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
Moustached monkey is separate species
A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a distinctive "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.
ICEYE's 'suitcase space radar' returns first image
Finnish start-up ICEYE releases a "first light" picture from its novel radar satellite.
Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told
Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate change targets, ministers are told.
UK firm contracts to service satellites
Effective Space says it will launch "space drones" to prolong the life of telecommunications satellites in orbit.
Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues
Wild dolphins burn up to 33,000 calories a day, say researchers - equivalent to about 60 salmon portions.
Hubble scores unique close-up view of distant galaxy
The Hubble telescope has scored an unprecedented close-up view of one of the Universe's oldest galaxies.
How flowering plants conquered the world
Scientists solve Darwin's "abominable mystery": How flowers rapidly evolved and spread across the globe.
Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'
Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.
Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site
Donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry tourists in extreme heat, a group says.
Female engineers set for success
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.
UK satellite to make movies from space
The spacecraft paves the way to a constellation collecting full-colour, hi-def video of Earth.
Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China
Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.
Citizen science bags five-planet haul
Astronomy enthusiasts help to confirm the existence of a five-planet system orbiting a far-off star.
Huge black hole blasts out 'double burp'
A massive black hole is seen to eject streams of high-energy particles after bingeing on hot gas.
Theresa May defends 'long-term' plastic waste plan
Campaigners say "emergency" action is needed now as the PM unveils a 25-year plastics crackdown.
'Serious gap' in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics
A discrepancy in measurements of the Universe's expansion rate has now become "pretty serious".
Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago
Newly discovered fossils in Germany shed light on the emergence of butterflies and moths.
Light shed on mystery space radio pulses
Astronomers have fresh insight on a mysterious source of recurring radio pulses from space.
Flying telescope yields insights into birth of stars
A telescope inside a jumbo jet yields new insights on how stars are born from collapsing gas and dust.
Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake
Norishige Kanai says he has actually grown 2cm in space in three weeks, blaming a measuring mistake.
Mount Mayon: Philippines volcano spews out lava
Volcanologists say a "hazardous explosion" could be imminent, as thousands flee the area around Mount Mayon in the Philippines.
Wallaby gives police slip on Sydney Bridge
The unusual sight of a wallaby bounding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge has surprised early-morning motorists.
'Floating on air' after surgeons remove 19kg tumour
Watch surgeons as they remove a 19.5kg tumour from a woman's body.
Baby Panda Yuan Meng makes debut in France
The first panda ever born in France has gone on display to the public.
Cloned Newmarket dachshund expecting puppies
Minnie Winnie was created by science after her owner won a competition.
Smallest cat in world: Footage of rare animal
They weigh about 1kg and their eyes are six times more powerful than ours.
Giant bat: Remains of extinct burrowing bat found in New Zealand
The newly found bat is said to be three times the size of an average bat today.
Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars
Curiosity has reached a part of the Red Planet with geology named after places across Scotland.
Hot topic
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Check your pollution
Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.
How green are the Tories?
Theresa May's environment policy pledge is the latest step in the party's journey on the issue.
Thirsty city
With water usage and droughts across the globe rising, the race is on to manage water more efficiently.
Kitchen welfare
In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled - but do they really feel pain?
Whale people
A glimpse into the life the Inupiat, an indigenous community in Alaska.
Back from the brink
Heavily armed and highly trained anti-poaching patrols have helped the population's recovery.
Busy year for storms
Was the remarkable 2017 hurricane season the worst ever? And did climate change play any part?
'Job done'
World land-speed record-holder Andy Green reflects on the past 12 months' achievements in developing the Bloodhound supersonic car.
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