Monthly Archives: July 2008

Miraculin

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

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Old McDonald had a molecule ene-yne-ene-yne-one! (Is it incredibly geeky of me that I find that hilarious?)

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The Magellanic Clouds

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

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Money and Time

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

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Astronomy Reading List

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

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It’s nice being able to think on a whiteboard. I’m a visual thinker. It helps to be able to visualise things…

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Circumstellar Chaos

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

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This sign…

…has been on the door to my corridor for a couple of weeks now! It amused me, anyway!

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Omega Centauri

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

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I’m the Moon!

So I’ve been investigating Global Rent-a-Scope. So far, I like the interface and the simplicity of how it all works. They have 10 operable telescopes in total with varying fields and resolutions. 6 in the northern hemisphere (New Mexico), 4 … Continue reading

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