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
Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'
Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.
Flood defence assessment completed
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.
Malta criticised for mass bird shoot
A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
SpaceX launches station cargo flight
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.
Female cave insects have 'penises'
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.
EU green light for UK carbon project
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.
Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.
EU Sentinel returns first images
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.
Artists have unique brain structure
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
'World's fastest' lift to be built
Hitachi says it will install a lift capable of reaching speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper in Guangzhou, southern China.
Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved in glass when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.
Early air points to cold, dry Mars
Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.
Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse
Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.
Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point'
A new treatment for hepatitis C cured 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, say scientists after studies in Europe and the US.
Pentagon eyes drone wi-fi hotspots
The US defence department is working on how to use old drones to provide wi-fi in remote locations, such as on the battlefield.
Airbus wins major weather prize
The competition to manufacture the next generation of Europe's most important series of weather satellites is won by Airbus Defence and Space.
Doctors implant lab-grown vagina
Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.
Birds choose best building materials
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.
EU approves alien species blacklist
The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed.
Double whammy threatens Amazon trees
The combination of fire and extreme weather events could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study suggests.
Asia pollution drives Pacific storms
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
Water quality at beaches 'excellent'
A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.
Dutch unveil glow in the dark road
Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.
Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens
A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.
Scottish wildlife rescues up 18%
The Scottish SPCA's new national wildlife rescue centre released nearly 2,800 injured animals back into the wild in 2013.
Seal cull abandoned amid protests
A major wild salmon producer says it is giving up the culling of seals after protests at a harbour in the north east of Scotland.
AUDIO: Migrant birds 'shot as trophies'
Wildlife expert Chris Packham and Sergei Golovkin from Malta's Wild Birds Regulation Unit discuss the number of illegal bird hunters operating in Malta.
VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex
The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.
VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.
VIDEO: The end of the beard is nigh
The end of the beard is nigh - not according to fashion stylists, but to evolutionary biologists.
VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.
VIDEO: How to pack a dinosaur for a move
How to prep dinosaur remains for a 2,000 mile road trip
VIDEO: World 'must end dirty fuel use'
A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.
VIDEO: The films making science captivating
David Reid travels to the Cern institute in Switzerland to find out how film-makers are helping to make science stories more accessible to the public.
'Little progress' on forest protection plan
Forest protection schemes make little progress
What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?
How can a person endure clinging to a plane wheel?
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine
Fire ice: The energy of the future?
Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?
Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds
Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?
A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle
How to move a T-Rex dinosaur
Moving a dinosaur skeleton across the US
What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?
Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?
'Blood moon' eclipse in Americas
Your photos across the Americas of lunar eclipse
The IPCC and the elephant in the room
How legacy of Elvis shaped latest UN climate report
Climate fears over Colombia drought
Colombia's Casanare region ill-prepared for drought
10 inventions that owe their success to World War One
...and nine other inventions that owe their success to WW1
Mini-sub starts search for MH370 wreckage
Mapping the ocean floor where missing Malaysian jet may be
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