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I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.

“The Italian earthquake trial, in which six seismologists and a civil servant were found guilty of manslaughter, has an eerie resonance with the Galileo trial of 1633

I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.

“The European Space Agency has approved the first of its small science missions. Don't let the description fool you, there is nothing small about the goals of Cheops. It's a step towards finding habitable planets

I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.

“The Royal Mail's latest stamps feature close-up views of alien worlds captured during European Space Agency missions

I can't tell you how pleased I was to be invited onto the Radio 4's Museum of Curiosity. I was one of three guests. My partners were the orchid collector Tom Hart Dyke and comedian Jo Brand. John Lloyd was the presenter and the guest curator was Jimmy Carr.

As part of my research for The Day Without Yesterday, the third volume of The Sky's Dark Labyrinth trilogy, I have become fascinated by Einstein's fractious relationship with the Nobel Institute. This week, the 2012 prizes are awarded and it afforded me the opportunity to write about Einstein's Nobel Prize for my Across the Universe blog for The Guardian.

 

"Nobel prizes often attract controversy, but usually after they have been awarded. Albert Einstein's physics prize was the subject of argument for years before it was even a reality

'Extremely' is the answer. Being hit by a 'sugar-cube' of space debris is the equivalent of standing next to an exploding hand-grenade. And the problem is only getting worse.

 

I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.


I cannot tell you all how pleased I am that The Sensorium of God is soon to be published by McArthur Books in Canada. It has already been chosen by Quill and Quire as one of the fall's biggest books.

Quill and Quire say: "The second book in the Sky's Dark Labyrinth trilogy by Stuart Clark once again delves into a world in which science and religion go head to head. In The Sensorium of God (McArthur & Company, $24.95 pa., Aug.), astronomer Edmond Halley visits Isaac Newton to help find mathematical proof of Kepler's Law of Planetary Motion - a meeting that catapults their lives into crisis and pushes Europe headlong into the Enlightenment. ..."

To celebrate the release, I shall be in Canada for 10 days, later this month. All my Canada trip jigsaw pieces have fitted together perfectly to promote the publication of The Sensorium of God by McArthur Books in Canada. The official publication date is 30 October. You can pre-order from Chapters or Amazon. We very much hope to have copies at the events as well.

I have an extremely exciting programme of events coming up and I look forward to seeing some of you in either Toronto or Montreal.

 

Click here for full itinerary details.

Curiosity's discovery of a dry river bed adds to a 40-year-old body of evidence for once-flowing water on Mars

I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.

Regular readers will know of my interest in solar activity. I'm excited to say that things have taken a new twist. I have a new story published over at New Scientist that explains all:

 

"WAITING for solar fireworks to reach a grand finale next year? Um, sorry, looks like you already missed them. Structures in the sun's corona indicate that the peak in our star's latest cycle of activity has been and gone, at least in its northern hemisphere.

I have a new story published on my Across the Universe blog over at The Guardian.

"Isaac Newton's belief in spirits and alchemy may have been essential to achieving his towering scientific achievement: gravity. A new science and arts festival begins this weekend to explore this complex man

Hot on the heels of Isaac Newton's apple appearing at the Paralympics comes a new celebration of his life and achievements. The Gravity Fields Festival begins on Friday in Grantham, Lincolnshire. For eight days, Newton's life and times will be commemorated by more than 100 events around the town, during what could become a biennial event.

Grantham lies close to Newton's birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor, and contains the King's School, which the young Isaac attended. On Saturday at 3pm a blue plaque in his honour will be unveiled by the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees.

Often wrongly portrayed as a cold rationalist, Isaac Newton is one of history's most compelling figures. It is true that he was capable of the most precise and logical thought it is possible for a human to achieve: his three years of obsessive work that gave birth to the Principia, containing his theory of gravity, stand as the greatest achievement in science.

Just as certainly, though, he was also consumed with what we would now view as completely unscientific pursuits: alchemy and biblical prophesy. ..."

Read the full story here.

I will be talking in the Angel & Royal at 12.15 on Thursday 27th. Details here.



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