Changing the Climate

So hot right now: My first volcano

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau As we approached Krakatau by boat, it was hard to believe that this was the site of the catastrophic eruption in 1883 that killed around 35,000 people. All of the islands were very much alive: green and... Continue Reading →


The ‘Warming Hiatus’ – Did Global Warming Really Slow Down After 1998?

James A. King There is no doubt that the average temperature of the planet is increasing due to the burning of fossil fuels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) brings together experts on climate science from all over the... Continue Reading →

All these worlds…

Ben Fernando This blog wasn’t originally going to be about exoplanets, but given exciting NASA announcements on this subject in the last few months I couldn’t resist. To anyone who follows science news, the discoveries of planets orbiting other stars... Continue Reading →

The Great American Eclipse

Isabelle Taylor I remember seeing a solar eclipse from London in 1999, and even though I was very young at the time it’s an experience I’ve never forgotten. One of the great things about doing a PhD is the opportunity... Continue Reading →

An Event to Eclipse all others

Matt Brown Sorry about the title, I’m sure that pun has been made thousands of times before. But to be honest, right now – over a week since it happened – I still can’t think of a better way to... Continue Reading →

Penguins – a life amongst space dust

Martin Suttle and Fiona Jones In our collective mind’s eye, we imagine Antarctica as a bitterly cold, endless expanse of ice and snow, where brave adventurers from past ages hauled sledges to the South Pole. In this near-pristine environment, almost... Continue Reading →

Interview: From Cosmochemist to Cosmonaut? GW4+ Student and BBC Astronaut Candidate Tim Gregory

Lucy Kissick As NASA and SpaceX reveal their increasingly-extraordinary plans for spaceflight and interplanetary colonisation, a lowly DTP student could be forgiven for feeling distant from this glamorous, seemingly untouchable world of astronautical advancement. But third-year geologist Tim Gregory, with... Continue Reading →

Cassini’s Swan Song

Kaja Fenn On 15th September Cassini will begin its journey into Saturn’s thick atmosphere. There its last bit of fuel will be used to point its antenna towards the Earth. Eventually it will lose its battle against the atmospheric forces... Continue Reading →

The Geysers of Enceladus

Ben Fernando In 1979 the twin Voyager spacecraft flew past Saturn, photographing its stunning ring system, dynamic atmosphere and many of its moons. Hitherto unseen features were revealed, but a myriad of mysteries were also uncovered. Titan, the planet’s largest... Continue Reading →

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