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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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Monthly Archives: December 2008
The RAE scores for UK Universities are in! Frankly, Nottingham seems to have done extremely well. Seemingly, our School of Chemistry is ranked as the second best in the country (after Cambridge — I think that’s not bad!), and the … Continue reading
So one of the reasons I’ve been so busy lately is that I have a paper deadline to work to! This is quite exciting, because it’s actually my first paper. Assuming it gets accepted. Which it will. So Amit and … Continue reading
It turns out I might’ve been wrong… Enceladus seems to have plate tectonics too!
Because I haven’t posted this here yet — a little video I spliced together a while ago.
Astronomers have found one of the hottest white dwarfs ever recorded! With a temperature of nearly 200,000 kelvins, KPD 0005+5106 is so hot that it has photospheric emission lines in the ultraviolet. That’s never actually been seen before! Emission lines … Continue reading
Another article trawled from New Scientist — about ocean planets around red giant stars. The initial picture this article paints in your mind is quite a poetic one. As a star leaves the main sequence and starts to swell into … Continue reading
In other news, our group now has a terabyte of extra storage space, in the form of two 500GB external hard drives. The intention is that one is to remain in our office as a backup drive, and the other … Continue reading
Ah, not only am I feeling a lot better today, but Carnival of Space #82 is now live, courtesy of Space Disco. Complete with a videolicious introduction. Seems I’m not the only one who’s been writing recently about red dwarfs. … Continue reading
It strikes me that a number of planets* in the solar system get a disproportionately low amount of attention. There have been a number of discussions at great length about Europa, Mars and Titan (and of course, I find these … Continue reading
be⋅lieve /bɪˈliv/ verb, -lieved, -liev⋅ing. –verb (used without object) to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can … Continue reading