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
Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base
The "unambiguous detection of water" will boost Nasa's hopes of establishing a lunar base.
Climate change: 'Dangerous and dirty' used cars sold to Africa
Millions of polluting and unsafe used cars from rich nations are exported to Africa and Asia.
Fantastic beasts in the real world and where to find them
London's Natural History Museum is set to stage one of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.
Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM
Boris Johnson's techno-optimism ignores the need for big societal changes, experts warn.
The explosive problem of 'zombie' batteries
Batteries that power mobile phones and other devices are causing fires because they are not disposed of properly.
'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose
The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.
Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected so much rock from asteroid Bennu that bits are leaking out.
HS2: Moving ancient woodland habitat for rail line flawed, ecologists say
Soil is being moved to new sites but ecologists question whether the process is effective.
Osiris-Rex: Nasa asteroid mission confident of success
The first images are released of the Osiris-Rex spacecraft trying to grab rock from asteroid Bennu.
Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests
Norway pays for a monthly satellite dataset to track the state of the world's tropical forests.
Planners 'must prepare' for weather extremes - Met Office
The Met Office is launching a tool to help planners prepare for further weather extremes.
More pollution expected from stay-home workers
Air pollution in big cities could increase because so many people are working from home, a report says.
Secrets of the 'uncrushable' beetle revealed
How a tiny insect with super-tough body armour can survive being stamped on or run over by a car.
Climate change: 'Cooling paint' could cut emissions from buildings
Researchers have developed a white paint that reflects sunlight and helps cool buildings.
Sir David Attenborough polar research ship set to begin sea trials
Four years in the making, Britain's new 200m polar ship has left the builder's yard for testing.
Satellites picture methane across the globe
The GHGSat company releases a tool to show how methane varies in the atmosphere across the world.
Why US election could decide climate change battle
Who next occupies the White House could be decisive in the battle to limit global warming.
Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK's wettest day on record
Persistent rain on Saturday 3 October breaks the record for the wettest day across the entire UK.
Idris Elba: We can all help solve climate change
Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina tell BBC podcast there is "hope" for beating climate change.
Conservation: Bridge of hope for world's rarest primate
An artificial rope bridge across a divided forest could help save the ape, a type of gibbon, from extinction.
I Am Greta: The coming of age movie wrapped up in a super-hero flick
A documentary about the teenage climate change activist is compelling because it's so unlikely.
Glitter litter 'could be damaging rivers'
Glitter contains microplastics, which can get into rivers and seas, taking years to degrade.
Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather - UN
The UN calls for a rapid rise in investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events.
Google reveals Mineral crop-inspecting robots
The project will analyse every leaf on every crop, helping farmers tend the fields.
US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?
Is poor management of forests to blame for deadly fires in the United States?
German ship completes historic Arctic expedition
The German Research Vessel Polarstern returns to port after drifting for a year in Arctic sea-ice.
Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995
Every type of coral has declined since 1995 because of climate change, an Australian study finds.
Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on 'Earthshot' prize
The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David launch the biggest environmental award ever.
Should your accelerator pedal curb your speeding?
The EU proposes fitting all new cars with technology that makes it harder to exceed the speed limit.
Attenborough: 'Curb excess capitalism' to save nature
Sir David Attenborough tells a new BBC podcast that we will all be happier if we live more frugally.
Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics
Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.
Europe steps up contributions to Artemis Moon plan
Thales Alenia Space will build Europe's two major contributions to the Lunar Gateway space station.
Soyuz rocket reaches ISS in record time
The trip took just three hours and three minutes ? half the usual journey time.
Project Artemis: UK signs up to Nasa's Moon exploration principles
The UK backs the accords that will guide the American-led return to the Moon this decade.
New Shepard: Jeff Bezos' rocket tests Nasa Moon landing tech
The New Shepard rocket carried technology designed to return humans to the Moon in four years.
Pieces of orbiting space junk 'avoid collision'
There is "no indication of collision" between bits of discarded Russian and Chinese space hardware.
Black hole breakthroughs win Nobel physics prize
Three scientists including the UK's Roger Penrose have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Square Kilometre Array project frets about satellite interference
There are worries that satellite mega-constellations could interfere with the Square Kilometre Array.
Planet Mars is at its 'biggest and brightest'
The Red Planet is unmissable in the night sky right now as its orbit aligns with Earth's.
Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'
The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.
Eating jellyfish: Why scientists are talking up a 'perfect food'
Amid fresh concern about overfishing, scientists say eating more jellyfish may give us benefits.
Beached: Can rescuers save this dolphin in time?
Hundreds of dolphins beach each year, but this US team has dramatically improved survival rates
Could cold water hold a clue to a dementia cure?
Swimmers at a London lido aid understanding of what cold does to the body.
Superconductors: Material raises hope of energy revolution
Scientists find a material that displays a much sought-after property at room temperature.
Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?
In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?
Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists
Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists.
Unlocking the secrets of 'six-headed chief' burial
Archaeologists have used DNA analysis to help explain who was buried in the ancient Highlands grave.
Hidden camera's hugging tiger wins wildlife photo award
A camera-trap image of an Amur tiger takes the grand prize at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.
Glass ceilings and black holes: How history was made in the 2020 science Nobels
What this year's science Nobel Prizes showed us about the darkest mysteries of the Universe.
BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?
Vaccines may cause wide-scale changes in the immune system which can boost the body's protection.
Beirut blast was 'historically' powerful
The port area of Beirut was destroyed by one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history.
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