Monthly Archives: April 2010

Try not to breathe

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

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Mysterious fadeouts…

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

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H three plus

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

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Something from Nothing

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

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You’ve gone bananas!

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

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I’m doing science and I’m still alive

Academic life is hard. That’s just a fact. Perhaps counterintuitively, this is quite markedly true for a PhD student. Sure, we might have a reputation for procrastination1 and being easily distracted, but that’s all a just a ruse. Truth is, … Continue reading

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