Curiosity rover is on Mars! Follow the news! – Updated

Aug 05, 2012 No Comments 5637 views

Curiosity rover (Mars Science Laboratory, NASA) has successfully landed on Gale crater, Mars, on Monday August 6, 5:31 TU (Sunday August 5, 22:31 PDT). The rover is carrying the most advanced geology and geochemistry laboratory which has been ever sent to another planetary body. This includes cool instrumentation to carry out X-ray diffraction / fluorescence, […]

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Men and Machines

Aug 02, 2012 No Comments 1707 views

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have gazed up at the stars and planets overhead. Even now, separated from our forebears by an expansive gulf of time, technology and knowledge, the stars remain distant, esoteric but evocative targets. Our curiosity and thirst for understanding…

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How to save your fieldwork season

Jul 13, 2012 No Comments 1818 views

You just know it when it’s time to leave the field and head for home. When the thought of one more day collecting rocks in the field is just too much to handle; when the mosquito bites feel like personal attacks and the homely daily routines appear in your mind as something heavenly: DVD’s, your […]

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Goldschmidt 2012, Impressions from Montréal

Jul 05, 2012 No Comments 1475 views

Having hurriedly wrapped up my poster and put my current projects on hold, I arrived in Montréal, Canada, a couple of days before the official start of the conference with the firm idea of enjoying the touristic attractions the city had to offer. Joining in with other early bird attendees we strolled through Montréal, enjoying […]

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Geochemists Gather at Goldschmidt

Jul 04, 2012 1 Comment 2460 views

Taking its name from one of the great pioneers of geochemistry, Victor Moritz Goldschmidt (1888-1947), the Goldschmidt conference has become a key annual event for geochemists and Earth scientists alike. It provides an opportunity for fresh-faced postgrads to meet like-minded people whose eyes don’t glaze over when they discuss their work, and gives senior academics […]

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Memories of Montréal

Jul 04, 2012 No Comments 1467 views

The 2012 Goldschmidt conference took place between the 24th and 29th June in Montréal, Quebec. Conferences are interesting beasts for all involved. For the new PhD students, this may be the first time to present their work in public, which brings a whole raft of stress-related baggage. For intermediates such as late-stage PhD students and […]

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We, the pioneers.

May 31, 2012 1 Comment 1925 views

As Voyager 1 cradles the edge of our Solar System, poised to enter the vacuous expanse of deep space, we are approaching a milestone that many on this planet are not aware of. As this magnificent example of human engineering leaves the confines of the warm embrace of our Sun, at ~120 AU a now faint and […]

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Cake or Science?

May 04, 2012 No Comments 1450 views

We were hungry for knowledge and thirsty for cider, so to Oviedo we went!

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A Multiplicity of Worlds

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments 3069 views

Undoubtedly the most exciting exoplanet news of the past week is the discovery of a star system with…

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Geochemistry RiP

Apr 05, 2012 No Comments 1964 views

I recently attended a ‘Research in Progress’, or ‘RiP’, meeting organised by the UK’s Geochemistry Group…

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