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Entries from April 2010

Solar Hydrogen

April 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Renewable energy is the future, which can’t come soon enough for me. I am a big, big fan of solar, but hydrogen was never much my cup of tea. Why? Well, because I see it more as a good way to store energy rather than a sustainable source in itself. When you split water using […]

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Tags: Opinion · Science

Blue Skies over Europe

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has shut down all air-flight activity over the North-West of Europe. Coincidence has it that there is a large high pressure area keeping the air, and the ash in it, in position. The ash is so thin and high that it is not visible from the ground.
All this results in […]

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Tags: Me

Spore designer Chaim Gingold speaks at Games for Health

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments

The designer of Spore’s magnificent creature editor, Chaim Gingold, will give a keynote talk titled: “The Human Play Machine” at the Games for Health annual conference on May 27th. He will discuss how existing game genres map onto the human brain and body, and will explain how design decisions affect player attraction and in-game behavior.
The […]

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Tags: Maxoids · Other games

Will Wright involved in Science Channel programming

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Will Wright has signed a deal with Science Channel to produce programming for the network. The partnership reflects the strategy to expand the network’s programming from science-based content to shows that explore creativity.
“Gaming is a rich and compelling way to tell a great story,” he said. “I am so excited to bring that mind-set […]

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Tags: Maxoids

Retrograde Exoplanets

April 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Recent findings threaten to cause upheaval in the field of planetary theory. Six of the recently discovered 27 giant exoplanets are turning around their star in the wrong direction, i.e. just opposite of the rotation of their host star.
The exoplanets are all so-called hot Jupiters; very large and heavy planets in a relatively tiny orbit […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Another exiting find of new homoid species

April 11th, 2010 · No Comments

In what is already the third exiting find of human heritage this year, two complete fossilized skeletons are dug up of a hitherto unknown species. They are dubbed Sebida and might be a bridge between the ape-like Australopithecus and the first Homo species. Since the bones are so complete it clear to see that they […]

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Tags: Biology · Science

Dew Insects

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Stunning photographs can be made by those who go out early enough, as proven by the stunning photographs made by Mirosław Świętek. You can read more about him and these photographs in this article in the DailyMail. More of his pictures can be found on

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Tags: Art · Biology

What is new in Civ V?

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

If you have not been following the Civilization news via CivFanatics or other fansites, here’s a quick marketing recap from GameTrailers made during GDC2010:

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Tags: Civilization