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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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Tag Archives: postdoc problems
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
❝ 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 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
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
Recently I was, for the first time ever, asked to peer review a paper. My initial response was one of bemusement at the idea that someone thinks I know what I’m talking about, followed by a brief flurry of excitement. … Continue reading
While I’m quite merrily building a writing career and even planning on writing a book, there is honestly no way I’m going to drop my research career without a fight. Thankfully, right now there are a fair few things I … Continue reading