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I have a new post on the Guardian online Across the Universe blog:

The Perseids, the year's most spectacular meteor shower for viewers in the northern hemisphere, have arrived.

I have written a piece for New Scientist and they have published it online:

 

Sun's quiet spell not the start of a mini ice age

On the Guardian's Across the Universe blog:

 

On Friday Nasa's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earth and its seven billion inhabitants from 1.44bn kilometres away

I have a new post on my Across the Universe blog for the Guardian:

 

A supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy has a gas cloud in its gravitational clutches - but the gas cloud isn't giving up without a fight

My latest piece is up on the Guardian
blog Across the Universe:

A £60m pledge from the UK government puts Reaction Engines' Sabre rocket on course to change space exploration forever

Storysack have a special offer for the next fortnight centred around our children's book Little Moon. The sack also contains, a non-fiction book, parent guide, CD, fabric playmate and Moon, picture card game, and activity resource guide.

I posted on 13th June about the Manchester event at The Gorilla on Saturday 20th July, 7-10pm where I have been invited to speak.

 

The organisers of The Universe Explained state:
Both artists and scientists are explorers. There has never been more public interest or more scientific progress in understanding the fundamental workings of the universe but at the same time the concepts are extremely complex and occasionally bewildering to the lay person. They are also intrinsically fascinating and inspirational to artists. This is an attempt to translate the complexity and express the wonder through a variety of art forms.  This is public engagement with a difference.

I have the cover story on New Scientist (Issue 2924) this week:

“Did a nuclear time bomb deep inside the young Earth tear the planet apart? The evidence could be staring down at us every night

Last week I enjoyed two events that brought together the arts and sciences. On Monday I spoke for the London Salon beneath awe inspiring Rubens paintings in a vast and lofty room at The Banqueting House in London's Whitehall. The other speakers and I had to pretend it was 1649 and indeed Oliver Cromwell was in attendance (courtesy of Past Pleasures Ltd). The paintings, commissioned by Charles I to deify his father James I, were explained to us by Brett Dolman from the Historic Royal Palaces; we listened to music from the era, described by cellist and historical DJ Jane Cockcroft and Oliver Cromwell told us how Charles I's stubborn nature had brought about his own execution and why we must all return to more sober and responsible ways.

 

 

Here's a podcast made during the evening

I have a new story over on the Guardian's Across the Universe blog:

 

Nasa's Cassini spacecraft will take an image of Earth from 1.44bn kilometres away. From there, our planet will look like the expected images of alien earths around other stars



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