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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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Tag Archives: student life
A friend of mine contacted me recently to ask for help on writing a research proposal, and I said I’d send her an e-mail about it… But after thinking about this carefully, it might be better to make this advice … Continue reading
This past week has been a very difficult one for the astronomical community. And I’ve been watching the whole mess unravel on Twitter. It hasn’t been pretty. But it needs to be told, and we need to shift the focus. … Continue reading
Disconcertingly nigh, by this point. I’m not sure how much more I can really do to prepare. I do need to try and maintain enough focus to get information from my brain to my vocal cords – something I often … Continue reading
If doing a PhD was like playing a video game, then the viva you have to face at the end is a lot like the final boss battle. Yes, I know this seems like a flippant comparison to draw, but … Continue reading
It’s just over a week until my PhD viva. As I’m sure I’ve told a great many people by now, this is slightly terrifying. But then, there’s one thing about that which perhaps not everyone realises. Sometimes being terrified is … Continue reading
6 chapters and 2 appendices, 186 pages, 39 figures, and 52426 words later, the thesis was completed, bound, and submitted. And there was much rejoicing. (Yes I am covering my real name. Pseudonyms and all of that. You know how … Continue reading
I’m pretty worn out. My final thesis deadline is now on the scale of days and, as seems to happen in every single aspect of my life, I’m busily fussing about making sure everything is done as well as I’d … Continue reading
I realise that I’ve been quite notably absent from my blog of late. I do apologise for this, dear readers, but I’ve had rather a lot on my plate these past few weeks. Most notably, this: This is (currently) approximately … Continue reading
This article is a bit more personal than most. Actually a lot more. I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing this, but this blog is intended to be as much about academic life as it is about science, and this … Continue reading