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About invaderxan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.

With apologies for slightly mutilating Jhonen Vasquez’s post Comic Con doodle. But honestly, it pretty much sums up how I feel, realising all of the stuff I need to do now I’m home…

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As I write this, I’m sitting in Incheon airport in Korea. I am very tired and, once again, courtesy of the International Date Line I’m slightly confused as to what day it is. The reason for my travelling shenanigans this … Continue reading

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Frosty little world

I’m so happy that humanity has visited Pluto within my lifetime. I mean, just look at it! I thought that caramel ice cream would be an appropriate celebration of getting to this butterscotchy-looking little world. Honestly, it’s a fascinating little … Continue reading

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Chemicals are bad, m’kay?

So it’s summertime once more. The lotus flowers are in bloom, everyone’s enjoying ice cream and relaxing in shady spots with cold drinks. There’s just one drawback. Mosquitos. I may be a total pacifist usually, but that does not extend … Continue reading

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I should write here more. I seem to have been on an extended accidental hiatus, and intend on remedying this in the near future…

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The interesting thing about the Universe is that it’s big. Really big.★ With enough space and time, even the rarest events can find time to happen, with bizarre and unusual things happening as a result. And some rather good evidence for … Continue reading

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In other news, here is a selfie taken by a robot on the surface of another planet. I hope you’re having a nice Monday!

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Rules to Live By

I found this on tumblr a few days ago, and really liked it. 11 rules of a scientist’s life. I liked it because it does a good job of summarising the rules which I genuinely try to live by. As … Continue reading

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Ring Ring

Asteroids are just boring hunks of space rock, right? Well, you might have thought so. But you would be wrong. Well… Mostly wrong. Some of them are rather interesting. This particular interesting hunk of space rock is 10199 Chariklo, and … Continue reading

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❝ I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.❞ Vincent Van Gogh

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