Paul Sutton


How Dark is space

This is the October public lecture from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Location: Online Attendance Only Date ;October 5 2021 Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM




3 neutrino flavours



Planets form in organic soups with different ingredients

Interesting article found on Mastodon, scientists have mapped the chemical composition of planetary nurseries. Looks like I have quite a bit of reading to do, as there are 3 papers linked to this article.

I have included the usual links to the original article & discourse discussion.





Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Planets form in organic soups with different ingredients: A series of new images reveals that planets form in organic soups — and no two soups are alike.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 September 2021

Astrology versus Astronomy: What's the Difference, Really?

This is the September public lecture from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Location: Online Attendance Only Date ; September 7 2021 Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Open Access Video

This is an interesting video on open access to research. Making research papers cheaper and easier to access for people.

Another related post




Another Step for Open Access in the UK

More good news here, better access to science journals. This will be most welcome, especially given if it is publicly funded research.

I have quoted the first paragraph from [1] and added the latter part of this which is a link to Science Mag as [2] in the links list.

The UK is already a leader in achieving open access for journal articles but have recently taken a further step. The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a major funder of UK research, has announced that starting in April 2022, researchers receiving support from their £8 billion annual fund [2]


1 Article 2



Can The Human Body Handle Rotating Artificial Gravity?

Another interesting item posted to Mastodon

Artificial gravity for spaceflight is a concept older than spaceflight itself, but we've only ever seen one small scale test ever flown in space. However decades of research have been performed to show that the human body can adapt to the conditions required for rotating artificial gravity. 

There is a video on youtube, along with a discussion on Mastodon. Links below.

Video here




Scientists Have Measured Earth's Ancient Magnetic Field From Stone Age Artifacts

This looks like a really useful breakthrough and will allow more study of the magnetic field around earth at different times through out Earths history. and will help predict how the field may change in the future too.

#ScienceAlert #Science #News and #Amazing #Breakthroughs #bot

First look at the IPCC climate report

An interesting article [1] examining the recent IPCC [2] report on climate change, highlighting six of the most important takeaways from this. The full report is at [3] while I have set up a discussion on discourse at [4]


1 First look at Climate Change Report 2 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 3 Sixth Assessment report 4. Discourse Discussion



New evidence of a large cold spot partly causing dimming of Betelgeuse

This is another interesting item found on the Fediverse. It seems Betelgeuse is still active. It does appear that there are different ideas as to why this is happening

If Betelgeuse does go Super Nova then this activity may give clues to how stars can behave before hand, giving indications to future events that can be studied more closely perhaps.

I have added a discourse link in case anyone would like to comment further generally.

I have downloaded the paper for this, from Nature Communications.