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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Blue Moon of 2015 Thrills Skywatchers with Lunar Beauty (Photos)
The second full moon of July brought a stunning Blue Moon to skywatchers around the world on July 31, wowing them with a spectacular lunar sight. See their photos and reactions here.
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Is Our Universe a Fake?
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Russia Formally Commits to International Space Station Through 2024
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia?s relations with the West.
XCOR to Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Space Plane Flights
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Cassini Spacecraft to Make Final Flybys of 2 Icy Saturn Moons
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Telescope Tag Team Brings Uranus-Size Alien Planet into Focus
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SETI Targets Kepler-452b, Earth's 'Cousin,' in Search for Alien Life
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Lagoon Nebula Seething With 'Violent Phenomena' | Video
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Will Europe's Philae Comet Lander Make Another Comeback?
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NASA Wants Your Help to Classify Weird Mars Terrain
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Dwarf Planet Ceres' Mountains and Craters Get Names in NASA Maps
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In order to begin addressing looming problem of human-created orbital debris, the Swiss Clean Space One project is developing a satellite to capture a test Cubesat.
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