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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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Category Archives: physics
When thinking about the future of energy production, aside from renewable energy like solar power, fusion is something which immediately springs to mind. Clean, efficient, and the same thing which stars have been using for around 13 billion years. But … Continue reading
Since Juno’s arrival at Jupiter, a lot of people noted how impressively technology has improved, with Juno being powered by solar panels. Indeed, without the progress we’ve made, Juno wouldn’t have been possible. It may not be immediately apparent to everyone, seeing … Continue reading
Mars is a funny little place, but it seems that Mars orbit may be even funnier. As we all know, Mars has two small and lumpy moons which would be no more than a pair of mundane asteroids if they weren’t … Continue reading
Planning a trip to Titan but not sure how much fuel you’ll need? Worry not! Here’s a convenient map showing the required delta-v to get from place to place in the solar system! Delta-v is shorthand meaning change in velocity … Continue reading
I’m really quite fascinated by singing sand dunes. Also known variously as whistling sand or booming dunes, this is a phenomenon observed in places across the world when the right set of circumstances cause sand to be a little noisier than usual. … Continue reading
This video made me giggle with glee! If you’re a fan of string theory and classic rock (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you’ll probably find this as wonderfully geeky as I do. A cut-down explanation of string theory … Continue reading
The Sun is doing some quite exciting things at the moment. Just the other day, it spat out a X1.7 flare, the first X-class flare this year. Things are likely to stay interesting for a while now too. We’re very … Continue reading
Anyone who knows me will know that I just love that intersection where science and art meet. And things like this are precisely why! Paul Friedlander, one of those delightful rare individuals who’s both a physicist and an artist, put … Continue reading
One single image to explain the shape of the field lines around a bar magnet. I don’t think any further comment is necessary here!