Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

Flash Fiction – Echo

For the Daily Prompt – Echo The phone was face up and flashing strange colors and messy squiggle shapes that vibrated across the screen.  All she had done was try to send a text message.  A very important text message. Vanessa slammed her phone down onto the table and swore.  A brand new Nine, with all the updates.  A line of phones that had never expressed the Bug before. Nothing she’d read before buying had mentioned the Bug finally getting to her preferred phone brand. Deep breath.  Fine. She glanced down at the mess of notes scattered across the kitchen table.  It was 3am and she’d already been up for an hour… Read More

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Pandemic Microbes, Dark Matter, China on the Moon: Your Weekend Reading

Friday has arrived, with the swiftness of a desert tortoise crossing a state highway. Here is your recommended reading for the weekend. Mars. Scientists on the space station exposed two types of Antarctic microbes to simulated Mars-like conditions, and found that they’d probably survive if introduced to Mars. Science Fiction. Some lovely people are making a documentary about science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded them some funds, but won’t pony it up until the rest of the production costs are raised. So, Kickstarter to the rescue, of course. China on the Moon. In 2013, China sent a lander to the Moon,… Read More

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