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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: September 2010
Did you know that, seen in high energy gamma rays, the Moon is actually brighter than the Sun? Remarkably, the photons that make up this image carried over 20 million electron volts of energy each. That already sounds like a … Continue reading
“The Earth,” as Carl Sagan once said, “is far too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” I, for one, agree with his sentiment entirely. Indeed, I’ve always been the one to … Continue reading
I was browsing through my list of arXiv papers this morning, when I stumbled across a rather interesting title. Sitting there amidst the usual selection of papers about circumstellar disks and planetary nebulae, I spied this — 2010arXiv1009.4891F: Ferrín: “SCIENTIST … Continue reading
I’ll freely admit than I’m something of a video game culture nut, as well as being a shameless science geek. So when I discover something that makes a reasonably good effort to combine the two, I find it rather exciting! … Continue reading
A friend of mine pointed this story out to me a couple of weeks ago… I’ve been pondering it, but I haven’t had a chance to write anything about it yet. The biggest reason for this is the fact that … Continue reading
I’m going to refrain from using the phrase “Holy Haleakalā”, but I think I’d be perfectly justified in doing so at an image this pretty! (click to galactify) That mysterious looking spiral is a pre-planetary nebula* forming as the dying … Continue reading
I wrote previously about a paper on the detection of fullerenes in the planetary nebula Tc1… And I mentioned then that there was more than one group of researchers working on much the same thing. The other group have now … Continue reading