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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: scientists
So, you know when you accidentally misplace 83% of the mass of the Universe? Wait… what? Ok, let me backtrack a minute. Do you remember last month there was a press release from ESO saying how it a study had … Continue reading
So… I’m writing a blog post for ResearchBlogging.org about a paper about blog posts written for ResearchBlogging.org. And that means that if ever anyone else writes a paper about blog posts for ResearchBlogging.org it will be a paper about blog … Continue reading
I managed to miss an absolute gem over the weekend. A comic about the Supermoon — featuring a zombie Phil Plait! For anyone who’s escaped hearing about it so far, the amusingly dubbed “supermoon” is an interesting little astronomical event. … Continue reading
So it seems, as I wax technical on the drama of how stars fill the cosmos with the stuff that makes us, Zen Pencils creates a frankly breathtaking comic panel, illustrating one of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s most poigniant speeches. Don’t … Continue reading
While it may seem like blogging by proxy, I feel like leaving this here. It’s a quote about Richard Feynman, and how he managed to become both a scientist and a cultural icon (a rare feat for a scientist, it … Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, today is November 9th. 76 years ago today, was the birthday of a man who inspired millions with talk of billions. A man who could say all of the things I’d like to say far better than … Continue reading
I’m really quite dismayed that the UK government seem determined to cut funding from scientific research. Dismayed and, frankly, disappointed. After all the times in the past when funding has been mercilessly slashed, you’d think they’d be running out of … Continue reading
Today, I was very lucky to meet Bob Gehrz, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota and principal investigator for a rather exciting telescope project. SOFIA (short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a project being … Continue reading
Now, I’ve heard all manner of stories about mysogynies in the academic world, from school level right the way up to senior academics. Frankly, I fail to understand how, in a supposedly enlightened age, such things can endure. Some of … Continue reading