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: April 2010
Well, this is intriguing. One of the defining characteristics of a lot of life on Earth is the need for oxygen. Oxygen molecules are a ready source of energy that macroscopic lifeforms like you and I take full advantage of. … Continue reading
Remember Epsilon Aurigae? Well, it looks like the mystery behind it is at least partially solved! Since 1821, the star has been observed to drop in brightness every 27 years. Now, by using the CHARA array at Georgia State University, … Continue reading
After my last post, I was asked by my friend Alice (from over at the zooniverse*) about what kind of tenuous chemical bonds might form in interstellar space, and why they might be destroyed at higher pressures. I agreed to … Continue reading
Now, when most people think about space, they imagine it to be a total vacuum. Completely empty of anything whatsoever. The thing is, that’s not quite true. Those spaces between the stars aren’t quite as empty as you might think. … Continue reading
This lovely little molecule is dopamine. It’s manufactured in your body from the amino acid L-tyrosine and is a precursor to adrenaline. I’m rather fond of dopamine, and I daresay so are you. Whoever you might be. You see, dopamine … Continue reading