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
EU sets 30% energy savings target
Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 according to Commission.
Bats 'fly by polarised light'
Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.
Deep sea mining licences issued
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.
Quarantine over China plague death
Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.
Three person IVF plans 'progress'
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.
Beef's greater environment burden
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.
Kepler sees world with distant orbit
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.
Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.
Boom in satellite ship tracking
The demand for ship identification and tracking data acquired by satellites is growing rapidly.
EC 'confident' in brain project
The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.
'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest
A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.
Aids researchers on crashed plane
At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.
UK space shot's tribute to Newton
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.
Public asked to count UK butterflies
Conservationists call on the public to help survey the state of Britain's countryside by counting butterflies.
Software can decode bird songs
Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.
'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.
Secret of sandstone shapes revealed
Geologists discover that the stress applied by gravity is what controls the shape of dramatic sandstone landmarks.
Four-winged dinosaur found in China
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.
Rosetta heads for 'space duck'
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.
Scientists develop robotic fingers
A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.
Stand-off in brain project debate
After leaders of the billion-euro Human Brain Project hit back at critics, six top neuroscientists have expressed "dismay" at their public response.
Diamond crushed to Saturn's extremes
Diamond, nature's hardest material, has been crushed to record extremes using the "world's biggest laser".
Clark promises continuity on science
New science minister Greg Clark says his brief is to continue the "excellent work" of his predecessor David Willetts.
Hawking: 'I support Assisted Dying'
The scientist Prof Stephen Hawking has said he supports a Bill to legalise assisted dying, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.
Australia votes to repeal carbon tax
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.
Twitchers flock to glimpse rare bird
Hundreds of bird-watchers flock to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in British waters.
Climate-sceptic charity to be split
A climate-sceptic group founded by former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lawson is to relaunch after a complaint about its charitable status.
NZ fights 'plague' of stoats and rats
New Zealand approves mass poisoning to protect native wildlife.
Dolphin attacks on bay porpoises
Dolphin attacks on porpoises in Cardigan Bay leave marine scientists scratching their heads.
55 dead sharks on beach 'horrific'
A marine biologist says the "horrific" sight of 55 sharks washed up on a Gower beach may be the result of trawling.
Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.
Two bee swarms hit town in one day
A Powys councillor tells how she photographed two swarms of bees in Newtown on the same day.
Sea turtle migrates 2,472 miles
A green sea turtle migrated a staggering 3,979 km (2,472 miles) in a year, according to Swansea University researchers.
VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers
Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.
VIDEO: Scientists survey jellyfish after boom
More and more jellyfish are being spotted on the UK's coastline during the summer months, and now scientists have decided to try and find out why.
AUDIO: Warm weather boosts slug numbers
There has been an increase in the number of slugs in Britain's gardens due to the warm and damp weather.
VIDEO: Loris success in Sri Lanka
The Loris, one of world's smallest primates is under threat through loss of habitat. Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara runs a conservation site to protect the animals.
VIDEO: Troubled Glasgow tower reopens
The Glasgow Science Centre tower has reopened to the public after being closed for almost four years.
AUDIO: How to count butterflies for science
Sir David Attenborough has urged the public to look for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count
VIDEO: Europa and the hunt for alien life
The search for life on other planets has long inspired science fiction novelists and Nasa missions but could one of Jupiter's moons, Europa, provide proof?
VIDEO: Westwood: No mandate for fracking
Nearly half of the British people do not know what fracking is, says Vivienne Westwood in a personal film
Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan
European spat over energy savings target
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?
Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?
Giant python gets a health check
Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Models and conceptual drawings by famous car manufacturers
Climate change shuttle diplomacy
UK Climate Secretary travels world in hope of paving way for emissions deal
The virus detective who discovered Ebola
The young medic who discovered the deadly Ebola bug
Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration
Ocean exploration is going further than ever
The beaches where Lego keeps washing up
The beaches where Lego keeps washing up
Captured carbon to feed farmed fish?
Carbon dioxide turned into food for farmed fish
Europe's combat drone challenge
Europe develops advance unmanned combat planes
VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope
One of Britain's rarest butterflies is given a new home
VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor
The man making art from the bones of ocean giants
Wild bees disappear across the UK
Does disappearance of wild honeybees matter?
Spaceport Britain: 'No challenge is insurmountable'
Can we really have a spaceport in Britain by 2018?
How much science in new Planet of the Apes film?
Is there any science behind Planet of the Apes?
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All aboard: China's railway dream
Is China revolutionising high-speed rail travel?
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