Flowers on Mars? Former East Valley Tribune science reporter, now a NASA rep, weighs in …

There are rumblings online about raw photos from NASA’s Curiosity rover on the Red Planet that show a reflective, translucent anomaly some say looks like a flower. One observer postulated that the object could be plastic debris from the spacecraft, but NASA spokesman Guy Webster — a former science reporter for the East Valley Tribune […]

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Beyond Nerdvana: A potpourri of today’s pop culture and tech news

Curiosity? Whipper-snapper! Opportunity has at least one Martian discovery left in her, but it’s a mystery. AFP Microsoft finds malware being installed on PCs on Chinese production lines. BBC News Godzilla returns May 16, 2014. ICv2 Sega and Nintendo’s great console war chronicled — in anime? Anime News Network, via Topless Robot Wii U games […]

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Run, Martians, run!

In what is probably the funniest book ever written, on any planet, Jack Handey’s, “What I’d Say to the Martians: And Other Veiled Threats” (2008) covered what is probably our most likely response to alien life; and is in keeping with physicist Stephen Hawking’s warning that it would probably be “too risky” to communicate with aliens. But what if our current expedition to Mars really did uncover traces of life on another planet?

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Bradbury biographer’s estate auction a treasure trove of sci-fi, pulp art

Want to own an original piece of sci-fi literary history? A large collection of sci-fi and fantasy art will be auctioned June 27-28 in Beverly Hills, including pieces that have illustrated works by genre master Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this month. The pieces belong to Bradbury biographer Jerry Weist, who passed away last year, […]

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