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Entries from February 2012

Raspberry Pi

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Today a nifty little computer called Raspberry Pi is finally on the market. It is made by people who wanted to create a cheap computer that invites children to learn to program at home. It is so cheap they could buy it after saving a bit of pocket money: $35. It is the size of […]

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Tags: Input devices · Opinion

The Story, page 5

February 28th, 2012 · No Comments

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The section of the compound that would become the bio-lab was marked with a leaf symbol. It was still empty, their handhelds bleeped simultaneously when they entered. A blueprint of the space was shown to each of the team members. The section they were to build first was highlighted. Piers and River were […]

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Tags: Fiction · Me

The Story, page 4

February 21st, 2012 · No Comments

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At the end of the passage the compound stretched before them. It had built the outer layer by itself so they need not go out to build it in the heavy spacesuits. It would be too dangerous when a suit would tear and start to leak. The atmosphere was being worked on of […]

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Tags: Fiction · Me

New game from Maxis!

February 17th, 2012 · No Comments

EA will announce a new game from the Maxis studio next month. In a livestream no less. The “Game Changer” stream begins in the early hours of March 6 UK time.
The rumour mill thinks it is a new SimCity game. It is certainly a “Triple A simulation type game” as it was described in a […]

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Tags: News · Other games · Spore · Video

Civ V expansion: Gods & Kings

February 16th, 2012 · No Comments

2K games announced an expansion pack for Civilization V today: Gods & Kings. They expect it to hit the shops late Spring 2012. So in a few months already! The main changes will be:

Tons of New Stuff. I know I just mentioned it, but I want to draw attention to just how many new […]

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Tags: Civilization

The Story, page 3

February 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

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New compounds always were connected to the main city by a passage. The city looked magnificent from above, a sprawling web with the domed compounds as nodes and the passages as vertices. The passages were still necessary, and would be for a while yet, until the atmosphere was compatible enough to […]

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Tags: Fiction · Me

Photomicroscopy in motion

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments

I have posted links before to the amazing pictures that show the small living world in the most artistic ways in the yearly Nikon Small World competition.
This time there’s an added dimension, and movement is added to enhance the wonder even further. Below I’ve embedded two, but many more are found at the YouTube channel.

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Tags: Art · Science

The Story, page 2

February 7th, 2012 · No Comments

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Routinely River emptied his tray at the recycle station in the hall. The biological content of the orange peels was more than welcome here. Slowly they were building the biomass to a point where it could hopefully become self-sustaining; until then every molecule counted. The building team he was assigned to, according to […]

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Tags: Fiction · Me

Gliese 667C c

February 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Exciting news! An international team has found a new exoplanet of the super-Earth category that is in the habitable zone of its host star. The planet has the best habitability index of the exoplanets yet, as explained here.
The system is special because of the fact that it is a triple star system (the other stars […]

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Tags: Astronomy