University bid to find signs of alien life - Edinburgh University that is, looking for life on, where else, Mars. It's not that long ago that when discussing Martian features that looked just like terrestrial run off, flood plains and so on, it was stated at a talk I attended that we didn't really know what they were or what might have formed them. Lava, it was suggested, or "god forbid" water. The idea that there might have been liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars wasn't even entertained. Now it's part of the standard model of Martian geohistory, we know the polar caps are water ice and that there's a permafrost layer. Sounds like these guys in Edinburgh want to go and dig around in it for extremophiles. Rock!
As the Ouya arrives, another Android powered Kickstarter funded indie game console slips. This won't change the world either, not by itself at any rate. The specs for these machines look underpowered to me, or at least unambitious. You can get phones with similar specs free with your contract, and similiarly specced tablets you can carry around with you. On the other hand, perhaps the price point is pitching low because these things are only meant to have a similar upgrade cycle and you'll buy a new one every Christmas. I've been using a cheap arse Android tablet as pretty much our sole video player for several months and it's been surprising brilliant. We will the tv manufacturers wake up and just bake Android in?
Science moves step closer to developing hydrogen as cheap and clean energy form - you hear that? Science wins! Although described clunkingly poorly. So poorly, now I read it again, that I'm slightly embarrassed to have included the link.