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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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Take a look at this thing. It may look like an art installation of some kind, but it’s much more than that. This is a Wind Tree, made by a French startup company called New Wind, and it may hopefully … Continue reading
My favourite astrophotographer of the moment is the extremely talented Mia Stålnacke, whose forté is photographing aurora borealis. As it happens, she’s in the perfect location for views of the aurorae, living high up in the arctic circle. The little town of … Continue reading
This street sculpture by Isaac Cordal from 2011 is called “Electoral Campaign” and is part of a larger series called “Follow the Leaders“. The intention was to highlight the fact that we live in a society run by a system which needs to … Continue reading
Apparently, yesterday was the warmest February day in the Northern hemisphere since records began over 100 years ago. The worst part is that this comes as no surprise in the slightest to anyone who’s been paying attention. The British Antarctic … Continue reading
It is my informed opinion that Donald Trump, with his government of the USA, is one of the greatest threats to the continued survival of our species. Unfortunately, the reason is climate change – and simply upon hearing that, some people … Continue reading
In light of everything that’s going on in the world right now, Carl Sagan’s words seem somehow more poigniant than ever.
An item on my wish list: See a sunrise from orbit. Earth’s atmosphere scatters out the blue from sunlight. The scattered light makes the atmosphere look blue, but the sunlight has all of its blue photons scattered out from it, giving it … 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 got an e-mail a little while ago about a rather nice infographic all about a not so nice phenomenon – climate change. Honestly, I find it remarkable that climate change is still even questioned. But it is. Even though we, … Continue reading