Iran's announcement that it has sent a monkey into space has caused a bit of a stir. Space exploration- that highest frontier of transformative technology pushing out beyond the Earth- has long reigned as futuristic and radical as science can get.
Ever since my first encounter with the glowing blue introduction text of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.." I have enjoyed a boundless love affair with outer space.
Because India's most sophisticated Diwali rocket is perceived to be an exercise in technological and geopolitical showboating, Mangalyaan-1's headline-grabbing exploits obscure an objective appreciation of what is unquestionably one of the world's greatest single contributors to human development: ISRO, and the Indian space programme.
Unlike France, the US and most other countries, UK companies involved in activities in space are strictly liable without limit for damage caused to aircraft in flight or on the surface of the earth. That is because governments are liable under the outer space treaties and because the UK government requires UK companies to indemnify it.
"Everything came about, not unlike in the film, through adversity. Jonas Cuaron, my son, and I had written a script that we were prepping and then the financial crisis happened and the film fell apart..."
Gravity is simply beautiful to look at, a galactic ballet, if you like. Tears float like bubbles and flames curls like tendrils of golden ringlets, and all the while planet Earth is spread out before the astronauts, an awe-inspiring tableaux. Meanwhile, Jonas Cuaron's script ups the ante at every turn, keeping us hooked and fully invested in the story all the way.
If the divide between rich and poor needed to be brought sharply into focus any more than it already is, then Richard Branson feeling hard done by about receiving criticism over his Virgin Island home maybe, possibly being a tax haven - which it isn't, because he told everyone so - sharpens that focus like a magnifying lens on an ant who's fallen on hard times.
Every generation has a sci-fi film that defines it, a game changer. 2013 sees Gravity hitting cinemas and this doesn't just change the game but win the game, start another one and win that too. Gravity is nothing short of a revelation and THIS is what cinema is all about.
In the interests of progressive science, compassion and Iran's reputation, we've contacted ISA once again asking that it stop shooting animals into space and urging it to put a stop to these useless, misguided missions.
Starvation, muscle-related diseases, destruction of the global natural ecosystems, animal suffering and space colonization are only a few of the reasons that make musculoskeletal tissue engineering a worthwhile science to pursue.
It's been just over two years since Nasa mothballed the Space Shuttle, but did you know that the Soviet Union built an almost identical shuttle known as Buran? It was primarily for defence purposes in response to the perceived military threat posed by the United States' shuttle programme.
We need a strategic approach to industry - but have we gone overboard? Where we used to have nothing, now we have a huge range of government and TSB initiatives with which the private sector must engage.
Britain is an innovative, creative nation with world leading industries in engineering manufacturing and services. Our entrepreneurs continue to develop new products that take on the world. Manufacturing's share of national output may have fallen but we remain a major and successful manufacturing nation.
Euclid is a space telescope planned for launch in 2020 by the European Space Agency, and will make a map of the distribution of billions of galaxies in the Universe. This will make it possible to map the history and evolution of the dark Universe, which is the name given to describe everything we do not understand about the Universe.
I've loved the States as long as I can remember loving things, so probably since I was about three. I don't think any other place on earth is as exciting to a British child. After all, Harry Potter and James Bond aside, it's where they make the movies.
Over 80,000 people have registered, and paid a deposit, to express their interest in being part of a reality TV programme that aims to send a small number of people to Mars to establish the first colony there.