Monthly Archives: June 2012

One more thing…

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

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Totally Tropical Titan

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

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Timorous beasties

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

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Soviet Space Art

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

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Well, that last post was depressing wasn’t it? Quickly now… That’s exactly why I keep one of these on standby!

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“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

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Employment prospects

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

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Tomorrow is Gone

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

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Networking the Solar System

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

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The Egg and I

This really quite beautiful looking object is the Egg nebula. Also known as AFGL 2688, it’s a pre-planetary nebula. A few weeks ago I was waxing lyrical about how stars die and seed their material back into the cosmos from … Continue reading

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