As far as the human race can tell, we humans seem to live on the only planet with any form of intelligent life on it. Since the late 1960s mankind has been to or sent probes and telescopes outside the Earth to find out more about the Universe. Science fiction has given extraterrestrial life a … Continue reading
Approximately 4.6 billion years ago our solar system started to form. The Big Bang being 9.2 Billion years before our own solar system started to form. By this time the universe looked pretty much as it does now due to the 9.2 billion years worth of expansion and cooling. Within those 9.2 billion years hundreds … Continue reading The Origin of Life Series Part 2 : Formation of Life on Earth.
Carl Sagan famously proclaimed that we are all made of stars. Whilst this particular quote looks well on Facebook Cover Photos and on canvas wall prints at home, it actually has a significant amount of truth in it. Everything around us, including us, have building blocks which make us who we are as a species. … Continue reading The Origin of Life Series : We’re All Made of Stars
I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend! I went back to Kent, where I grew up, to see my parents and some friends. I was chatting to my Dad, who's a leader for the local scout group (30th Strood in case you were wondering), and he was telling me that the exhaust from … Continue reading Car Chemistry – Catalytic Converters
I recently found out that I've been selected to attend the 67th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Here Nobel prize winners from chemistry come and meet, lecture and guide the next generation of young scientists. It's an honour to be selected, as only the top 400 young chemists in the world are invited (special hello … Continue reading Profiles in Excellence – Ahmed Zewail
3 weeks ago I was in Olhaõ, Portugal to talk about my work on an international level. Aside from being a great trip in a beautiful setting, it gave me a chance to discuss my research with people whom I wouldn't have otherwise met and to form ideas of which I never would have thought. … Continue reading A Comment on Division
I have been asked to contribute to GlamBlog by writing about chemistry. In this first post, I'd like to take some time to introduce myself and go over what I'll be writing about in the coming months. I'm a PhD student at the University of Sussex, in my second year. I'm an astrochemist, which means … Continue reading GlamBlog’s First Chemist – What to Expect