Chondrules: An enduring enigma

I am really looking forward to the chondrules workshop taking place tomorrow and Tuesday at the Natural History Museum, London. OK, so I have to get up at the crack of dawn to make it on time, but it’s worth it. The origin of chondrules is a central theme in meteorite science. Lots of work has…

A not so tough week at the office

It’s a bright, frosty Monday morning in late November and I’m sitting in the Berrill Café at the Open University, waiting for Graham. He is stuck in a bit of traffic on the A5. Eventually he makes it and we have a quick coffee and discuss plans for the coming week. Our aim is to…

The World’s Smallest Meteorite Crater?

Let’s face it, a meteorite dropping out of the sky and landing in your garden doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it’s a pretty uncommon event to say the least. You probably have more chance of winning the jackpot on the National Lottery than you have waking up one morning and finding a lump of…

Festive Fun

It was a bit of a shock last week to find that the Open University had decided to go all festive. Christmas already! Oh no! Not yet, surely? But yes! In the Berrill Cafe the staff are now wearing pixie hats, Santa is in his grotto and the air is filled with the sound of…