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Not sure if this is awesome or terrifying. Or both!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjWEGlot35Y
(lots more background info on the science behind the game here: https://childrenofadeadearth.wordpress.com/ )
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Confirmation that Beagle 2 did actually soft-land on Mars, and even possibly partially deployed at least. Sad that it didn't work :(.
http://www.universetoday.com/128596/new-highest-resolution-images-long-lost-beagle-2-lander/
Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have identified the lost Beagle 2 lander on the Martian surface, and might explain why the Beagle 2 failed to deploy.
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Absolutely gutted to hear that Prince has died. :( :( 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36106778
Singer Prince has died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.
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+Winchell Chung yeah, 2016 has been absolutely murderous. :(
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Wargames as educational tools. I know I've learned a fair bit about historical conflicts and insurgencies (and how and why some strategies worked) from playing them!
http://warontherocks.com/2016/04/wargaming-in-the-classroom-an-odyssey/
Several years ago, as a new professor at the Marine Corps War College, I spent a huge amount of time putting together the best presentation on Thucydides a
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The science of Freddie Mercury. I'm not kidding. :P

"Freddie Mercury was one of the twentieth century’s best-known singers of commercial contemporary music. This study presents an acoustical analysis of his voice production and singing style, based on perceptual and quantitative analysis of publicly available sound recordings. Analysis of six interviews revealed a median speaking fundamental frequency of 117.3 Hz, which is typically found for a baritone voice. Analysis of voice tracks isolated from full band recordings suggested that the singing voice range was 37 semitones within the pitch range of F#2 (about 92.2 Hz) to G5 (about 784 Hz). Evidence for higher phonations up to a fundamental frequency of 1,347 Hz was not deemed reliable. Analysis of 240 sustained notes from 21 a-cappella recordings revealed a surprisingly high mean fundamental frequency modulation rate (vibrato) of 7.0 Hz, reaching the range of vocal tremor. Quantitative analysis utilizing a newly introduced parameter to assess the regularity of vocal vibrato corroborated its perceptually irregular nature, suggesting that vibrato (ir)regularity is a distinctive feature of the singing voice. Imitation of subharmonic phonation samples by a professional rock singer, documented by endoscopic high-speed video at 4,132 frames per second, revealed a 3:1 frequency locked vibratory pattern of vocal folds and ventricular folds."

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14015439.2016.1156737
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This is so good! I felt sorry for the poor guy :)
 
What’s a peaceful alien to do on a planet full of people intent on killing each other? Hide. For decades and decades.
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Leaving Earth - this game is literally about Rocket Science! It looks absolutely gorgeous too, if you like those old 1950s/1960s fonts and design style. It's not for the faint-hearted though, there's lots of calculating involved!
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The even more awesome thing is that exploring the other planets in this game is based on what we thought we knew at the time. So while we know now that Venus is a searingly hot hellhole, if you explore Venus in a given game of Leaving Earth there's a chance that it could be a hellhole, or it could be a water world, or it could be covered with lush wetlands!

Similarly there's a chance that landing on the Moon would destroy your spaceship as it sinks into the vast fields of dust that we thought were there. And Mars may have vegetation, and Phobos... well, I'll leave that as a surprise ;) ! 
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So, what's the USSR national Anthem again? "Go Soviets, ra ra ra?"
 
The end of an epic 6 hour game of Twilight Struggle last night - i was on a backfooting with the US due to a lousy hand in the first couple of turns, so the game basically turned into me scrabbling for points and denying points to the Soviets to prevent them from winning outright. But it was fun! 

I think in Turn 8 we had four scoring cards show up, which was a bit insane! Central America and Europe both got scored in the headline phase, and I think Middle east and South America showed up during the turn. And just to ramp up the tension I played the Cuban Missile Crisis early in Turn 6 or 7 too (which was funny since the USSR had no influence in Cuba, and then the played Fidel immediately afterwards to put him in there :) ). 

I thought it'd go to the end but in Turn 10 the Soviets cunningly played OPEC which got them 5 VP to push them from 15 to 20 and the win. Had we gone on to final scoring I think I would have ended up with four points in favour of the US, but the VPs would still be firmly on the USSR side so they still would have won. But it was good since my opponent wanted to see the Late War cards and we did get there! 
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+Colin Dunn That'll probably work :).
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I hear Pallas and Juno are nice this time of year...!
 
Does anyone have more info about this?
The team behind Dawn, the first ever asteroid-hopping spacecraft, have asked NASA for permission to extend its mission to a third destination
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Back in 2009, Gianluca Gimini picked up an unusual hobby. The Bologna-based Italian-American designer started approaching his friends — and complete strangers — and asking them to draw a bicycle from memory [...] Turns out this seemingly simple task was anything but; for all their mechanical purity, bikes have a fair number of moving parts, and even that familiar form (the shape of modern two-wheeler dates to the 1880s, after all), proved dauntingly difficult to render by heart, particularly in the two minutes Gimini gave his artists to complete their masterpieces.

By 2016, the pile had grown to 376 drawings from a broad array of participants from seven different countries, males and females as young as 3 years and as old as 88. He decided to begin creating highly polished renderings of these sketches, and the results — 12 of which you see below — are equal parts brilliant, hilarious and frightening."

Some of these are amazing. :)

http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160418-turns-out-bikes-are-quite-hard-to-draw
In Italy, one designer has transformed bad sketches into beautiful, offbeat renderings of real bicycles.
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Ordinary people terrified because they're dying and they don't know why. Listening helplessly as the doctor describes his symptoms into a tape recorder. The Pattern spreading throughout the village. It's frightening and beautiful at the same time. I got so many chills and tingles from visuals and the soundtrack, even though I've seen a full playthrough before.

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture is an incredible experience - you owe it to yourself to play it. (it's out on PC now, and the screenshots below aren't even taken with the highest graphics settings because those killed my computer!)
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  • Lancaster University
    Planetary Science PhD, 1996 - 2002
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics MSc, 1995 - 1996
  • University College London
    Exploration Geophysics BSc, 1992 - 1995
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!), occasional science blogger, boardgamer, music and science geek. :)

Favourite quote: "Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says, "We're all equals as men, except I'm slightly more equal because I'm still alive and you're dead." Of course, dropping a nuke on them from fifty thousand feet is totally acceptable. I mean, let's face it, there just not enough time in this world to show everybody the courtesy of a good strangling." - Sarge, Red vs. Blue.
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Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
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