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I have a new story published over at ESA:
“ESA’s Venus Express has returned the clearest indication yet that Venus is still geologically active. Relatively young lava flows have been identified by the way they emit infrared radiation. The finding suggests the planet remains capable of volcanic eruptions. ...”

You can read the full story here

I have a new story posted at ESA:
“After the most profound lull in solar activity for nearly a century, the Sun is finally coming back to life. But will the solar activity return to previous levels? ESA’s venerable solar watchdog SOHO is there, watching and measuring, providing unique information about our nearest star. ...”

You can read the full story here.

I have a new post over at the New Scientist blog, The S word (The science of politics and vice versa) :
“Yesterday the UK Space Agency was launched, to much excitement and enthusiasm.  Forty million pounds was announced to set the whole thing up (that's about half the budget shortfall at the STFC that precipitated the astronomy and physics funding crisis about two years ago).

It will be located alongside the ESA offices in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

I have a brief news story posted over at New Scientist:
“The deepest secrets of Mars's moon Phobos are set to be revealed, following a series of 12 fly-bys by Europe's Mars Express spacecraft. Six have been completed, including the closest ever pass of the moon, at 67 km, last week. ...”

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I have a new story published over at ESA:
“Take a bunch of fast-moving electrons, place them in orbit and then hit them with the shock waves from a solar storm. What do you get? Killer electrons. That’s the shocking recipe revealed by ESA’s Cluster mission. ...”

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I have a new story posted at ESA:
“Images from the recent flyby of Phobos, on 7 March 2010, are released today. The images show Mars’ rocky moon in exquisite detail, with a resolution of just 4.4 metres per pixel. They show the proposed landing sites for the forthcoming Phobos-Grunt mission. ...”

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I have a new story posted at ESA:
“Giant filaments of cold dust stretching through our Galaxy are revealed in a new image from ESA’s Planck satellite. Analysing these structures could help to determine the forces that shape our Galaxy and trigger star formation. ...”

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I have a new story posted at ESA:
“The Corot satellite strikes again with another fascinating planet discovery. This time, the newly discovered gas giant planet may have an interior that closely resembles those of Jupiter and Saturn in our own Solar System. ...”


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Also today: It’s Geekpop tonight!

You can read my festival diary entry right here.

phobos deimosI have a new story on the Mars Express Phobos Blog:
“Without doubt, Phobos is the grooviest moon of the Solar System. By that I mean, that it is covered with a multitude of parallel grooves. Initially, it was thought that these markings radiated away from the largest crater on Phobos. Called Stickney, the crater has a diameter of 9 km and is the most obvious feature of the moon’s pockmarked surface. Some thought that the grooves were debris ejected across Phobos during Stickney’s creation. ...”


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GeekpopWell, what a blast Geekpop was!  It was great to meet everyone and chat to many of you before and after the show.  Despite a few nerves about the size of the venue and our mighty volume, judging by the whoops and number of heads banging up and down – it may have been heavy but you liked it!

The picture was snapped by Richard Grant of Lablit.  You can read a review on the great Lablit website here. And you can watch us playing Neutron Stars below.





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