Monthly Archives: July 2009

Didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to Mare Tranquillitatis…

“Innovating is always risky and costly. But if you don’t do it, you come to a standstill and progress is halted.” I must say, I agree with Greg Fish’s recent post over at World of Weird Things. In fact, I … Continue reading

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Chlorinated sugar…?

I was flicking through the rather marvellous webcomic, Abstruse Goose, recently, when I happened upon this particular comic (click the panel for the full version). Wait, what? Chlorinated sugar? This piqued my curiosity somewhat, so cat-like as ever*, I decided … Continue reading

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Your friendly neighbourhood supergiant!

Good old Betelgeuse. There aren’t many stars close enough that you can actually image them as more than just a point of light. Also known as Alpha Orionis, Betelgeuse is so big and so nearby though, that ESO’s VLT (Very … Continue reading

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Curious about the Red Planet?

Invader Xan is going to Mars! Well… That’s not to say that I’m going to Mars (given the option, I prefer not to talk about myself in the third person). More that my online alias is going to Mars. Once … Continue reading

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Fasten Your Seatbelts

A little video tribute to the Space Shuttle, from the launch pad to the ISS. Spliced together by yours truly. I’m going to miss the big lummox when they retire it.

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Mango flavour compounds

Mangoes really have quite a rich flavour. Rich and complex, with plenty of subtleties. Despite this, they’re actually fairly easy to use in cooking. As it happens, the overall mango flavour is contributed to by a whole host of different … Continue reading

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Interstellar bubbles

I love a good planetary nebula, don’t you? This one, nicknamed the “Cygnus Bubble” was newly discovered just this month! It also goes by the official catalogue name of PN G75.5+1.7 — although that isn’t nearly as inspiring. The Cygnus … Continue reading

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The aftermath of supernovae… in Antarctica

It’s pretty amazing, all the things that get caught up in the Antarctic ice. It’s a prime hunting ground for meteorites, for one thing. The infamous ALH 84001 with its supposed martian microfossils was found in Antarctica. As was the … Continue reading

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Papers…

I must say, I know the feeling about now! Stolen shamelessly from The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

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I’m the Moon!

To celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo moon landings with a bit of silliness… (With a caution for occasional NSFW language!) If you have no idea what that’s all about and you now just think I’m a bit mental, he’s … Continue reading

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