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: Imported from Livejournal
It’s caturday. So here’s a picture of a glow in the dark kitten. This picture was taken under a blue light, presumably of sufficiently short wavelength to cause the green fluorescent protein in the kitten’s fur to fluoresce. Note that … Continue reading
Chocolate. Take a minute to think about enjoying a delicious piece of your favourite chocolate, won’t you? That moment when you bite and it snaps into your mouth with a light crunch, and the rich warm flavour of it starts … Continue reading
Just a quick post, because I’m supposed to be doing something else right now… But it isn’t every day you get to watch history being made, streamed live over the internet. As I type this, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is … Continue reading
Did you know that there’s a twitter feed called molecule of the day? So now, courtesy of twitter, I get a text message every day containing one randomly selected interesting molecule. This is now one of my new favourite things … Continue reading
Ugh… I’m just going to cut this one immediately, so anyone who doesn’t want to hear me whining about wavelength calibration can go on about their business!
I’m genuinely honoured to have a guest blog post today in Nature’s Soapbox Science blog about the repurcussions of the recent plug being pulled on the ATHENA X-ray telescope. I’m quite proud of this one. Please do go over and … Continue reading
In other news, SpaceX has officially made history. The Dragon capsule is currently in orbit around planet Earth. The first orbital spacecraft the world has ever known, which was fully developed and launched by a private company. We may not … Continue reading
So I wanted to write a post for the Toxic Carnival but found myself not entirely sure what to write about. I mean… I don’t know a huge amount about cool biogenic toxins like tetrodotoxin. Or unicorns, for that matter. … Continue reading
It’s quite easy to talk me into doing silly things. Actually, if I’m honest, it’s very easy. Especially if those silly things are entertaining and tenuously scientific. For instance, I’m writing this because of a conversation (with certain people) about … Continue reading