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Book Review: Mapping Mars (2002) by Oliver Morton; Mars Trilogy (1993-1996) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book Review: Mapping Mars (2002) by Oliver Morton; Mars Trilogy (1993-1996) by Kim Stanley Robinson

In Mapping Mars, Oliver Morton tells the story of what happens with these reams of data sent back by the few dozen missions to Mars over the past half-century, from the low-resolution Mariner images until Mars Global Surveyor of the early 2000s (when this book was published). This contains two parallel histories: the history of humanity’s knowledge of the Red Planet, and models of how Mars’s own history could have created what we see today.

Book Review: Slow Light (2011) by Sidney Perkowitz

Book Review: Slow Light (2011) by Sidney Perkowitz

The concepts of invisibility, teleportation, faster-than-light travel, and the book title itself are the topics highlighted in Slow Light by Sidney Perkowitz, a professor emeritus of physics at Emory University. We are always amazed when we see these phenomena in action as depicted in sci-fi or fantasy movies, especially the famed Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak or Star Trek’s warp drive. Ever wonder how close science and technology are to achieve these “magic”? If you have, then this is the book to whet your curiosity palate.

Film Review: Cloud Atlas

Film Review: Cloud Atlas

It might not be wise to compress a three-hour epic into a mere two-page review when the film consists of six distinct yet interwoven stories spanning across different centuries (from 1849 to 2321), with diverse elements comprising of sci-fi, comedy, romance, action, thriller, and ultimately philosophy. Despite its vast ambitions, Cloud Atlas could be, ironically, one of the most overlooked films of 2012.

Robotic Touch

Robotic Touch

Can robots be made to have tactile sensing? Why should we care about how robot feel and sense touch? Leong Yoke Peng, a PhD student at Caltech explains.

The Importance of Earth Sciences Education

The Importance of Earth Sciences Education

Are we learning enough about our Earth and its processes? Dr Afroz Ahmad Shah explains why it is important for us to educate and increase awareness about earth sciences.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Have scientists finally found a way to eradicate dengue? What are GM mosquitoes and how do they work? Jason Lai explains the use of GM mosquitoes in our fight against the mosquitoes.

A Carbon Tax World: Opportunity or Obligation?

A Carbon Tax World: Opportunity or Obligation?

With increasing CO2 emission and nature taking its toll, it is time for us to shoulder the responsibilities. by Brian Peng Weng Kung I was sitting on a beach when I saw a half-empty bottle of mineral water swept towards the shore. Have you ever […]

Society in Science: The Branco Weiss Fellowship

Society in Science: The Branco Weiss Fellowship

Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship was founded in 2002 by the late Swiss entrepreneur, Dr. Branco Weiss. The aim is to provide researchers a platform to extend their scientific work in the natural sciences and engineering. The foundation is coordinated by ETH […]