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: June 2009
And this isn’t even me on a good day! Seen and yoinked from dr_nebula
I discovered this a little while ago and have been meaning to post about it for a while. Another reason why us astrochemists are a bit atypical by the standards of virtually all other chemists… The astronomer’s periodic table. Effectively, … Continue reading
So in addition to Supernova Condensate, I’m now also an author on on the collaborative Space Tweep Society blog. A collection of space enthusiasts from Twitter (from all manner of backgrounds). Because, as the tagline says, sometimes 140 characters just … Continue reading
The twin questions of how and where life could begin from prebiotic chemistry are pretty big ones. Indeed, despite the now famous Miller-Urey experiment creating amino acids by zapping simple chemicals with lightning bolts, we’re not much closer to a … Continue reading
I fear that finding this even remotely cool or amusing means that my level of geekiness has reached new depths. Seriously though. Science Scout badges? How could I resist? Well, ok, I could probably resist quite easily, but they amused … Continue reading
Wormholes are bizarre things. Bizarre things which may not actually exist (although in theory, there’s no good reason why they shouldn’t). Predicted by General Relativity, the concept is actually quite simple. If you imagine a Universe in just two dimensions, … Continue reading
I’ve heard people say in the past, how certain things in astronomy (like planet hunting) can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but this is taking that metaphor quite literally. In my random meanderings on the internet … Continue reading
I was about to type the phrase “ice is cool”, but then I realised what I was saying and decided that even I can’t get away with a pun that bad. At least not at the start of a blog … Continue reading
Nope. Not a word. Even though, in a sense, I’ve already talked about it, albeit briefly. Instead, I’m going to talk about the bafflement that’s apparent over press embargoes and what constitutes “public domain”. Am I grabbing the wrong end … Continue reading