17983396-proximaImagine my surprise when the last book I read in 2015, hard science fiction about interplanetary colonisation by British author Stephen Baxter, inadvertently slotted itself into the Indigenous Reading Challenge I set myself earlier in the year.

The book – Proxima – is not a perfect fit with the challenge because it is not by an Indigenous author, but one of the main characters is Aboriginal Australian.


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Shadows, stars and bones

Many years ago, I was lucky enough to look over a radiographer’s shoulder while he did a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of someone’s thigh. It was fascinating. You can see wafer thin layers of flesh, blood vessels, bone and cartilage as clearly as if you had sliced through with a knife. Only in black and white, therefore less grisly.

So when my rheumatologist wanted me to have an MRI of my right wrist and hand, I was quite excited. It’s not often you get a chance to look inside your own body. Continue reading

Monday Music: Reach for the stars

A couple of weeks ago Monday Music was all about Mars. Inevitably, I had too many videos, so this is catch-up week. The post was not originally intended to be so specific. It was intended to be very broadly about music related to space. But Mars took over.

I went looking for actual, genuine sounds that you might hear in space. That was before I realised that if you were in space, you wouldn’t actually hear anything. Even the Big Bang, the birth of the universe, was silent. Continue reading