Andrew Thompson

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ESP8266: This $5 Microcontroller with Wi-Fi is now Arduino-Compatible

<i>This is the 1st part of a series of 3 posts on the new ESP8266 microcontroller</i><p>I only talk about a bare handful of new boards because most of them don’t pass my test: whether they’ll let me do something today that I couldn’t do yesterday.<p>But every once in a while a new board, or a chip, comes along …

My Favorite Place in Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

One usually gets to the <b>Giant’s Causeway</b> by way of Bushmills. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a distillery in the village that makes that great Irish whiskey.<p>I’d driven north from Belfast on narrow roads that stitch the Irish hills together like an old quilt. Somewhere in County Antrim I encountered a …

Ireland

Ancient Mars May Have Had Slow-Moving Monster Waves

Surfing may have been a more epic undertaking on ancient Mars than it is on modern-day Earth because of the possible existence of giant, slow-moving …

Scientists Uncover Yet Another Cambrian Weirdo

There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. The creature at the top of this post isn’t an April Fool’s joke, nor is it a Lovecraftian nightmare. Named <i>Yawunik kootenayi</i>, the archaic arthropod is a real animal that undulated through Earth’s seas 508 million years …

Paleontology

Mystery of Gas Giant Planets' Death Spiral May Be Solved

Material falling onto the core of a growing gas giant may provide the push needed to keep the newborn planet from spiraling into its star, new …

How ion thruster technology will power future NASA missions

For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own Hall thrusters to power future missions. If …

Space Exploration

Giant alien planet has four suns in its sky

Planets with four suns in their sky may be more common than previously thought, a new study suggests.<p>Astronomers have spotted a fourth star in a planetary system called 30 Ari, bringing the number of known planet-harboring quadruple-sun systems to two. Numerous two- and three-star exoplanets have …

Could we get to Mars in 39 DAYS? Nasa selects companies to develop super fast deep-space engine

• <b>Company in Texas has been asked to develop its revolutionary engine</b>• <b><br>Ad Astra's Vasimr engine could apparently get to Mars in 39 days</b>• <b><br>It is one of 12</b> …

Axiom Verge review: jagged edge

<i>Axiom Verge</i> is a wonderful example of both the strengths and limits of imitation and nostalgia.<p>It's damn near impossible to talk about <i>Axiom Verge</i> without also discussing Metroid, Nintendo's legendary, exploration-heavy action series. This is a game that wears its affection for <i>Metroid</i> — both the …

Indie Gaming