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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: silliness
One of my favourite things to do from time to time on this blog is to answer peoples’ random silly science questions with… well… random silly science. And a friend of mine asked me a brilliant question the other day. … Continue reading
Oh god, it’s true. Every word of it. I’ve actually made people angry before by asking “What about dust?” (For some reason, certain astronomers really don’t like dust. Or rapidly rotating iron filings.)
There now follows a brief interlude of silliness, following my decision to tidy my desk. A tidy desk also means I have space to put things, can set my coffee down without making a circle on any papers, and have … Continue reading
Science isn’t about why, it’s about why not. You ask: why is so much of our science dangerous? I say: why not marry safe science if you love it so much. – Cave Johnson, Aperture Science Look at me still … Continue reading
I’ve discovered the most entertaining Twitter feed ever. @heardatnature purports to be “A collection of weird and wonderful things overheard in the corridors of Nature.” And the funny thing is, I genuinely do believe it. Having worked in both an … 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
Today is Caturday. And Supernova Condensate doesn’t contain enough feline lunacy. I am fixing this. Yes. For any non-chemists in the room, carbon-astatine bonds would be C-At bonds. And yes, even though it’s radioactive and its longest isotope only lasts … Continue reading
Sometimes, satire really hits the nail on the head. After spending quite a few weeks now adventuring in thesis land, I really needed to read this one: An article hosted by sciencemag.org entitled; How to Write Like a Scientist . … Continue reading
For utterly no reason, except that it amuses me. (For anyone who’s either been living under a rock, or who doesn’t spend enough time on the internet, the original Nyan Cat is here. No it makes no sense. This is … Continue reading