Category Archives: Science

The Black Arrow: When Britain Launched A Satellite

In the news this week, the battered first stage of a Black Arrow rocket has arrived in Scotland, after spending over forty-seven years resting in the Australian outback, where it crashed down following its successful launch. But what’s so special about this … Continue reading

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Where No Space Probe Has Gone Before

This week has been a pretty significant one in the history of space exploration, as no less than three different space probes achieved important milestones in their missions. At 5:33am GMT on 1st January, the New Horizons probe passed within … Continue reading

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Real Space Voyages at Destination Star Trek

When I went to the Destination Star Trek convention at the National Exhbition Centre in Birmingham last Saturday, it was as a casual Star Trek fan. I was pleased to say hello to and get autographs from some of the guests, … Continue reading

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A Baby Snake in Amber!

Amber, or fossilised tree sap, has the ability to beautifully preserve the remains of animals and plants that become trapped in it. In the film Jurassic Park (and the novel it was based upon), the whole concept of bringing dinosaurs … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Profiles: Stegosaurus

Pictured: Sophie the Stegosaurus, at the Natural History Museum in London. Found in Wyoming, she is the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton known to date. Photo taken by myself in February 2018. Before I saw Jurassic Park, and Velociraptor captured my … Continue reading

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Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall

On Friday, my dad and I went down to London together to see the show Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a one-night-only event, and had been presented as a blend of “science, music, comedy and wonder” … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Profiles: Velociraptor

Time to talk dinosaurs – and what better dinosaur to talk about than the source of my blog’s web address, the Velociraptor? The Jurassic Park franchise created an image of Velociraptor as a merciless supreme predator, which combined lightning speed, … Continue reading

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Falcon Heavy: About to Launch!

Tomorrow, at 1:30pm EST, we are hopefully going to see another milestone in modern spaceflight as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket makes its first launch from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Admittedly, there is no guarantee that the … Continue reading

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Borealopelta: A Dinosaur with Camouflage

Recently, a new paper was published describing an amazing dinosaur fossil, discovered in a mine in Alberta, Canada in 2011. The new species was named Borealopelta markmitchelli, meaning “Mark Mitchell’s northern shield”, after a technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum … Continue reading

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A Great Dinosaur Enigma Solved!

I maintain a healthy interest in palaeontology these days, but looking back to the dinosaur-obsessed days of my childhood, I’m amazed just how much our knowledge of dinosaurs has changed. Things I thought I knew then are totally out of … Continue reading

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