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
Dinosaur dandruff reveals first evidence of skin shedding
Scientists uncover clues to how dinosaurs and early birds shed their skin from 125-million-year-old dandruff.
'Wolf-like' creature shot near Montana ranch puzzles experts
State wildlife experts are seeking DNA analysis to pinpoint the mysterious creature's species.
Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica
Vast troughs are identified in one of the last places to be explored on Earth - under the ice at the South Pole.
How ancestors of living birds survived asteroid strike
Survival depended on whether ancient 'birds' lived on the forest floor or in the branches, say scientists.
Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales
"Dismissive" dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric cars says a new study.
Brexit: UK wants 1bn back from EU if it is excluded from Galileo
The UK steps up its war of words with the EU over being shut out of new satellite navigation system.
Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency
Enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day, the report says.
Grace mission launches to weigh Earth's water
The joint US-German Grace satellites go into orbit to monitor Earth's most important resource.
Farne Island puffin population drop sparks concern
Initial findings in the National Trust's five-yearly survey suggest an overall decline of 12%.
Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly
A genetic study reveals the secrets of how malaria evolved to be a killer of humans.
Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners
Critics of the government proposals say they put too much responsibility on local councils.
'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction
The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with probably only a handful left in the wild.
'Rare' birth of live reindeer twins in Cairngorms
Previously twins born in the herd in the Cairngorms have been stillborn or died shortly after birth.
Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations begin in DR Congo
Some 4,000 vaccines are being used to try to stop an outbreak that has killed at least 26 people.
PM will pay to have 'full association' with EU research
The Prime Minister makes the strongest commitment yet to "fully associate" the UK with the EU's 68bn research programme post-Brexit.
'Permanent' interstellar visitor found
An asteroid from beyond our Solar System has been orbiting near Jupiter for billions of years, scientists say.
China launch will prep for Moon landing
China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a Moon rover mission planned for later in the year.
UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'
An industry expert says petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 or 2035, not 2040.
'Shocking' human impact reported on world's protected areas
One third of the world's protected lands are being degraded by human activities, says a new study.
Madagascar emerges as whale shark hotspot
The endangered whale shark has been hiding in plain sight off Madagascar, say scientists.
Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars
The very first stars to shine in the Universe left a tell-tale trace in a far-distant galaxy.
How physics gender gap starts in the classroom
Some progress has been made in encouraging girls to study A-level physics, but not enough, says report.
UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution
Britain is being taken to the European Court of Justice over persistent breaches of pollution limits.
Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers
Critics say it will be as easy to get the go-ahead to do a test drill as it is for a home conservatory.
Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban
Three insecticides blamed for bee colony collapses will be restricted to greenhouses.
Mysterious rise in emissions of ozone-damaging chemical
Researchers discover an unexplained rise in a compound that is highly destructive to the ozone layer.
Fox catches rabbit, then eagle swoops in
A mid-air tug of war ensued, above San Juan Island in the US state of Washington.
Why is there a row about Galileo?
Britain may be denied full access to the EU's Galileo satellite navigation system on security grounds after Brexit.
Seal released after recovering from plastic air filter injury
The seal named Relashio was close to death when he was rescued.
Hawaiian volcano: What are vog and laze?
Making sense of the Hawaiian volcano with the help of volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya.
This is why those lynx are shrieking
A pair of Canada lynx have been caught on camera "screaming" at each other.
A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers
A baby elephant surprised zoo keepers after being born to a mum whose pregnancy they thought had failed.
Loch Ness Monster: DNA tests may offer new clue
DNA research team say sampling of Loch Ness could uncover evidence of new creatures.
'Memory transplant' achieved in snails
Memories are transferred from one snail to another in a laboratory.
Global problem
National Geographic magazine has published some startling images of the global plastic pollution scourge.
Seeds of hope
The gardens giving hope and a sense of belonging to Syrian refugees in Iraq.
Fatal confusion
Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.
Pump it down
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.
Building back up
After last years first test runs, the Bloodhound supersonic car is being rebuilt ready to go faster still.
Ebola's return
It is unrealistic to think Ebola will ever be eradicated, but it is now easier to prevent a crisis.
Planetary insights
Illustrator and planetary scientist James Tuttle Keane explains the significance of Nasa's new mission.
Sea giants do battle
As demand for natural gas continues to surge, huge extraction vessels are about to go into action.
'Soul destroying'
The eco-friendly hobbyists trying to stem the rising tide of plastic in the seas.
Solar sailing
How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.
Poison project
Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in Russia.
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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