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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Might gravity have mass? From Physics World: When confronted with something unexplained in the data, scientists face…
[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Might gravity have mass? From Physics World: When confront...
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] The Inside of a Neutron Star Looks Spookily Familiar Exotic ultra-compressed matter can look like pasta, among other…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Is Space Becoming a Gold Mine? A new law grants private companies ownership over the materials they extract from…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Gravitational waves and where to find them Advanced LIGO has just begun its search for gravitational waves For…
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I'm talking to Mosaic about my article on the science of life tomorrow, and you can join in!
 
What is life? How do we define it? If we met new life - on this planet or the next - can we recognise it? Join us for a +Mosaic and +Science on Google+ Hangout on air as we speak to Dr +Matthew Francis about this fascinating topic. 

Matthew is a science writer and physicist. His latest feature on Mosaic opens with an intriguing description of how NASA is studying the depths of Lake Pavillion in Canada, in an attempt to understand more about how life on Earth began, and what extraterrestrial life might be like (read more at http://mosaicscience.com/story/what-life).
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday October 24th at 4 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.

More about Lake Pavillion: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/about_pavilionlake.html

Join the conversation using #MosaicHOA  
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I spent the weekend at the National Association of Science Writers annual conference (this year in Cambridge, Massachusetts), which was a wonderful experience. Thank you to the organizers, sponsors, board members, session leaders, and everyone else who…
I spent the weekend at the National Association of Science Writers annual conference (this year in Cambridge, Massachusetts), which was a wonderful experience. Thank you to the organizers, sponsors...
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I was invited to give a short talk at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Kissimmee, Florida last week, along with a few other astronomy/physics people who are now working outside of academic science. Thanks to the American Institute of…
I was invited to give a short talk at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Kissimmee, Florida last week, along with a few other astronomy/physics people who are now working outside of...
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One of my personal holiday traditions involves reading Terry Pratchett’s novel Hogfather. Strictly speaking, Hogfather is a Christmas book: the Hogfather of the title is the Santa Claus/Father Christmas figure in Pratchett’s imaginary flat planet…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Does Pluto Have Ice Volcanoes? That’s what some scientists believe. And it might have a heart, too For The Daily…
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People ask me if I feel naked without my hat. The answer is no. I feel naked without, say, my trousers, but if you walk down the street without wearing a hat, the police take very little interest at all. But, yes…I’ve grown very attached to the hat, over…
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[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Glueballs are the missing frontier of the Standard Model There should be particles made entirely of gluons, but we…
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Back in June, I traveled to a remote lake in British Columbia to visit a NASA research site. That trip resulted in a long article I wrote for Mosaic, which roamed over a wide range of topics: what a Canadian lake has to do with life on Mars, the…
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Physicist, science writer, hat man
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I’m a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. My writing and speaking specialties are cosmology, astronomy, and many other topics in physics, all aimed at non-specialist audiences. I have appeared in comics form as Pluto’s moon Nix. I’m currently writing a book on cosmology, with working title Back Roads, Dark Skies: A Cosmological Journey.
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