Planck spacecraft unveils earliest map of the universe

21 March, 2013

The most detailed picture yet of the early universe is to be revealed today in Paris

I have a new post on my Across the Universe for The Guardian.

“The most detailed picture yet of the early universe is to be revealed today in Paris. Taken by the European spacecraft, Planck, it could tell us about events that took place during the first second of the universe's existence. ...”

You can read the full story here.


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El Mundo Interview: “Science will never be able to answer religious questions”

18 March, 2013

Here is a rough translation of an interview I conducted with Teresa Guerrero from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Just a few minutes of conversation are enough to understand why the British Stuart Clark (born in Welwyn Garden City, 1967) is one of the best known popularisers of science in his country. The astrophysicist, author and journalist is a regular contributor to magazines such as 'New Scientist' and newspapers like ‘The Guardian’: "I would like to see in print as many science pages as sport. The world we live in is the way it is because of science, so I think it is very important that we talk to the public about these issues, that we can get them interested and become familiar with it all," he says to ElMUNDO.es in the auditorium where, a couple of hours later, he will give a lecture 'Can we ever understand the universe?' Clark has visited Madrid, on the invitation of Banco Santander Foundation to participate in the cycle 'The limits of science' .

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You can read the original Spanish article here.

 


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Will we ever understand the Universe? Lecture

14 March, 2013

It was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation from the Fundacion Banco Santander to lecture in Madrid. It was part of their series of lectures on The Limits of Science, organised in association with Eduardo Punset.

Last year I made two television programmes with Eduardo. You can watch the first here and the second one here.

My thanks to Fundacion Banco Santander and Eduardo for asking me to join in. You can watch a recording of the lecture here.


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The Daily Mail reviews The Day Without Yesterday

14 March, 2013

Many thanks to Kathy Stevenson who has reviewed The Day Without Yesterday. She writes, “Clark’s strengths are in his firm grasp of historical context and his easy-to-read prose, along with an obvious passion for his subject and desire to project this to a wider audience.”

You can read the full review here:


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Curiosity Mars rover in safe mode: are cosmic rays to blame?

05 March, 2013

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

“First, Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover failed to hand in its homework. Then it refused to go to bed. Now the naughty rover is in detention. What on Mars caused such bad behaviour? ...”

You can read the full article here.


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Dark matter rival boosted by dwarf galaxies

28 February, 2013

I have a new story posted by New Scientist:

“Dwarf galaxies dancing around the spiral galaxy Andromeda have boosted a controversial alternative to the idea of dark matter – the invisible stuff that most astronomers think makes up about 80 per cent of the matter in the universe.

Researchers looking at the speeds of stars in Andromeda's satellite galaxies have found that their motion is a near-perfect fit with what is predicted by modified Newtonian dynamics, or MOND. According to MOND, alterations to Newton's laws of motion and gravity can explain at least some of the observed effects that have been attributed to dark matter.”

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