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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: June 2012
As an addendum to my previous post on prospective life on Titan, I should point out a couple of things from those papers I cited… Citing Tobie et al (2006), Mitri et al (2007) state that; “Since Cassini-Huygens indicates that … Continue reading
Our solar system is full of mysteries, and it seems the more we look, the more we find, and the less we can explain. Most recently, the puzzles of the martian methane and the beautifully lethal venusian clouds have been … Continue reading
I have some new pets. Quite a multitude of them, actually. In fact, easily over a hundred. Good thing they’re all under a centimetre in size! Brine shrimp are pretty amazing little things. You might know them better as sea … Continue reading
The Soviet Union were brilliant. Well, at least they were in some ways. Sure, they got a fair few things really quite wrong and messed a few things up badly which eventually led to their undoing, but I’ve always admired … Continue reading
Well, that last post was depressing wasn’t it? Quickly now… That’s exactly why I keep one of these on standby!
“So if I were to do another PhD, do you suppose that would make me a doctor squared?” The funny thing is, I actually remember joking about this over a beer one evening a few years ago. At first glance, the … Continue reading
I found myself really quite dejected today at the state of the postdoctoral jobs market. And with that, I find my concern mounting that I’m in danger of becoming one of those bitter people. If I’m honest, it’s probably just that I’m … Continue reading
This, which I probably should have posted first, is the inspiration I had behind writing this. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s speech. “We Stopped Dreaming.” I have a lot of things I could say to this, but I’m not going to. Not … Continue reading
I have an article published over on Australian Science, all about the future of the internet – concerning such things as having twitter conversations from Mars, networking old spacecraft, and why playing Halo online would suck if you were on … Continue reading