Shattered Icon, by Bill Napier

Shattered Icon, by Bill Napier

Bill Napier first came to my attention when I read The Lure, reviewed here two years ago, which I said was “one of the most thoughtful, realistic and exciting first contact novels I've ever read.” Shattered Icon (also sold as Splintered Icon) is the fourth of his books I've read.

As is often the case with Napier's novels, there are two interleaved stories. The principal one is set in the present day and…

Shattered Icon, by Bill Napier

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Dear residents of Tuscumbia, Alabama… you’re not being invaded.

Really, Alabama? In 2013 your residents are still freaking out over fake radio broadcasts about alien invasions? And do you really think aliens landing in Alabama would be conducting tests on what types of music you like to listen to?

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From the local Tuscubmia, Alabama, Times Daily newspaper…

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Dear residents of Tuscumbia, Alabama… you're not being invaded.

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Astronaut Candidate Survival Training

The countenance of astronaut candidate Christina M. Hammock signals her success at fire-starting, a technique that will help sustain her for three days in the wilderness. As the first phase of their extensive training program along the way to become full-fledged astronauts, eight new candidates spent three days in the wild participating in their wilderness survival training, near Rangeley, Maine. Credit: NASA (More at…

Astronaut Candidate Survival Training

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Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity

This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Curiosity photographed this annular, or ring, eclipse with the telephoto-lens camera of the rover's Mast Camera pair (right Mastcam) on Aug. 17, 2013, the 369th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. Curiosity paused during its drive that sol for a set of observations that the camera team carefully calculated…

Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity

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NASA and 3D printer

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57600325-76/nasa-successfully-tests-3d-printed-rocket-components/

Hi there. Well, as topic says, nasa using advanced 3D printing technology, for building ships for space flights. Great job guys! Not for nothing, there are movies about Nasa! ( no sarcasm and irony)
As you can read, by the link, such way of “creating” seems to be more efficent, than traditional. Anyway, it's a good news for humanity's space dreams, don't you think! (y)

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Hubble Peers at a Cosmic Optical Illusion

At first glance, this Hubble picture appears to capture two space giants entangled in a fierce celestial battle, with two galaxies entwined and merging to form one. But this shows just how easy it is to misinterpret the jumble of sparkling stars and get the wrong impression — as it’s all down to a trick of perspective. By chance, these galaxies appear to be aligned from our point of view. In the foreground, the irregular dwarf galaxy PGC 16389 — seen here as a cloud of stars — covers its…

Hubble Peers at a Cosmic Optical Illusion

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Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A…

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

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Role of Cleaning Chemicals in Household Management

We all know that well maintained wall surfaces and floor surfaces add elegance to the interiors. cleaning chemicals play a pivotal role in keeping the surroundings of household crystal clean. Cleaning of surroundings turns out to be difficult when dust as well as dirt accumulate on wall surfaces. Floor and carpet cleaning chemicals is an effective way to get rid of various dirt particles from the floor surface. Cleaning chemicals permit you to…

Role of Cleaning Chemicals in Household Management

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