Just keeping it Fresh

It always makes for a great movie. The lonely scientist in his white coat, working alone in his lab late into the night. There he is, mixing crazy coloured chemicals as part of an insane quest to find some sort of secret elixir. Like Alec Guinness in The Man in the White Suit, or Spencer…

A Meteorite Detective Story

Professor Colin Pillinger in front of the meteorite from Lake House. (image: Andy Tindle) Everyone likes a good detective story. And at the heart of any serious who-dun-it there has to be a tenacious sleuth, who stops at nothing to find the truth. In the finest tradition of the genre here comes the tale of…

Out of the Freezer

Collecting meteorites in Antarctica with ANSMET (image Linda Martel, ANSMET) It is an astonishing fact that of the nearly 42,000 officially recognised meteorites logged on the Meteoritical Society database just over 29,000 were collected in Antarctica. That means that close to 70% of the worlds classified meteorites come from the most remote and inhospitable place…

A New Space Race

Neil Armstrong (left) and Eugene Cernan (right) giving evidence to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (22nd September 2011). The hearing was held to examine the strategic goals and priorities of America’s human space exploration program. (image: House Committee). The launch of China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, on 29th September was given wide…