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Atacama meteorite recovery expedition 2019

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In October 2017  Katherine Joy and Romain Tartese from the DEES Isotope Group joined a joint French-Chilean led expedition to the Atacama desert in Chile to search and recover meteorites that will be used for scientific analysis. You can read … Continue reading

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Bubble Experiments at Durham University

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Back in August, I spent 2 weeks with Durham University’s volcanology research group, devising and conducting some experiments. In a nutshell, I was looking at how bubbles behave in a non-Newtonian fluid called hydroxyethyl cellulose solution (HEC solution hereafter), and … Continue reading

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New group paper: Frozen in Time: Lead isotope fossils in ancient zircons

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This blog post has been written by Prof. Ian Lyon —————————————————————————————– Tiny crystals of zircon (ZrSiO4) are found in many rocks and have become the mineral for measuring the ages of rocks.  This is because zircons contain relatively high amounts … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Cast Season 1

We hope you enjoyed the first season of the Cosmic Cast, thanks to all our guests who came on this year! All our episodes are now available to stream on Spotify and iTunes:   If there are any topics you … Continue reading

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Bluedot 2019

We’ve all just got back from the Bluedot science and music festival held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. Despite all the rain, we had a great time! Check out our highlights here:     If you want to go next … Continue reading

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New group paper: Liquid water on Mars less than 227 million years ago

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Dr Martin Guitreau, who was based in the SEES Isotope group, has prepared this blog post about his new research paper. ————————————- Two researchers from the University of Manchester (UK), Université Clermont Auvergne (France), Université de Lorraine (France), and CNRS … Continue reading

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European Lunar Symposium

The past week a number of us have been at the European Lunar Symposium, here in Manchester. Over 100 scientists from across Europe gathered to discuss all things Lunar. The range of talks was fantastic! From Lunar geochemistry to Lunar … Continue reading

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50th Birthday of Allende

Last month today marked the 50th birthday of the meteorite Allende. An observed fall in Mexico, this meteorite turned out to be a very special find, often earning the moniker of ‘the best-studied meteorite in history.’ We caught up with … Continue reading

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Antarctic meteorite search plans

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We have previously posted about the upcoming UK Antarctic meteorite search expedition that is being led through a collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Antarctic Survey. They are now posting … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in the land of ice and fire

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At the end of July Dr Katie Street and myself went back into the field to collect a new selection of samples from Iceland. This mostly involved driving through different regions of Iceland in a 4×4 truck to sample from … Continue reading

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