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I have a new story posted by the Guardian. This is the confirmation of the story I published last Friday that we were on the brink of a major cosmological announcement.

 

"Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.

I have a new article posted by the Guardian. It is a Q&A designed to help make sense today's astounding cosmological announcement.

 

"What does the apparent discovery of gravitational waves by the Bicep telescope say about inflation and the big bang?

I have an exciting new story posted on The Guardian.

 

"Discovery of gravitational waves by Bicep telescope at south pole could give scientists insights into how universe was born.

The Measure of Dreams is a short story set before the events of The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. It features Johannes Kepler and his attempt to construct a model of the Universe by turning it into a drinks dispenser. Yes: a drinks dispenser.

Today was the day that the €1 billion spacecraft Rosetta woke up from 31 months in hibernation. I spent the day with at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany. I was keeping a live blog updated for my Across the Universe blog for The Guardian all day, and I also wrote some reports for New Scientist

I have a new feature article published in New Scientist this week:

 

"YOU know that anxious feeling the night before an exam or a job interview, when the alarm clock absolutely, positively has to work. Take that feeling and double it. Multiply it by a large factor, add the number you first thought of... you get the picture. That's how restless mission controllers at the European Space Agency are feeling right now.

Yes, as unlikely as it sounds, I was a guest on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe. They wanted to spoof science documentaries and asked me if I would take part. I was to answer questions from Diane Morgan's brilliant character Philomena Cunk, as she grappled with the mystery of 'What is Time?'

 

The whole episode will be in iPlayer in the Uk for a week. You can watch that here.

I have a short news story in New Scientist this week:

 

"EVEN the sun needs a break. A slowdown in solar activity has given us the first real clue about a period of dramatic solar behaviour 350 years ago.

I have a new article in the Shortcuts section of The Guardian's G2 magazine. It is also reproduced online.

 

"With China sending the Jade Rabbit rover and Google egging on private companies to make their own landings, the race for lunar ownership is hotting up. But has a group of artists got there first?

I'm pleased to say have the cover story on New Scientist's first issue of the year. For a long time, I have tried to understand the nature of the spacetime continuum. It exists as a mathematical concept but turning that into a physical reality is much more difficult. New Scientist allowed me to explore the topic for this article and what I discovered was that no one knows what the true nature of the spacetime continuum. If we find that out, we may just be able to take our next big leap beyond Einstein. Here's a tease of the article:



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