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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Category Archives: academia
I’m pretty sure it’s something we’ve all done. You’re so intently typing something, with your desk cluttered with various printed papers, books, and notes. It’s so easy to not notice that you hit caps lock when you started typing. … Continue reading
❝ Remember, you have been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.❞ Louise L. Hay
I’ve met very few people who, when asked, would say that they had a good year in 2016. Most people seem to look at their feet, hesitantly say a few words about how things could have been better, and then change … Continue reading
The internet is such a fickle beast. After staying up well past my bedtime yesterday to live tweet Juno being inserted into Jupiter’s orbit, I achieved a thin slice of tinned internet fame for tweeting at UK politician Michael Gove to call … Continue reading
❝ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. ❞ William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
Today marks the 100th anniversary of women being allowed membership into the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in the UK. While this is most certainly a thing to celebrate, one thing about this still gives me pause. It’s only been 100 years. … Continue reading
This gifset has been going around Tumblr awhile now (1,408,824 notes while I’m writing this!), and I think it’s a very important message. Gender is irrelevant really. Kids all like science. I know I did, and I think the same … Continue reading
A friend of mine contacted me recently to ask for help on writing a research proposal, and I said I’d send her an e-mail about it… But after thinking about this carefully, it might be better to make this advice … Continue reading
This past week has been a very difficult one for the astronomical community. And I’ve been watching the whole mess unravel on Twitter. It hasn’t been pretty. But it needs to be told, and we need to shift the focus. … Continue reading