On this blog, as well as on many other parts of the internet, I go by the pseudonym of Invader Xan. I’m a research fellow in Molecular Astrophysics working in Japan, and I’m a firm believer in the fact that science can and should be for everyone.
I don’t entirely know when I became interested in science. As far as I’m aware, I always have been. Understanding the way the world works and looking into the awesome machinery of nature has been a fascination for me since the earliest memories I have. For me, the romance of a sunset isn’t spoiled by understanding it – it’s enhanced. The world around us is exquisitely intricate and complex. If that isn’t beautiful, I don’t know what is.
When not being sciencey, you can usually find me gazing at the sky, mixing cocktails, playing my ukulele or my bass guitar, or spinning fire poi. Je voudrais voir le monde entier!