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: June 2012
What do oregano and tequila have in common? The answer is this stuff! Carvacrol is a monoterpenoid phenol which is the main aroma compound in oregano, causing that sweet and warm (if slightly pungent) aroma when you add a sprinkle … Continue reading
Despite what you might think at first glance, these aren’t actually images of planets. Though they do a very good impression of them! These are, in fact, part of a brilliant project by artist Christopher Jonassen, entitled Devour. Despite the … Continue reading
Something I’ve often wondered about Earth – would our civillisation be detectable from another star, by the light of our cities? It may sound silly at first, but hear me out. Most of the street lights in the world are … Continue reading
If you seek only easy problems to solve, then ultimately, there’ll be nothing about you to distinguish yourself from others.
As the old adage goes, when looking up at the stars – what if there’s someone else out there looking back at us. But what exactly would they be looking with? Eyes are probably one of evolution’s greatest inventions. And … Continue reading
This beautifully intricate piece of orbital photography is, believe it or not, a close up of surface of Mars, near a meteor impact site. Not so red right there, is it? Dig below Mars’ butterscotchey exterior and you can find … Continue reading
Science isn’t about why, it’s about why not. You ask: why is so much of our science dangerous? I say: why not marry safe science if you love it so much. – Cave Johnson, Aperture Science Look at me still … Continue reading
A couple of days ago, the slightly awesome Randall Monroe of XKCD made an infographic of all 786 confirmed exoplanets. To scale. Be careful. The amazingness of something like this actually needs a warning label. Something like this really puts … Continue reading
I never really got gender. There are a lot of things about society that I just don’t get, but defining people based on their genetics and physical traits is easily the biggest one. So needless to say, while issues of … Continue reading