Now Microsoft To Buy Skype For Nearly $8 Billion

Remember a few days ago we reported that Facebook were looking to buy Skype? Well the latest news is that now Microsoft Corp. is close to a deal to buy Internet phone company Skype Technologies SA for between $7 billion and $8 billion—the most aggressive move yet by Microsoft to play in the increasingly-converged worlds […]

Successful Test For Virgin Galactic

The test flight on Wednesday marked another milestone in Virgin Galactic’s effort to be the first company to carry tourists into space. “What an awesome way to start the day. SpaceShipTwo looked positively beautiful today on her maiden feathered flight!” Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic vice president for special projects, said in a tweet. During the […]

Facebook To Buy Skype?

Mashable is reporting that two reliable sources say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is talking to Skype about either buying the company or forming a joint venture, according to Reuters. One of the sources said Facebook is considering a buyout of Skype at a price of between $3 billion and $4 billion. Others pointed out that […]

The Final Shuttle Launch

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Space exploration is woven into the fabric of life  on Florida’s central Atlantic coast. Children attend Astronaut High School and Satellite High. The telephone area code – 3-2-1 – reflects the countdown to launch. “I’ll cry when it launches. I’ll cry when it comes back.” said Laverne Woodard, who began working for Nasa as a […]

South African To Put Men On Mars Within 20 Years

If I had this kind of money this is EXACTLY what I would be doing! South African Elon Musk, head of private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years. “We’ll probably put a first man in space in about three years,” Elon Musk told the Wall Street […]

South Africa Says No To Shells Fracking Plans – For Now

South Africa’s government has halted plans by the oil firm Shell to extract natural gas from the Karoo desert by using a method known as “fracking”. The process involves pumping pressurised water, sand and chemicals into the ground to extract the gas. The cabinet decided to stop the development until the ecological consequences have been […]

The Royalist Star By Far

We all know about the Royal family. We know most things about them and we also know that they also use toilet paper. We also know of the legend that a noon day star appeared on the day King Charlles II was born. Edward Matthew described it as “The Most Glorious Star… shining most brightly […]

The World Is Not Ending In 2012 – I Hope

Well I hope not! I’m still young and I don’t want to die at the age of 27. Yes folks I’ll be 27 next year! If you don’t know about it, there’s an event on facebook called ” End of the World Party” and I’m attending. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell was part of a team […]

Things You Can Do With Your Lemon

I wrote an article on things you can do with your cucumber, It was truely a fulfilling experience. Now something you can do with your lemon. Lemons make excellent lemonade , it’s great with tequila and if you don’t have any juice, just add sugar and water and you have your own home made mini […]

The Shuttle’s Final Resting Place

It has been thirty years since the start of the shuttle program and the orbiters are retiring. NASA have announced that these oribiters will spend the rest of their days as museum pieces. I’ll say! If these orbiters could talk I’m sure they would have a lot to say, imagine the stories they would tell. […]

To Space and Beyond – The First Human In Space And The First Shuttle launch

Yes pleeeaaasseee!! Today is THE day. Larger , the

MeerKAT – Looking Back In Time

I’ve written about the stars, about space and about drinking wine while staring into space, and drinking wine while staring at the stars in space. If you know anything about the night sky as we see it you’ll know that when we look at the stars we are basically looking back in time. For example: […]

Branson To Explore The Oceans Next

Not content with just exploring space via Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson has now set his sights on exploring the deep Ocean. Virgin today announced the launch of Virgin Oceanic. I love any sort of exploration and I’m a big admirer of Richard Branson. So this is right up my alley. I can only imagine what […]

Video Inside Virgin Galactic Space Ship

This is insane. When would you think I would ever be writing an article like this? Well folks, the dawn of the age of Human Space exploration on a mass scale has arrived. Virgin Galactic has just released a video of the inside of their Space ship (ja cool hey??) and it’s insane!   Joe […]

Google Goes Up Against Facebooks Like Button

Now Google has entered the world of social suggestion by adding it’s own version of the ‘Like’ button that Facebook revolutionised the web with. Soon you’ll be able to “+1” things from a Google search result. Right now it means totally nothing apparently but I’m sure Google will figure out a way to make this […]

Koeberg Sits Right On A Fault Line

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Yes that’s right folks. After all the mayhem caused by the Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, it’s horribly disconcerting to find out that Koeberg Nuclear power station sits just 8 kilometres away from the Milnerton fault line which is off the coast out to sea. Now the Japanes are a very organised bunch, so I […]

The Final Discovery Flight – Video

The space shuttle Discovery is finally calling it a day… well the craft itself isn’t but you know what I mean! With 39 missions and 13 visits to the International Space Station, it’s time to say goodbye. In a fitting send off, the theme From Star Trek was chosen for the farewell tribute and William […]

Life Found In Space?

Take me to your hot weater heater

Well this could be the news I have been waiting for all my life. It would be so much more newsworthy were it no so ambiguous, but Dr Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre, reckons he has found evidence of life in space (well life practically everywhere) and his findings […]

Durban Agency Offers Tickets For Spaceship Trips

Waking up to a decidedly much cooler Cape Town after all of this, I thought I’d give the news websites a quick scan and I found something very exciting! Those of you that know me know that I like anything to do with space (not just

Stop Fracking With Our Heads

You know this really annoys me. You know I wrote about the Fracking Karoo thing the other day right? Well I have been following this for a number of reasons, firstly because I give a shit about our Earth, and anything that injects chemicals and god knows how many millions of litres of fresh water […]

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