2 Months To Go

It dawned on me a few days ago that I have just 2 months left in Shanghai and I’m really not ready to leave! Summer has arrived and while it is very humid it’s not yet unbearable so the weather is perfect for meals/drinks outdoors and I’m actually starting to get a bit of a […]

Heavens Above! observing special: Debris discs as seen from Mauna Kea

  Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website. This month features an extra special post as our resident astronomer, Claire Davies, is busy observing the heavens with the James Clark Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) from the mountain top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.  About the JCMT Astronomers make use of the various […]

May 2014 – Libra and the planet Saturn

Heavens Above!   Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Aries and the seasons. This time, we focus instead on the constellation of Libra and the planet Saturn.   Constellation XI – Libra […]

Lost in Translation

There are some aspects of life in China that even after half a year here I still find extremely odd. A lot of quirks in the culture that just don’t really translate into something we would have back home. One thing I’ve gotten used to but still occasionally throws me when I see extreme examples […]

April 2014 – Aries and the seasons

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Orion and its association with the deaths of stars. This time, we focus on the constellation of Aries and its links to the seasons. […]

March 2014 – Orion Part II: The Deaths of Stars

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Orion and its association with the birth of stars. This time, we stay with Orion for a little while longer but turn our attention […]

Winter Break

Apologies for the long delay since my last post! I’ve been pretty busy travelling for the last couple of months but I’m now safely back in Shanghai, starting up my experiments again and am incredibly happy to be here. The city feels much more like home now that I’ve been away and come back and […]

February 2014 – Orion and the Birth of Stars

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Gemini and the planet Jupiter. This time, we focus on the constellation of Orion and its association with the birth of stars. Constellation IX […]

January 2014 – Gemini and Jupiter

Heavens Above! Happy new year to all Heavens Above! readers! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to bring you a different constellation of focus. Last month, we focused on the constellation of Boötes and the planet hosting star, tau Boo. This time, we focus on the constellation of […]

Countdown to Christmas

Two weeks ’til Christmas, which means just one week until I fly back to the UK to spend a month seeing family and friends and gorging myself on as much British food and fresh air as I can get. It’s been tricky to get into the Christmas spirit here as China is a mostly non-Christian […]

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