Galileo’s Doughnuts

Stuff, fluff and guff about things in the wider universe


Ancient Nuclear Power

When extracting uranium from natural deposits, you get 3 isotopes; uranium 238, uranium 234 and uranium 235. The latter isotope is the most precious to humanity, as it…


Megacryometeor Madness

or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Watch the Sky


Imagine being caught in a hailstorm for a moment. We’ve almost certainly all had that…


The Positive Side of Lightning


Who doesn’t love a good thunder and lightning show? The awesome power of nature writ large across the sky in a spectacular show of sound, light and fury worthy…


The story of an atom


13.798 ± 0.037 billion years ago (or thereabouts), something happened. A tiny thing that we call a singularity, for reasons we still don’t understand, began to expand…


The Universe is a pint of beer


Whilst not as refreshing, nor capable of being contained inside a standard pint glass, the universe is surprisingly like a pint of beer.


The Last Eclipse


Unless you plan to be around until September 2090, chances are if you want to see a total solar eclipse, you’ll have to travel away from the UK. If you’ve ever seen a total…


Ice Bound Life


Hiking across a glacier is not something to everyone’s taste, but to glacial geologists, it’s more than just a hobby. In 1887, one such geologist, George Wright, was walking…


42 Minutes


When you think Robert Hooke and Issac Newton, you think of great strides in the human understanding of the natural world. What you perhaps don’t think of is mass transportation…


When in astronomical history would you have liked to have lived?


Imagine looking up at the night sky on a clear, cloudless night and seeing the awesome majesty of the night sky spread…


Solar Chaos


The sun is our constant companion; it supplies heat and light to us and keeps our small blue/green world from freezing. However, as serene as the sun seems on a lazy summers day, a…


The Day I Saw A Ghost


Anecdotes, whilst not considered compelling evidence by skeptics, nevertheless hold a lot of power over those not used to thinking in a skeptical or scientific way. We…

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