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Entries from March 2015

The First 32 Exoplanets to be Named

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The International Astronomical Union will name the first 32 exoplanets via a Exoworld Naming Contest open to the general public. An official statement in that regard will be made soon. These 32 planets move around 20 stars, most of these stars are visible to the naked eye. More can be found at Planetary Habitability Laboratory.
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Tags: Astronomy

James Lovelock interview

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember that Maxis classic simEarth? This year is its 25th anniversary. Lovelock, the scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis was an advisor to the developers of that game, and is been interviewed by Slate. You can read the interview and more about the game and Lovelock if you follow this link.

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Tags: Biology · Maxoids · Other games · Robots

Curiosity has found nitrates on Mars

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

NASA scientists report that the Curiosity rover has found another compound on Mars that could be indicative that life could have been possible om Mars at one time, in this case nitrates. While not outright proof, but it does make the likelihood higher. To quote the article:
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots · Science

Very first Offworld Trading Company tournament

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

The great thing about a game in public Early Access is that most to the development and alterations of the game can be followed by anybody. The Mohawk team is encouraging players to stream while they are playing, and many do. A few good streamers who regularly stream OTC are:

Zultar327
primevalCIV
PBhead
SMG

Soon there will be a 1v1 […]

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Offworld Trading Company

March 13th, 2015 · No Comments

When I was following the development of Spore, one of the many interesting and talented people working on it to me was Soren Johnson. He is a game designer and worked on Civilization 3 and was the lead designer of Civilization 4, which many people view as the best of the series. Soren actually designed […]

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Ganymede has a large salty ocean

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ganymede, one of Jupiters many moons, is found to have a large underground ocean. It may even contain more water than can be found here on Earth. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from the fact that Ganymedes has aurora lights. This reveales the shape of the moons magnetics field, with in turn […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots

Solar powered Aeroplane

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Pioneering is still very possible in this day-and-age: today the Solar Impuse-2 started its attempt to fly around the world on solar power only.

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Tags: Science

Mars had a large ocean

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Nasa has found evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars. This is the conclusion based on the relative quantity of deuterium versus regular water. Since Mars is relatively small, water is easily evaporated from the surface. Deuterium is heavier and will be ever more present in the compound. The measurements show that there must […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Maxis Emeryville offices closed

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Very sad news this week, Maxis as-we-know-it is closed by EA. EA will still support The Sims and Simcity, but the creative team based in Emeryville is being disbanded. It feels like the end of an era. Everybody who plays computer games will have played at least one of the games they made. Even more […]

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Tags: Maxoids