Last updated 03/09/2006
2 Sep 2006 A minor update just to remove some of the scripts I had been linking to that suddenly had started popping up nasty advertising on the page. Sorry about that everyone. Also, just to satisfy Ian: I still only have one head, and it still has hair on it.
24 Oct 2005 By popular (?) demand here's a quick update on what I'm doing now: I'm currently working for a city startup (how long can one justify calling it a startup?) called Columba Systems. I'm working with Chris and the office is just accross the road from Tammay and Richard.
Some time ago now, I did a Ph.D. with the Hot-Star Group at University College London. My main research interest is in the field of photospheric abundances in O stars, but my work to date has also included a study of rotational velocities of O and B stars. A CD version of my thesis is available upon request.
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BBC News - Science & Environment
Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision
Entrepreneur Elon Musk outlines his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.
Materials programmed to shape shift
Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.
First 'three person baby' born using new method
The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.
CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales
Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.
Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell
Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.
Europa moon 'spewing water jets'
Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter's icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.
SpaceX 'Mars' rocket engine tested
Private company SpaceX has carried out its first test of the Raptor rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars.
China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound
China?s Geely auto group has become the main sponsor behind the British Bloodhound supersonic car project, enabling an assault on the land speed record.
China's colossal radio telescope begins testing
The world's largest radio telescope has received its first signals from space and is now entering an intensive testing phase.
Poor food 'risks health of half the world'
As the population grows over the next 20 years half the world will be left malnourished, an independent panel of experts on food and agriculture warns.
New report confirms grim outlook for elephants
Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past ten years according to a new study presented at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Horses can communicate with us - scientists
Horses have joined a select club of animals that can communicate by pointing to symbols, say scientists.
Bird flu poses threat to penguins - scientists
Flu carried by migratory birds poses a risk to penguins living in Antarctica, scientists warn.
Ig Nobel win for Alpine 'goat man'
A British man who lived in the Swiss Alps as a goat for three days wins one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
Species body says extra elephant protection could boost ivory trade
The body tasked with managing trade in endangered species will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants, saying it could spark a new trade in ivory.
UK researchers tap into China's scientific powerhouse
The government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between the UK and China.
Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'
Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.
Scientists solve singing fish mystery
Scientists solve the bizarre mystery of the fish that hums at night.
DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa
Evidence for an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans.
Watching films releases 'natural painkiller'
Watching a tragic film could have an unexpected benefit in triggering a feel-good chemical, research suggests.
China space station to fall to Earth in 2017
China's first space station is expected to fall back to Earth in the second half of 2017, amid speculation authorities have lost control of it.
Why is this woman flying 4,500 miles?
British conservationist Sacha Dench is on the first leg of an epic 4,500 mile paramotor flight following migrating swans.
Why does the Europa water plume matter?
Professor Michele Dougherty explains the importance of the water plumes on Jupiter's moon
Huge blue topaz stone on loan to Natural History Museum
A blue topaz stone, thought to be the largest-ever, is to go on permanent loan to the Natural History Museum in London.
Chester Zoo releases footage of rare giant jumping rat
The first footage of a rare giant jumping rat born at Chester Zoo is released.
Water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon
Nasa says jets of water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon, Europa, take them a step closer to finding out if there is life in space.
Pangolin: The most trafficked mammal in the world
A conference in South Africa could make the trade in pangolin illegal.
'Colossal' wasp nest found in Corby attic
A "colossal" wasp nest the size of a "barrel" with a 1.4m tunnel attached is found in an attic.
In pictures: Astro Photographer of the Year
Some of the winning images from this year's competition.
Thriving sector
Monday's successful launch of eight satellites into space proves India's commercial space programme is booming, writes Yogita Limaye.
Nelly the enemy?
As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.
Grand Canyon in blue
President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species, but is also a source of controversy.
Science snaps
Fifteen stunning images from the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition
Numbers game
Insights into the data behind the football industry, both real and simulated, from the brains behind Football Manager.
Water wars
TS Sudhir explains why violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore over a long-running dispute about water.
History of flooding
Written in the sediments of north-west England's lakes is a record of extreme flood events - information that can inform future flood preparedness.
A surgeon's downfall
Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. Now his reputation lies in tatters.
Animal secrets
Specially designed tags that act as 'daily diaries' are revealing previously unknown animal behaviours.
Fair game?
Lion hunting in South Africa is a big business, but some groups seem are shooting "canned meat" - animals bred in captivity just to be hunted, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.
Fracking fight
Grace Livingstone talks to members of Mapuche indigenous communities living near a fracking site in Argentina about their concerns for their health and their environment.
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