Milky Way's antimatter linked to exotic black holes

22 January, 2008

I have a new story posted over at newscientist.com:
“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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Has Messenger revealed lava flows on Mercury?

21 January, 2008

I have a new story published over at newscientist.com:
“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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Are we alone in the dark?

18 January, 2008

I have the cover story on BBC Focus’s February issue.


“Where in the Universe are the conditions just right for extraterrestrial life to exist?  Astronomers are realizing it’s a rough old neighbourhood out there, as Stuart Clark discovers.”

 

Read the full story in the February 2008 issue of BBC Focus.  Visit them online here.


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Probe returns first image of Mercury's unseen side

16 January, 2008

I have a new story published over at newscientist.com:


“NASA's Messenger spacecraft has taken its first look at the unseen side of Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. It has revealed the full extent of Mercury's gigantic Caloris Basin, one of the largest impact craters in the solar system and discovered its first Mercury mystery: unusual dark-rimmed craters. …”

 

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival

14 January, 2008

Exciting news! I’ve been invited to take part in the 2008 Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Festival runs this year from 9–25 August.  The date of my appearance has not yet been finalized but I’ll post it on here as soon as I know.

 

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Europe’s next ride to the Moon: Chandrayaan-1

11 January, 2008

I have another new story posted over at ESA.


“Excitement rises as ESA is in the final stages of preparation for the first collaborative space mission with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chandrayaan-1 will study the Moon in great detail and be the first Indian scientific mission leaving the Earth’s vicinity.” Read the full story for free here.


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