Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.
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Friday 16 April 2010
Friday 16 April 2010
Thursday 18 March 2010
Tuesday 02 February 2010
America's abandonment of a manned return-mission to the Moon by 2020 raises the old question of whether it is better to put people into space, with all the huge safety costs that incurs, or to rely on relatively inexpensive machines, such as the robotic rovers that have performed so well exploring the surface of Mars.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
In a culture warier than ever of poetry in public places, it looks as if elegies can still take you through the grandest entrances. During the late 1990s, the Whitbread book of the year award (forerunner of the Costas, before beer gave way to coffee) went four times in succession to volumes of verse: two by Seamus Heaney, two by Ted Hughes.
Friday 15 January 2010
"Escape to Mars, it's not too far," advises rapper Gift Of Gab, continuing the theme of 2004's 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, an ongoing extension of the space-jazz schtick of such as Sun Ra and Parliament which offered a metaphor for the astronomical extent a black man needs to search to find enlightened, non-racist attitudes in the solar system.
Tuesday 05 January 2010
Tuesday 08 December 2009
Hopes of finding life on Mars have been boosted by British scientists studying sources of methane on the planet.
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Tuesday 24 November 2009
A single ocean once covered much of the northern half of Mars, supplied with water from a belt of rain-fed rivers, new research suggests.
Tuesday 06 October 2009
A pioneer in fibre-optics and two scientists who figured out how to turn light into electronic signals - work that paved the way for the Internet age - were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for physics today.
Sunday 06 September 2009
Friday 04 September 2009
The revelation that the wife of the Japanese prime minister-elect was once abducted by aliens and whisked off to Venus ("a very beautiful place... very green") is food for thought. One can imagine how a few members of our own political classes would benefit from the sort of trip taken by Miyuki Hatoyama.
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
Two the astronauts who first landed on the moon have urged mankind to take a giant leap to Mars.
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