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
Africa's farmers face failed seasons
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.
Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'
An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.
Russian sex geckos die in orbit
Five gecko lizards sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a sex experiment have all died, the Russian space agency says.
How corals stir up their world
Corals stir up the water, creating vortices that draw in nutrients and drive away waste, research reveals.
Vacuum cleaner debate hots up
Don't get suckered, Mr Vacuum Cleaner tells people trying to beat new EU rules.
African food security on the menu
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.
Xenon and argon banned for athletes
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.
Antarctic waters 'rising faster'
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.
Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating
New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.
Iceland issues new volcano alert
Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.
Legal challenge to badger cull fails
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.
DNA tells story of Arctic peopling
A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.
UN seeks climate change 'Malala'
Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.
Genetic clues to spread of Ebola
Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.
Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow
Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.
Action films 'may make you fat'
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.
Global coal 'binge' missed in data
The climate impacts of the world's fossil-fuelled power plants are being underestimated because of poor accounting, say researchers.
Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle
Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.
A sheepdog's 'two rules' for success
Scientists produce a simple mathematical model that explains how a single sheepdog can herd a large number of sheep.
Magnetic levitation in 3D advances
Harvard researchers develop a system to orientate small objects in any direction using magnetic levitation.
Row over polish to detect 'rape drug'
Rape-prevention tool draws online backlash from anti-rape advocates
Potential comet landing sites chosen
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to put a robot on a comet in November, has identified five potential sites for the touchdown.
Whole organ 'grown' in world first
A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.
Galileo satellites on wrong orbit
The European Space Agency says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the US GPS sat-nav system have not gone into the correct orbit.
Woman finds 3ft wasp nest on bed
A pest controller takes on the "biggest job of his career" when he is called to deal with a nest of more than 5,000 wasps.
World's rarest bird needs new home
The last remaining population of the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard, needs a new wetland home if it is to thrive again, a study reveals.
Methane vents bubble up off US coast
Researchers say they have discovered more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast.
Stench of decay turns coral away
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.
Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.
Urban areas are hives for wild bees
A study finds a "considerable richness" of bee species in urban habitats, suggesting cities could help maintain healthy populations of the vital pollinators.
Rare antelope births 'fantastic'
The birth of a pair of rare bongo antelopes in captivity is "fantastic news" for the "critically endangered" species, say conservationists.
Memories 'flipped' from bad to good
Neuroscientists artificially turn a mouse's fearful memory into a positive one, and vice versa.
Badger cull targets are announced
A target number of badgers to be killed in this year's pilot cull to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is announced.
VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.
VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.
VIDEO: Greenhouse gas fear over meat production
Global consumption of meat needs to fall to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment, a study says.
VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio.
AUDIO: Global citizens to address climate summit
Five hundred global citizens frustrated at the stalemate over climate policy will learn today if they have won the chance to vent their anger at world leaders.
VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers 'must recycle'
Over the decades tonnes of disposed tents, spent oxygen cylinders and bottles have been left behind on Mount Everest by people trying to scale it. Now authorities are urging them to bring the waste back down with them to recycle it.
VIDEO: Scientists trial knotweed killers
Swansea University scientists are conducting the largest field trial in Europe to find new ways of killing Japanese knotweed.
AUDIO: Puffins 'Frankie Howerd of bird world'
A study by the National Trust suggests seabirds around the UK coastline are being hit by a "triple whammy" of extreme weather, predators and disturbance by humans.
Sentinel system pictures Napa quake
First report from Europe's new quake-watcher
The girl with three biological parents
The girl with three biological parents
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Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?
Water voles end 20-year absence
Water voles end 20-year absence in Scottish Highlands
Mouse on lily tops photo competition
Animal nightlife - and other great images from photo contest
VIDEO: Teaching children to be engineers
The summer school teaching children to be young engineers
'Antarctic audit' for marine life
New atlas catalogues 9,000 Southern Ocean species
TV white space could be a lifesaver
Could unused TV signal improve rural broadband?
Sniffing out the allergy epidemic
Why so many of us are developing allergies
Warning over electrical brain stimulation
Warning over electrical brain stimulation
UK air pollution fuels official concern
Measuring and tackling an invisible killer
Study creates 'virtual time travel'
Using virtual reality to 'go back in time'
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