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The Dish #2: This time it’s Mars

‘The Dish’ is one of my favourite movies of all time, telling the story of the Australian and American crew who operated the dish to pick up the television pictures from the first moon landing. I was thinking…

Nanomaterials on the Moon

Admit it, you probably think about soil very little? What about the soil on the moon? Well it’s a shame because, as I’ve come to realise in the last few days, moon soil is pretty nifty. For one thing it…

Last chance to see the transit of Venus

Update 5pm Tales of the Transit So that’s it for another 105 years, I hope that even if the clouds didn’t part you saw it on some of the live web feeds Ian Musgrave was keeping us well informed on. There’s…

An upcoming transit

It’s not every day that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes up, but on Wednesday you have the opportunity to see the silhouette of the planet of Venus move across the disk of the sun. To see this happen…

Australians! British Science is not dead

On Tuesday a funeral cortege pulled up outside the UK’s Westminster parliament and the mourners pulled out a wreath depicting ‘Science’. Some 100 protesters observed this as part of their protest against…

The anticipation of some freshly squeezed results

The chink of light in the few weeks of madness I’ve had was news that European Space Agency (ESA) have decided to commission a mission to Jupiter. A catchy name too, JUICE from JU piter IC y moons Explorer…

Rubber chicken in space!

As the world braced itself for the large solar storm last month, one fearless rubber chicken looked danger in the eye and went to meet it head on. Armed with only a knitted space suit, Camilla took to…

Shedding new light on an old rock

When thinking about what to kick off this column with, it seemed appropriate to give an insight into a project we’re looking into at the synchrotron. At coffee a few months ago a fellow researcher Simon…