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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Monthly Archives: July 2008
Miraculin is one of those lovely and bizarre chemicals that fools your nerves (in a tenuously similar way to capsaicin). Occuring naturally in these little red West African berries, it’s completely tasteless and odourless. What’s amazing about miraculin is that … Continue reading
Old McDonald had a molecule ene-yne-ene-yne-one! (Is it incredibly geeky of me that I find that hilarious?)
Have you ever wondered what the night sky might look like on a planet outside the Milky Way? Imagine the sight of the entire galaxy hanging in the sky above you. It might look a little like this… Composite image … Continue reading
Time. n. A nonspatial continuum flowing seemingly irreversibly from start to finish. I don’t think I’ve mentioned on here yet, but I’m currently juggling my degree with a job. For a few weeks now, I’ve been part-time Centre Secretary for … Continue reading
So I stumbled upon this list of topics while I was killing some time yesterday. It’s a reading list that the astronomy department give their postgrads to work on. Being an astrochemist, I’m technically in the school of chemistry, not … Continue reading
It’s nice being able to think on a whiteboard. I’m a visual thinker. It helps to be able to visualise things…
So my latest fascination (albeit maybe not what I’ll actually be working on) is the interesting world of chaos theory. Chaos theory, while no longer “fashionable” as a scientific paradigm, is a fascinating piece of science, unfurling a whole world … Continue reading
…has been on the door to my corridor for a couple of weeks now! It amused me, anyway!
As globular clusters go, Omega Centauri is the king. At an estimated 5 million solar masses with a diameter of around 150 light years, it’s by far and away the largest of the 150 or so globular clusters known in … Continue reading