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: November 2008
Well… A crunch anyway. Perhaps not the crunch… So feedback on my report was pretty good. All the critique I was hoping for, anyway; I certainly wasn’t expecting everything to be spot on first time (that would be miraculous). Still, … Continue reading
So a big puzzle in astrobiology is where exactly we might find life and what form it may take. Most scientists regard life as having a few prerequisites to exist in the first place; notably water, oxygen, carbon, a temperature … Continue reading
Interestingly, about the time I first started writing about near Earth supernovae, this fascinating paper was already published. Though by some quirk of fate, I’ve only just been able to get a copy of it to read! So as I’ve … Continue reading
You did good, Phoenix. 01010100 01110010 01101001 01110101 01101101 01110000 01101000 ♥ See you, space cowboy.
Tri2Cook’s TGRWT (They Go Really Well Together) #12‘s two ingredients are chanterelle and apricot. So without further ado, here’s a nice little recipe I’ve devised combining just those two things! (With thanks to Khymos for posting about it!) Unfortunately, this … Continue reading
Tis time once more for Carnival of Space (#78), courtesy of Simostronomy. It’s also the first one I’ve submitted an article to. How exciting!
Meh… Sometimes when you’re busy, you just have to let a few things slide, promising yourself that you’ll take care of them later. Sometimes, of course, when you take care of those things later, you realise that you have quite … Continue reading
So it seems, my blog now has a Facebook page. With a wall and everything. Which is somehow bizarre and amusing all at the same time. Even if Facebook doesn’t yet believe that I am who I say I am… … Continue reading
Because it’s seasonal… Food pairing with pumpkins! The major classes of compound that flavour fresh pumpkins are aliphatic alcohols and carbonyls, furan derivatives and sulfur-containing compounds. Major constituents (and foods that will match them) are: (Z)-3-hexenol – broccoli, sweet peppers … Continue reading
So this blog’s called Supernova Condensate, but I realise I’ve never actually written about supernova condensate! Time to fix that, I think… Supernova condensate, often abbreviated to SuNoCon (which sounds like it should be a convention somewhere), is exactly that. … Continue reading