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There's a new post on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe.


Black holes contain the keys to a deeper understanding of the universe. So finding 26 in our neighbouring galaxy is a big deal.

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


It's been said that Neil Armstrong embodied the American dream: coming from a small Ohio town to be the first man on the Moon. As the inhabitants of Langholm, Scotland, know he came from a lot further than that

On Friday evening 20th July a very special event mixing punk and science will take place in Manchester at



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I've been asked to contribute to the science bit despite the fact I'm a prog not punk rocker!  It's called The Universe Explained and purports to make easy all of Space and Time through Art, Film, Performance and Punk Rock. If nothing else this venture promises to be highly entertaining and I am all in favour of making science fun. I love the way the poster is illustrated with a cupcake claimed to be from the canteen at CERN. The evening kicks off at 7 and runs until 10 o'clock.

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

Nasa's Opportunity rover is celebrating 10 years on Mars by finding its best evidence yet: that the planet was once habitable

I have a second post this week on my Across the Universe blog for the Guardian :

Nasa's Curiosity rover is approaching the biggest turning point of its mission so far. Soon it will begin the year-long drive towards its primary objective: Mount Sharp

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

Nasa data shows radiation doses would be so high on a manned Mars mission that we must now debate the ethics of deep space exploration – or wait decades to develop safer technology

During June I've been invited to speak at three special events. It's a particularly exciting month for me. Over the weekend of 14th we are visiting Langholm in southwest Scotland. It was the home of the Armstrongs, whose most famous family member was Neil who walked on the Moon.

I'll be delivering an appreciation of the life and work of Neil Armstrong at the memorial service on the Friday evening, in front of representatives of the US, UK and Scottish governments. Then I'll be giving a talk on the Saturday about what the astronauts left behind on the Moon, specifically the mirrors that are still being used today to carry out an extraordinary experiment into the nature of gravity.

The second volume of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is now out in Italy, published by Dedalo.

From their website: “Genio, idee rivoluzionarie e scoperte epocali si scontrano con debolezze umane, rivalità e segreti inconfessabili nell’ instabile e travagliata Inghilterra della Restaurazione. Nell’ avvincente romanzo di un grande autore scientifico, un ritratto accurato e molto umano dei padri della scienza moderna.”

My thanks to Lucy Jones for her review of The Day Without Yesterday.

She concludes, ‘Clark’s series serve as a discussion of science and society in a fictionalised form, crossing genre boundaries successfully, and prompting serious thought which is alarmingly relevant to today. Highly recommended reading for anybody with an interest in history and science.’

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

“Even if Nasa's Kepler space telescope is coming to the end of its mission, the search for other Earths will continue

The Kepler space telescope is in trouble. On Tuesday, during one of their regular twice-weekly communications slots, Nasa scientists found the telescope in "safe mode".



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