Monthly Archives: April 2012

Could life be any sweeter?

Take a look at these four molecules. They’re all fairly similar, right? These are all types of monosaccharide furanose sugar. Sugars which are chemically based on a single pentagon shaped ring. At a glance, you probably can’t see much difference … Continue reading

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Orbital coffee

Just imagine if you will, that you’re an astronomy PhD student about 100 years from now. The newest space telescope has a visitor mode, so your supervisor booked you orbital tickets to spend a week on ISS Three (one of … Continue reading

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Schrödinger’s Nyan Cat

For utterly no reason, except that it amuses me. (For anyone who’s either been living under a rock, or who doesn’t spend enough time on the internet, the original Nyan Cat is here. No it makes no sense. This is … Continue reading

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The Scent of Knowledge

There’s something exceptionally enchanting about the fragrance of old books. I’ve always loved libraries and used bookshops. There’s just some intangible quality about them which grants them a unique atmosphere, found nowhere else. That atmosphere is compounded by the aroma … Continue reading

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So true… (via astropixie)

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Anomaly

So the Pioneer anomaly appears to have finally been solved (I do enjoy a good anomaly). And it really isn’t so anomalous after all. As it happens, there were no unexpected breakdowns of gravitational physics or bizarre outer solar system … Continue reading

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Nothing really matters

In astronomy, as in any science, there are things which we know and things we don’t know. There are also things which we see, and things which we can’t see. Dark matter though, is one of those subjects out there … Continue reading

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Fact of the day:

Pluto has approximately the same surface area as Russia.

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Explosions in the dark…?

Picture the scene. You’re drifting in intergalactic space. There are no stars punctuating the darkness, like there are here on Earth. Instead of stars, the points of light you can see are fuzzier looking. Far fewer points of light than … Continue reading

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24 Hour Planet

(click to aggrandise!) This is possibly one of the most gorgeous photographs I’ve ever seen. I know I’m prone to hyperbole, but this time I really mean it. This is a 360° panorama over 24 hours, with both star and … Continue reading

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