700 nm to violet at 400 nm.

Oceans of rubbish 16/06/2014 Human litter has worked its way into remote and inaccessible parts of the ocean where even humans haven’t managed to penetrate. A large-scale European seafloor survey highlights the extent of the problem of litter in marine environments.

Oceans of rubbish Human litter has worked its way into remote and inaccessible parts of the ocean where even humans haven’t managed to penetrate. A large-scale European seafloor survey highlights the extent of the problem of litter in marine environments.

Planet Labs launching world’s largest satellite fleet - 3/6/14 - Flocks of tiny satellites are being released throughout 2014 by Californian space-information company Planet Labs in collaboration with the International Space Station and other space organisations in Russia and the US.

Planet Labs are launching the world’s largest satellite fleet – and it will be taking a daily hi-res snapshot of the entire planet.

Spinsolve making NMR accessible - 20/5/14 - A New Zealand-designed benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer called Spinsolve is making material analysis easier for a variety of industries.

Spinsolve making NMR accessible - - A New Zealand-designed benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer called Spinsolve is making material analysis easier for a variety of industries.

Earthquake Lights a Rift Phenomenon - 24/3/14 - They were once dismissed as the hallucinations of those who had supped one too many cups of the local hooch. Now, though, earthquake lights are a well recorded (though) phenomenon, thanks to the almost ubiquitous presence of recording devices.

Once dismissed as the hallucinations of those who had supped one too many cups of the local hooch, earthquake lights, although rare, are now a well recorded phenomenon, thanks to the almost ubiquitous presence of recording devices.

Updates from Mars 02/12/2013 New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover include that only trace amounts of methane exist on Mars, which contradicts earlier observations, and that there is evidence of some Mars meteorites on Earth.

Updates from Mars New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover include that only trace amounts of methane exist on Mars, which contradicts earlier observations, and that there is evidence of some Mars meteorites on Earth.

Whangarei fruit fly find a worry 07/07/2014 A solitary male Queensland fruit fly, found in a trap in Whangarei, is a reminder of the biosecurity risk New Zealand faces on a regular basis.

Whangarei fruit fly find a worry A solitary male Queensland fruit fly, found in a trap in Whangarei, is a reminder of the biosecurity risk New Zealand faces on a regular basis.

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