Supernova Condensate is a blog about our place in the Universe. Of astronomy, chemistry and life in the big bad bubble of academia.
Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Category Archives: academia
So yesterday afternoon I arrived in Taipei for a weeklong conference about cosmic dust, and as I write this I’m relaxing in a rather comfortable hotel room. Interestingly enough, this marks the 4th country I’ve visited across 2 continents over … Continue reading
The Japanese shop, Muji, has had a few UK branches for quite a number of years now. It surprised a few of my friends here in Tokyo when I told them this, but I’ve been periodically buying things there for … Continue reading
It seems that my subconscious hasn’t quite acclimatised yet, to the fact that I’m in a different country. Normally, if I was leaving for a conference in two days time, I’d be fastidiously organising, planning, and making arrangements. However, seeing … Continue reading
I stumbled across a link the other day, posted to Facebook by a friend of mine, entitled “the 9 kinds of physics seminar“. And my gosh. It strikes the nail perfectly on the head. I feel compelled to re-post 4 … Continue reading
Gosh, well that turned out to be rather a long hiatus, didn’t it? Ever since the vivapocalypse, life seems to have been all systems go. Evidently, moving to the other side of the planet to start a new job is … Continue reading
There are some times in this crazy academic lifestyle which make all of the hardships and woes entirely worthwhile. This, my dear readers, right here and right now. This is precisely one of those moments. As I type this, I’m … Continue reading
As I often say, ultraviolet is my favourite colour. Actually, when I say this I’m not being entirely facetious. The ultraviolet part of the spectrum is a helpful area for people like me. Helpful but… also troublesome. You see, optical … Continue reading
By a delightfully serendipitous turn of events, numerous friends of mine from days past are presently in town. This is apparently entirely coincidental, but it’s great to be able to celebrate with them. It’s also quite exciting to have a … Continue reading
Something very exciting happened the other day. Not only did I survive my PhD viva, but it actually went rather well★. I’d go so far as to say that it was even quite enjoyable, having a detailed technical discussion about … Continue reading