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The Golden Record – Voyager’s Message in a Bottle


Voyager's Golden RecordThe Voyager spacecraft has recently left the orbital limits of our solar system. It is now the furthest any made-made object has travelled from Earth.

If you’re not old enough to remember the launch, Voyager left carrying a golden record containing a sample of sounds and images from Earth. So should any extraterrestrial life encounter Voyager in deep space, those beings should be able to listen and view the sounds of our civilisation.

If you go to the Golden Record web-site http://goldenrecord.org/, you can see exactly what NASA placed on the golden record, “a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials.” …

Check Out One Book Per Month On Amazon Kindle Lending Library

Image: Steaci Library by Raysonho@Open Grid Scheduler, Wikimedia CommonsE-books may not kill off the lending library after all; at least for Amazon Kindle owners.

Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library will allow Kindle users to check out one e-book a month from the library to be returned without buying. Which all sound fine until you get to the small print.

The service is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $79/year and it will only work on Kindle devices – a Kindle app on a smartphone doesn’t count. The service is limited to one book per month and is controlled by Amazon’s Digital Rights Management, so when you ‘return’ your library book it is deleted from your device. …