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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: July 2013
There are some times in this crazy academic lifestyle which make all of the hardships and woes entirely worthwhile. This, my dear readers, right here and right now. This is precisely one of those moments. As I type this, I’m … Continue reading
As I often say, ultraviolet is my favourite colour. Actually, when I say this I’m not being entirely facetious. The ultraviolet part of the spectrum is a helpful area for people like me. Helpful but… also troublesome. You see, optical … Continue reading
By a delightfully serendipitous turn of events, numerous friends of mine from days past are presently in town. This is apparently entirely coincidental, but it’s great to be able to celebrate with them. It’s also quite exciting to have a … Continue reading
Something very exciting happened the other day. Not only did I survive my PhD viva, but it actually went rather well★. I’d go so far as to say that it was even quite enjoyable, having a detailed technical discussion about … Continue reading
I’ve been so out of the loop recently, I seem to be late jumping onto this bandwagon, but I’ve only just learned about an exciting film due to be released later this month! Europa Report, a “found footage” style movie, … Continue reading
Disconcertingly nigh, by this point. I’m not sure how much more I can really do to prepare. I do need to try and maintain enough focus to get information from my brain to my vocal cords – something I often … Continue reading
What do you do if you discover water which is half as old as the planet you’re standing on? If I’m honest, my own first compulsion would not be to taste it. But then, I’m not a geologist★. Interestingly enough, … Continue reading
I like to think of myself as a good and responsible traveller. Certainly, I’d imagine many people like to think this of themselves. Though I always like to try and make an effort when I’m going elsewhere. I’ve always considered … Continue reading
If doing a PhD was like playing a video game, then the viva you have to face at the end is a lot like the final boss battle. Yes, I know this seems like a flippant comparison to draw, but … Continue reading