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Potential Earth-like planet discovered around our nearest star kettlemag Alexander Brock Proxima Centauri
Scientists have announced that the discovery of possible habitable world orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our sun. It is the closest planet found so far that could potentially harbour life and could be an important milestone in our quest to find alien life outside of our solar system. The planet’s orbit lies with...
Scientists cast doubt on key climate target FEMA_-_33311_-_Fire_crew_memeber_fighting_Poomacha_wildfire_in_California.jpg
Leading climate change scientists have warned that we are unlikely to limit global warming to the landmark 1.5C target set last year. The target of keeping global warming below +1.5C (compared to pre-industrial levels) was set at the Paris climate negotiations last December and was considered one of the key results of the conference. The...
What Brexit means for UK science Britain.jpg
So its official- the UK is leaving the European Union. In a historic vote, 52 percent of participants in the EU referendum decided to vote to leave the EU. This has left the future of UK’s science industry in deep uncertainty, with leading scientists calling the decision a “disaster” and a “dark day for UK...
Could eagles be used to battle drones? Kettle Mag, Alex Brock, Bald eagle taking flight, science, drones, police
The use of drones has been a rather controversial matter in recent years to say the least. Their use has led to a number of concerns, including the issue of drones falling into the wrong hands and being used to commit crimes. In response to this, the Metropolitan Police are considering the bizarre and outside-the-box...
What do we know about the newly discovered Venus twin? Kettlemag, Science, Innovation, Venus, Venus Twin, NASA, Alex Brock
After the discovery of Earth’s twin planet last summer, planet hunting astronomers have now found a potential ‘Venus twin’. The newly discovered planet, called GJ 1132b, lies 39 light-years away and is the nearest Earth-size exoplanet to be found so far. The discovery is significant for a number of reasons. In particular, it could be...
The Science of Cinema
Hugo Gernsback, often described as the father of science-fiction, once stated his idea of a perfect science-fiction story was "75 percent literature interwoven with 25 percent science”. Almost all science-fiction films have taken this ideal on board, often sacrificing scientific accuracy for the story’s sake. Of course, bending the rules of science is almost always necessary...