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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
Giant pandas can tell a mate from their calls
Pandas have to be within 20 metres of each other to identify each other's calls in their bamboo forest home.
Hayabusa-2: Japan's rovers ready for touchdown on asteroid
Japan's space agency sets dates for its plan to explore the surface of an asteroid with robots.
Cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest
It may help stop the animal's rapid and destructive march across Australia, researchers say.
Why do we hate wasps and love bees?
Both are as ecologically useful, say scientists, and the same effort must be made to protect them.
RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets 'space junk'
A British satellite successfully deploys a net in orbit to demonstrate how to capture space debris.
Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'
The first private passenger to fly around the Moon with SpaceX will be a Japanese billionaire.
Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun
UK engineers finish building a satellite that will carry cameras closer to the Sun than ever before.
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity
The all-British NovaSAR spacecraft will monitor big stretches of ocean for suspicious shipping activity.
Prickly cactus species 'under threat'
The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers.
ICESat: Space will get unprecedented view of Earth's ice
The US space agency launches a laser into orbit to assess the impact of climate change on the poles.
Intensive farming 'least bad option' for food and environment
Scientists say that high-yield farming may be the best way to meet demand for food while conserving biodiversity.
Cities lead the way on curbing carbon emissions
Twenty-seven leading cities see their greenhouse gas emissions peak and decline over the past five years.
'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study
New study: Ingesting even a single piece of plastic exposes sea turtles to a 20% chance of death.
Robots ahoy! Mapping Earth's surface
Most of the planet hasn't yet been mapped properly. Autonomous vehicles are set to change all that.
Elephant birds: Who killed the largest birds that ever lived?
Scientists are a step closer to explaining a 10,000-year-old crime mystery on the island of Madagascar.
Hen harrier disappears after satellite tag stops working
Hen harrier Heulwen had flown across Snowdonia when her satellite tag stopped transmitting.
'Oldest known drawing' found on tiny rock in South Africa
Etched with an "ochre crayon", the 73,000 year old drawing looks a little like a modern-day hashtag.
Smarty pants: Robot trousers could keep the elderly mobile
Artificial muscles could assist mobility as people age.
The secret life of fungi: Ten fascinating facts
The first major assessment of the state of the fungi kingdom says they are vital for life on Earth.
'Nature-based' greenhouse gas removal to limit UK climate change
Millions of acres of trees and energy crops will be needed to help the UK become carbon neutral by 2050, say scientists
How to eat well - and save the planet
Shifting to a healthier diet can reduce a person's water footprint by as much as 55%, according to a study.
'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres calls for leadership to break the paralysis on the "defining issue" of our time.
New El Niņo weather event likely this winter says WMO
The World Meteorological Organisation says there's a 70% chance of a weak El Niņo event by the end of this year.
California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045
Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation committing California to carbon-free electricity by 2045.
'Internet of animals' spreads its wings
A satellite system that for 30 years has tracked animals will expand to track all manner of objects.
Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand
A wildlife trafficking watchdog says it has found hundreds of examples of animal trading.
Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling
Japan is trying to convince the world the time has come to make commercial whaling legal again.
Could Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?
It's come close to cancellation several times, but could the successor to the Hubble telescope make the greatest ever discovery?
The inventor who plans to build a city under the sea
After spending decades exploring the deep sea, Phil Nuytten plans to build a colony there.
The satellite that can clean up space rubbish from Earth's orbit
It's part of a plan to clean up the millions of pieces of rubbish floating in Earth's orbit.
Nasa laser launches into space
ICESat-2 will use laser beams to measure ice levels on Earth as it orbits 500km above the planet.
Starvation fears after piglets stolen from London farm
There are fears for the welfare of 11 tiny piglets stolen from a farm in London.
Nightingales 'could become extinct in Hampshire'
A wildlife trust is warning the species could become extinct in Hampshire.
Salford scientists show how cars could power your home
The electric cars with stored power that could be transferred to a dwelling.
Ig Nobel win for kidney stone removing roller-coaster
It's a scream: Riding on some types of roller-coaster is an effective way of removing kidney stones.
'World's oldest brewery' found in Israel
Researchers believe they have found the world's oldest brewery in a prehistoric cave in Israel.
Tax haven link to rainforest destruction and illegal fishing
Deforestation of the Amazon and illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens according to a new study.
How wheat gene map could help 'feed world'
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.
'They dammed everything'
Hundreds of hydropower projects threaten to harm Bosnia's rivers, protesters say.
Life of a shark scientist
Marine biologist Melissa Marquez shares a dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and tips for swimming with sharks.
'Farming the desert'
The nation is united behind drought-hit farmers, but some query the merits of "special treatment".
Ice and fire
Yes, Antarctica has (and needs) a fire department. Megan Branson spent three seasons there as a fire-fighter/paramedic.
Unlikely survival
A reef near a polluted port raises hopes for the conservation of other endangered coral.
Martian timesheet
Living on Mars time, landing nightmares and sometimes spreadsheets... a day in the life of a Nasa engineer.
Floating farm
An offshore dairy farm aims to help Rotterdam produce its own food more sustainably.
It'll be toasty
When the Bloodhound supersonic car attempts to break the land speed record, managing heat around the vehicle is going to be important.
Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures
The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.
Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes
Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.
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