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I have a new article published on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe.


"Fifa president Sepp Blatter has joked that one day football could be played on other planets. Here’s my unofficial guide to interplanetary football.

It is with great pleasure that I announce I have been shortlisted in the Association of British Science Writers 2014 Awards for Journalism.

My work features in the category of best feature. Called Ear on the Universe, the piece was edited by Valerie Jamieson and published by New Scientist on 21 October 2013. You can read the article here.

I have a new story posted over at the Guardian:


"Environmental consequences of removing hills to create more land for cities not considered, academics say in Nature paper

I've been asked to cover the science desk at The Guardian when the newspaper's other correspondents are unavailable. It means you will be seeing some non-astronomy stories popping up every now and again. I hope you enjoy these as much as the spacey stuff.


"Mitochondrial replacement is controversial because the law rules out all treatments on humans that require changing their DNA

I have a new story published by ESA:


"XMM-Newton has revealed a unique star. It is a celestial chimera with the body of a normal massive star yet the magnetic field of a dead, stellar dwarf. This makes it a singular object among the billions of known stars.

I have a new article published on my Across the Universe blog for The Guardian:


"Life on Mars could have flourished on the flanks of a giant Martian volcano in the relatively recent past

I have a new article published on my Across the Universe blog for The Guardian:


"Nasa says it will not regulate private missions to land people on Mars but would offer advice if it felt lives were in danger

My latest article for The Guardian:


"Russia announces decision to halt export of crucial rocket engines in response to US sanctions over annexation of Crimea

I have a new story published over at The Guardian.
"Streams of particles launched from the sun in the solar wind increase the number of lightning strikes on Earth by 32%

My latest piece for The Guardian is to report sad news:


"The pioneering scientist Prof Colin Pillinger has died aged 70, his family has said.

The planetary scientist, who was the driving force behind Britain's Mars lander Beagle 2, suffered a brain haemorrhage at his home in Cambridge and died in hospital.



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