Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mmmm… peppery!

Did you know that there’s a twitter feed called molecule of the day? So now, courtesy of twitter, I get a text message every day containing one randomly selected interesting molecule. This is now one of my new favourite things … Continue reading

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I don’t even

Ugh… I’m just going to cut this one immediately, so anyone who doesn’t want to hear me whining about wavelength calibration can go on about their business!

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The Wisdom in X-rays

I’m genuinely honoured to have a guest blog post today in Nature’s Soapbox Science blog about the repurcussions of the recent plug being pulled on the ATHENA X-ray telescope. I’m quite proud of this one. Please do go over and … Continue reading

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Space Dragon!

In other news, SpaceX has officially made history. The Dragon capsule is currently in orbit around planet Earth. The first orbital spacecraft the world has ever known, which was fully developed and launched by a private company. We may not … Continue reading

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Top 10 Toxic Hydrides

So I wanted to write a post for the Toxic Carnival but found myself not entirely sure what to write about. I mean… I don’t know a huge amount about cool biogenic toxins like tetrodotoxin. Or unicorns, for that matter. … Continue reading

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How to diffract a Cadbury’s creme egg…?

It’s quite easy to talk me into doing silly things. Actually, if I’m honest, it’s very easy. Especially if those silly things are entertaining and tenuously scientific. For instance, I’m writing this because of a conversation (with certain people) about … Continue reading

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Eclipsed

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful eclipse pictures I’ve ever seen. Seriously. It’s just incredible. The detail is breathtaking. The composition is exquisite. It’s been circulating the internet for the past day or so with people saying that … Continue reading

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Dark blunder

So, you know when you accidentally misplace 83% of the mass of the Universe? Wait… what? Ok, let me backtrack a minute. Do you remember last month there was a press release from ESO saying how it a study had … Continue reading

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Science Calling

I’m rather happy to say that I have a guest blog post on Science Calling all about the search for life in the Universe! Science Calling is a quite wonderful blog all about public engagement and science in Ireland, and … Continue reading

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Model spaceships

This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date. The past, the present, and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown … Continue reading

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