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Virgin Galactic Spaceport – it's not Lossiemouth

Richard Branson’s Virgin empire has announced that it has leased a site for its first Virgin Galactic spaceport.  Not surprisingly, they haven’t gone for RAF Lossiemouth as proposed by the Scottish National Party. It’s been quite some road for Richard… Continue reading →

Stalin – voted third greatest Russian?

The BBC reports that Stalin has been voted into third place in a poll for the greatest Russian, held by a Russian TV station. Never mind that he was born in Gori in Georgia! (You may recall Gori from the… Continue reading →

Royal Mail Darwin 200 stamps

The Royal Mail has issued (or will issue) stamps to celebrate the upcoming Darwin anniversary.  There’s also a miniature sheet, depicting the Galapagos Islands, and a variety of the specialised fauna found there. I think they are particularly attractive, and… Continue reading →

Darwin 200 at the Open University

The Open University is hosting a web page devoted to the upcoming Darwin 200 anniversary.  Usefully, it’s also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species (free e-book, web book), possibly the most influential work in science… Continue reading →

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