OK, this is pretty damn cool

You know, if listening to a bunch of self-serving speeches to the UN General Assembly is your thing, I can’t blame you. Heck, Vladimir Putin is explaining about how he personally plans to make the world safe for freedom and democracy on my TV as I write this. But for my money, nothing any of… Continue reading OK, this is pretty damn cool

People managed to land a probe on a comet without destroying either the probe or the comet

This is pretty freaking cool: “This is a big step for human civilisation,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, the director-general of the European Space Agency (Esa). Shortly after the touchdown was confirmed, Stephan Ulamec, the mission’s lander chief, said: “Philae is talking to us… we are on the comet.” The first pictures from the surface have already… Continue reading People managed to land a probe on a comet without destroying either the probe or the comet

Failure to communicate

You may remember a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, that killed 308 people and wound up causing seven members of Italy’s National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks to be convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the quake. I had forgotten all about it until I found a piece on… Continue reading Failure to communicate