Are the UK's space goals beyond its means?

19 February, 2008

I have published a new opinion piece concerning the woeful under-funding of UK physics and astronomy on the New Scientist Space blog:
“The British National Space Centre (BNSC)'s new UK Civil Space Strategy document is at best a case of the left hand of government not knowing what its right hand is doing and at worst a joke in the poorest possible taste.

Around two months ago, the UK government emasculated astronomy and physics research funding in the country. Now, the BNSC has produced a 42-page document talking about the future role of the UK in world-leading space initiatives. What planet are they on? It is certainly not Earth. …”

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You can read the BNSC’s Space Strategy document here.

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The Sun Kings Wins Major US Book Award

07 February, 2008

What a pleasure to report that my book The Sun Kings has won the 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Excellence in the Cosmology and Astronomy category.  Thanks to everyone, especially at Princeton University Press, who contributed to its success.

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ESA presents Mars in 3D

05 February, 2008

I have a new story published by ESA:

“Mars is about to come into 3D focus as never before, thanks to the data from the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). A new high-resolution Digital Terrain Model data set that has just been released onto the Internet, will allow researchers to obtain new information about the Red Planet in 3D. …”


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The Cold Cosmos

23 January, 2008

I have a new feature article in February’s BBC Sky At Night magazine.

“There’s a secret Universe waiting to be explored, and it’s rather chilly.  Stuart Clark investigates the submillimetre realm – astronomy’s new frontier.” Read the full story in the February 2008 issue of BBC Sky At Night.


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Milky Way's antimatter linked to exotic black holes

22 January, 2008

I have a new story posted over at
“Legions of tiny black holes created during the big bang may lurk at the centre of the galaxy, creating a prodigious antimatter factory, a new study suggests. The work could explain where the Milky Way's antimatter comes from – one of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics.”


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Tags: Big Bang

Has Messenger revealed lava flows on Mercury?

21 January, 2008

I have a new story published over at
“Images from NASA's Messenger spacecraft hint at the presence of solidified lava flows on the surface of Mercury. If confirmed, they should provide crucial clues to unlocking the planet's history. …”

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Tags: Mercury

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