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The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

2008-12-26

 genetics tinker amateur
An amateur astronomer has made a "major astronomical discovery" while accessing a telescope in Hawaii over the internet while at work in the UK.

2010-03-22

 amateur astronomy comet
A group of Danish rocket enthusiasts trying to launch a dummy 30km into the sky had to abort the mission when a valve on their rocket jammed.

2010-09-05

 rocket launch Denmark Copenhagen space amateur
A team of amateur British space enthusiasts has achieved a world first by sending a paper plane into space. The plane, made of paper straws and covered in paper, was launched in Spain using a helium balloon. A camera on the plane's wing captured dramatic images as it flew back down through the earth's atmosphere. The plane eventually landed 25 miles (40km) away from its launch site in a wood and only suffered a small hole in the...

2010-11-11

 space flight probe launch paper amateur
It would be easy to laugh at Chris Nsamba, founder of the African Space Research Programme. For a start, his research centre is based in his back garden where there's not much evidence of the type of sophisticated tools and machinery I'd imagine you need for this kind of work. When I was there, most of the engineers were equipped with just sandpaper and paint brushes. They haven't even started work on the shuttle yet, at the...

2011-08-25

 Uganda Africa space travel space shuttle orbit airplane amateur
Apollo in 1969. Shuttle in 1981. Nothing in 2011. Our space program would look awesome to anyone living backwards through time.

2011

 space balloon DIY amateur