John Howell

Marvel’s Doctor Strange trailer impresses

Having been disappointed by Marvel’s Captian America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, and only mildly amused by Dead Pool, I’m hoping for a distinct improvement when Doctor Strange hits theatres 4…

Elon Musk sending people to Mars in 2024

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has outlined SpaceX’s ambitious plans to send people to Mars as early as 2024. Speaking at the 2016 Recode Conference, he explained he intends to start…

Neal Stephenson reading guide

US science fiction writer Neal Stephenson is perhaps best known for his outstanding novel Cryptonomicon, an epic science fiction tale that switches between Allied codebreakers working at Bletchley Park during…

Why do we never see the moon’s dark side?

While different parts of the moon are lit up at different times, we never see it all as it rotates with only one side facing the Earth. The Moon’s dark side…

Atlas robot taunted by its creators

While the dreams of an intelligent robotic assistant seem a long way off, the engineering feats required to build a human facsimile are advancing rapidly. Not that you’re likely to confuse Atlas the robot in…

Jurassic World fails to deliver

Twenty years after Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and its two forgettable sequels, you may have hoped for a few new ideas and at least some above average special effects from Jurassic World…

China aims for the moon’s dark side

Chinese state media has announced it will launch a probe to the moon’s dark side in 2018. While NASA’s Apollo missions and various spacecraft have orbited the moon’s dark side before, no country has…