Category Archives: News

Manchester

Today has been a dark day. As I write this, 22 people are confirmed dead from last night’s Manchester Arena suicide bombing, one of them an eight-year-old girl. Any terrorist attack is a awful, frightening thing, but it causes a … Continue reading

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New Horizons: Pluto Revealed

Eight months after Philae landed on a comet, and four months after Dawn went into orbit around Ceres, space history is once again about to be made. Today, having travelled for nine and a half years, and over three billion miles, the … Continue reading

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(Almost) Total Eclipse of the Heart

In 1760, a French astronomer named Guillaume le Gentil set out to India with the intention of observing the 1761 transit of Venus – that is, Venus moving over the Sun from Earth’s perspective. A great number of astronomers at … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Dippy

I love going to London – and one of the things I’ve always loved most about it is the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. Most times that I go to London, I try to make time to take a look … Continue reading

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Update: landing on a comet and reaching 25,000 words

On Philae I spent Wednesday constantly checking for updates on the progress of the Philae comet lander, with the BBC happily setting up a live feed to make it easy. It was a day of tense moments: first we had to … Continue reading

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Good luck, Rosetta and Philae!

Tomorrow, I’m going to be keeping a close eye on the news. Tomorrow, around 4pm GMT, we will hopefully be receiving confirmation that the European Space Agency have actually landed a spacecraft on a comet. The probe Rosetta, which went … Continue reading

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A Sad Reminder: Going Into Space Still Isn’t Safe

I was shocked and saddened to check the news on Friday night and learn that Richard Branson’s planned sub-orbital rocket plane SpaceShipTwo had crashed on a test flight, killing one of its pilots and injuring another. Obviously, this tragedy is going to … Continue reading

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A Great Dinosaur Enigma Solved!

I maintain a healthy interest in palaeontology these days, but looking back to the dinosaur-obsessed days of my childhood, I’m amazed just how much our knowledge of dinosaurs has changed. Things I thought I knew then are totally out of … Continue reading

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Live birth in prehistoric reptiles – a new discovery

Very interesting news on BBC Nature today about this paper by Ryosuke Motani et al., published about a new ichthyosaur fossil. Ichthyosaurs were marine reptiles that lived in the sea at the same time as the dinosaurs. They were so … Continue reading

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