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: October 2008
There’s one thing I’ve come to learn over the past couple of weeks. Whether you’re speaking to a professor, a post doc or a postgrad student — they all give you the same sympathetic look when you mention you’re trying … Continue reading
Ever wonder what a star sounds like? Stars certainly aren’t silent. Actually, they constantly ‘sing’ by oscillating at certain frequencies. Using ESA’s Corot satellite, astronomers have recorded these frequencies and made them into actual sounds. Click that link above to … Continue reading
This is one of the most delicious things I’ve made in months! The fruity pineapple (substituting the tomato in regular salsa) gives a sharper flavour, and the acidic pineapple juice means you don’t need to add any vinegar. Pineapple also … Continue reading
My habaneros are just about ready for harvesting! I’ve grown these little beauties from seed and, despite a couple of outbreaks of spider mites, I’ve finally got a few plants with ripe fruit. This makes me very happy. Seriously, for … Continue reading
Flavour is all about chemistry, as any good molecular chef will be able to tell you! All of those flavours in food that you enjoy so much are due to volatile chemicals in the food itself. Those volatiles interact with … Continue reading
So it turns out, 1:48 EDT is 18:48 over here. Meh. Time zones… But what the hell. IBEX successfully launched, and it’ll hopefully give us a few interesting insights on the outer limits of the Solar system fairly soon!
I just realised — IBEX launches today! At about 7:48pm BST (1:48pm EDT). And it has a launch blog which is live 2 hours beforehand. And I have mead. Mead is good. Though it means I probably won’t be sat … Continue reading
Leave it to those wonderful costa ricans with their fine coffee blends to invent the best way to drink coffee in space! Picture the scene. It’s 7am (Greenwich Mean Time) and you drift into consciousness. You unclip yourself from your … Continue reading
So planets are those lumpy things that orbit stars, right? Well, if all of the recent nonsense about definitions is to be taken seriously. That’s why there are ridiculous terms like “planetar” and “planemo” being thrown about. As far as … Continue reading