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Moving on – when it’s not your decision

On February 23, 2015

Science is one of the most adventurous careers one can choose. There are so many opportunities for changing your field of study that it allows you to live the dream – having a job that will never get you bored. People say artists and writers have unique features: they are creative, dreamers, always thinking outside […]

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So long, Sid

On January 30, 2015

As we get older, one aspect of the festive season becomes increasingly evident, an issue that younger readers may not have considered. It concerns the Christmas cards that do not arrive. Or, alternatively, they do arrive, but with a short note sadly informing us of the demise of a loved one. This year we had […]

The true impact of ‘Pathways to Impact’

On January 13, 2015

The ESA’s Rosetta mission has achieved several firsts in the field of space exploration, but the one that has recently got people talking is the landing of the Philae probe on Comet 67A/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November. This is the first controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus, and it has captured public attention – even if […]

The search for our beginnings

On January 5, 2015

“Volcanologists go to volcanoes for their field work, but meteoriticists never go to asteroids!” Shogo Tachibana is an associate professor at Hokkaido University and one of the key scientists on the team behind Japan’s new Hayabusa2 mission. As he talked, he plucked from a shelf in his office a small grey rock embedded in a […]

Reflections on Rosetta

On November 19, 2014

“It’s all down to Isaac Newton now. It’s down to the laws of physics.” As the world waited to hear whether a refrigerator-sized probe had landed on a comet’s surface, European Space Agency senior science advisor Mark McCaughrean spoke to the live webfeed in Germany. “If Isaac’s friendly to us, we’ll have a great landing,” […]