Alien invaders on Planet Earth

It may surprise you to learn that invasive species are regarded by conservationists as THE greatest cause of species extinctions in recent history. Some say there is limited evidence of this claim [1], however it is agreed that the threat these exotic intruders pose is often catastrophic to local species, and hard to mitigate against with the increasing […]

January 2016 – Violent Galaxies

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in the night sky. Last month, we examined some of the largest stars in our galaxy. In this issue, we will discuss the most violent acts of galaxies. When we peer into the vastness of space, we […]

November 2015 – The Largest Stars in Our Galaxy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the mystery of dark energy and how it shapes our universe. In this issue, we will discover the largest stars known to exist. When we look […]

Why should we protect wildlife?

Following on from my last post in which I tried to bring across the divide that has been separating many people from the natural world, I am now going to deal with how we convince policy-makers, businessmen and women, politicians, economists, the local plumber, teachers, parents and the homeless person on the street corner, why […]

October 2015 – The Mystery of Dark Energy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we profiled three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. In this issue, we will discuss the mystery of ‘dark energy’ and how we believe it exists.  […]

Welcome to my blog…and how to cure Nature Deficit Disorder

First of all let me take the chance to thank you for clicking on this link to my new blog, “Wildlife Warrior”, with Sci@StAnd. My major hope is that this blog will help to inspire you to do your bit for our planet’s wildlife, as well as being interesting, fun and thought-provoking! Each week or […]

September 2015 – Astronomy of the Renaissance

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the dwarf planet Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft flyby. This month, we will profile three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. Although modern […]

July 2015 – Pluto and the New Horizons Spacecraft

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we showcased the the great observatories of space. This month, we will discuss the flyby of the planet pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. The Realm of Pluto […]

June 2015 – The Great Space Observatories

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we explored our place in the Galaxy. In this issue, we will be discussing the great observatories of space. The Hubble Space Telescope The first of four great […]

Reasons for Research in Industry

In an academic research setting, projects are run to increase and develop understanding of specific areas of interest. In an industrial research setting, while some areas are looked into for understanding and interest, it is still a profit driven environment, dictated by the market and the laws which govern it. In some of my earlier […]

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