Venus Spinning Even Slower Than Thought—Scientists Stumped

Date: February 29, 2012

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Been busy this week adding the finishing touches to ‘The Self Confidence and Self Esteem Bible’. Whilst waiting for reviews to come back, I thought I’d share this brilliant link with you.

According to this article, Venus is spinning six and a half minutes slower – so a typical Venus day is getting longer!

Venus Spinning Even Slower Than Thought—Scientists Stumped.

More Chance of Life on Other Planets & Congratulations Ice Age Scrat?

Date: February 21, 2012

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According to the latest NASA news, scientists have revealed that there could be as many as 10 BILLION earth-like planets.

The study was based on observations taken over six years. Stephen Kane of NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute at the California Institute of Technology stated that ‘this is encouraging news for investigations into habitable planets.’

What a great opportunity for writers of science fiction/fantasy – and investigations into life in other planets!!

Keeping with the science theme – it has also been reported this week that Russian scientists have resurrected an entire plant!

The Ice Age Flower (the Silene Stenophylla) was regenerated from from fruit tissues in an Ice Age squirrels chamber.

For viewers of Ice Age the movie – good ole Scrat!

Supernova Remnant

Date: January 30, 2012

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I’ve been busy working on product creation again this week (the new book for Self Confidence Workshops http://www.selfconfidenceworkshops.co.uk) so thought I’d share with you another fascinating news item about the universe.

As mentioned on MSN news, the remnants of a supernova have been spotted – and it happened 400 years ago!! (http://news.uk.msn.com/blog/clicksnapwhirr-blogpost.aspx?post=7ddb8469-657f-4b76-9868-1a297e99ed1d) The picture below (via NASA and Reuters) shows the resulting bubble-shaped gas shroud  looks amazing – and somewhat akin to a jelly fish! The universe never ceases to amaze me – this gas shroud is 23 light years across and travelling at more than 11 million miles per hour – figures of this magnitude always make my head hurt!

NASA/Reuters