Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Thermodynamics of Life

Now I’m a big fan of alternative biochemistry theories in the search for extraterrestrial life. It seems logical to think that given the size of the universe and the number of possible environments out there, life might have found more … Continue reading

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Twit.

So I’m now on Twitter. Which, I suppose, makes me a twit? If you care to read whatever random garble I’m twiting, you can find me on there by my usual alien alias. Admittedly, I haven’t twitten very much yet… … Continue reading

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Quintessence of Dust

Every once in a while, I see a picture that simply stuns me. I have to say, this is one of them. A gorgeous Hubble image of NGC 7049, in the constellation of Indus. It’s also a Brightest Cluster Galaxy … Continue reading

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Fun with micrometeorites…

I have to hand it to BBC News, their headline of “Tiny rock excites astrochemists” amused me so much, I just had to take a look at the story. It concerns a micrometeorite dubbed MM04 — a 150 micron basaltic … Continue reading

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Merrily merrily merrily merrily

Life is but a dream

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Unfamiliar Territory

A lot of people talk about the rush they get from physical excercise. How it’s energising and invigorating, and how they enjoy it for the buzz it gives them. I get that from excercising my mind. Seriously. Although I suppose … Continue reading

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Hello allicin!

So as everyone knows, chopping onions makes you cry. I’ve seen people chop onions wearing swimming goggles to try and prevent tears and, interestingly, this can actually work. But not necessarily for the reason you think. Allow me to explain… … Continue reading

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Tycho’s Supernova

I haven’t written about anything astronomical in over a month. That’s disgraceful! And I call myself an astronomy blogger? Time to remedy this, methinks… So in keeping with my favourite subject, this beautiful plasmatic puffball is the remnant of Tycho’s … Continue reading

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Espresso data

A lesson for today; don’t judge a thesis by its cover. Sometimes these things can be apparently rather diminutive, but contain an incredible amount of condensed information. Others can be huge, but have protracted amounts of waffle. At the end … Continue reading

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TGRWT #16 Roundup

I’ve had a great response to this month’s challenge, and I’ve received a vibrant selection of gastronomical delights from far and wide. So without further ado, here’s what everybody cooked up! Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for your mouths to water… … Continue reading

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