May 19, 2017

Weekend Reads - RAW 179529



This week's breaking news, apart from the new Star Trek Discovery TV series trailer dropping, is the amazingly well preserved dinosaur found in a quarry, by accident! Along with that we look at how science fiction writers are shaping our future, the next mission to Pluto, encasing radioactive material in glass plus much more.

So this weekend when it's time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and have a read of the following articles.

Start by reading through my latest three articles:






A 110 million-year-old fossil of an armored, plant-eating dinosaur called a nodosaur is the best-preserved specimen of its kind.



You can read a more detailed article about this discovery over at National Geographic



The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often, amazingly, come true.

5 Women Writers Who Have Made Space Opera their Own including Elizabeth Moon. Moon is just one of many female writers who have come to claim the genre for their own. Here’s four more of them.

Christian books are an amazing resource that God has given us. Like most of you, I’m so thankful to God for the many authors that have shaped and strengthened my convictions and character—but as I read Christian books, I’ve oscillated between two extremes.

The Pluto-shaped void in our hearts has yet to be filled by Planet 9, copious amounts of Ben & Jerry's, or anything. Ever since the winter of 2015, when NASA's New Horizons performed a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons, fans of the dwarf planet have wondered if or when we'd ever go back.

The idea of traveling through time (and space) with the man (or woman) from Gallifrey is a magical idea, and one that currently remains in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. However, a new study in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity has highlighted, once again, that it’s certainly mathematically possible.

How do you handle nuclear waste that will be radioactive for millions of years, keeping it from harming people and the environment? Goel, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the primary inventor of a new method to immobilize radioactive iodine in ceramics at room temperature.


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