Relics of the Reservation

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Try The Sad Science of 'Batty Boffins' who is aided by his economy class assistant Sara Deckskii, hindered by the Chimps Cid and Al (Cider and Ale) and challenged, and occasionally threatened, by an alien who has no name we know of.



Last updated: 10th November 2014
Radio telescopes are instruments that are used to detect radio signals in space. They are also invaluable for collecting data from satellites and tracking their position.
Time capsules are a popular way of preserving the present for examination at a later date by future generations. Current artefacts are placed in a sealed container, quite often cylindrical, and buried where it cannot be disturbed easily.
The SETI Institute is an organisation that is involved in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. It is involved in a number of activities that are intended to discover other intelligent life in the Universe.
Polarised lenses can be used to reduce reflected glare on the source of water by removing the horizontal portion of the light. This is useful but it also has a negative effect on LCD screens, making them difficult to see.
The Earth has an ionosphere caused by ultra violet rays breaking apart atoms of air, ionising it. The Moon does not have an atmosphere and so should not have an ionosphere, but it does. It was discovered that ultra violet rays were acting on grains of dust ionising them, and the Moon is a very dusty place.
There is a decline in the Bee population. This has been linked to pesticides and habitat loss.
Acid rain has long been identified as having a negative impact on the environment, causing serious damage to forests and vegetation. It is caused by emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide reacting with rainwater passing through the atmosphere, creating and acid. Acids normally have a low pH value.
Radio telescopes usually have a central antenna that picks up the signals reflected from a a large disc surrounding it.
All you need for your own time capsule is an air and water tight container, and somewhere to put it that won't be disturbed for a very long time.
It is not well understood what the consequences of an encounter with alien species would be.
Polarised lenses are popular for sunglasses
The Moon does actually have a very thin atmosphere caused by gases escaping from rocks.
Bees are an essential part of the well being of Earth's Eco-system. Their decline is worrying scientists all over the world.
Huge swathes of forest in the Northern latitudes have been damaged by acid rain
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