Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Soot Line: Between fire and ice

The question of precisely what happens as stars and planets condense from vast clouds of gas is still very much an unanswered one. We have some good ideas of how things work, but really it’s difficult to be certain. Newly … Continue reading

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Logo? No go.

I warn you before you read on, that graphic design can make me ranty. Even more ranty than science papers without any conclusions. So I found a link to an article on the Huffington Post earlier about a “redesigned NASA … Continue reading

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Fun with planets!

I got a heads up from Chris Jones from about this image he’d made of the 8 major planets in our solar system. All the planets to scale. Isn’t that a brilliant graphic? It really gives you a good … Continue reading

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Cronian Cataclysm

Gas giants are turbulent places. While Jupiter is famous for its great red spot, a storm which is so large that we can see it from here on Earth, Saturn too is quite a stormy world. And every now and … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Space Battles part 2

In Space Battles part 1, I discussed the basics of how real life space combat might work and why the crew of a Battlestar would need to be good astronomers to get the upper hand on their opponents. In part … Continue reading

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❝ It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new … Continue reading

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Black hole nucleosynthesis

If I had to pick a handful of favourite things in all of physics, black holes and nuclear fusion would be among them. Hands down. This interesting little paper which I stumbled across earlier (via a link to the APS … Continue reading

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Depression, imposter syndrome, and the importance of being wrong

This article is a bit more personal than most. Actually a lot more. I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing this, but this blog is intended to be as much about academic life as it is about science, and this … Continue reading

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❝ One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.❞ Bertrand Russell

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Pulsar spirograph

The Fermi telescope, seeing the sky in gamma rays, has given us our best view yet of the high energy Universe. A world where bizarre events give out so much energy that it’s difficult for us to fully appreciate their scale. … Continue reading

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