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I have been waiting for this flyby for a long time :) http://www.wired.com/2014/07/new-horizons-pluto-preanniversary/
One year from today, everybody’s favorite dwarf planet will receive its first man-made visitor. The New Horizons mission, which launched in 2006, will make its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Right now, Pluto is mainly known as that object in the solar system that used to be a planet (some would argue…
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Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious.
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This is a brilliant documentary about the EVE Online MMO and the community's relationship with CCP. Well worth watching! A Tale of Internet Spaceships
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Breaking out the Tantive IV! This is the first mission of the "Point of No Return" campaign. #xwingminiatures  
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It's the mission book that comes with the Tantive - four linked scenarios (the specific scenario depends on whether you win or lose the previous ones) in which the Corvette has to escape/battle the Imperials. 
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Are there any real card games that are like Hearthstone (being the digital card game based on World of Warcraft)?
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Hearthstone, from what I've seen, is a much-simplified version of the World of Warcraft CCG. I've played the CCG and watched YouTube videos of Hearthstone. The core attack/end game mechanics (use minions and spells to kill the other player's hero) are the same, but how resources are used to purchase/play cards from your hand are handled differently.

The CCG cards and effects are a bit more complex, but not overly so. There's also quite a bit more variety in hero, minion and spell selections.
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I wonder if anyone could really get away with making (Pink Floyd's) "The Wall" today. Would its subject matter be too controversial for modern tastes?
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Growing evidence that gut bacteria affect mood and behaviour has researchers investigating just how much power these tiny microbes wield over our mental health. Now, scientists are starting to come up with answers.
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I really liked the film. But THIS looks amazing! (and they got JC's look right too). Constantine NBC Official Trailer [HD] | CONSTANTINE
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While shredding a small forest's worth of paper today, I found something cool - back when I was still a post-doc, I was sent a scientific paper to review. I pretty much tore it to shreds, in a constructive way - but I found the printout I made of what I said and I wondered what became of that paper and whether it was ever published.

Now I found my review again, I had a look for the paper, and here it is! It was by Steve Vance, and it was published in Icarus in 2005. And I am happy to note that they did incorporate most of my suggested fixes and they explained what I thought wasn't clear, and they thank me for my review in the Acknowledgements at the end :). 

My science career may not have worked out for me, but it's nice to know that (beyond my LPSC abstracts) I did do something to make someone's Science better :)

http://www.academia.edu/507478/Layering_and_double-diffusion_style_convection_in_Europas_ocean
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Well i was never anonymous about it in the first place :).

Though actually I think all paper reviews should be double-blind - anonymous reviewers who don't know the authors of the papers they're reviewing. Then you know they're just reviewing the science and not being biased about the authors.
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Breaking out the Tantive IV! This is the first mission of the "Point of No Return" campaign. #xwingminiatures  
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Being a periodic table nerd, I love this series on elements that the Beeb is doing - this time, it's Tungsten!  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28263683
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I don't think one could rightly call this a "miniature"... (it's a bloody gorgeous model though!). 
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This is the biggest one (so far). Most of the individual fighters are a couple of inches across - you may not need a gymnasium but you'd need a pretty big table to do a really big battle :)
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!) and science blogger, roleplayer, 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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  • 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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