Hails from: Born in Guyana (South America) and raised in England, Chris brought his family to Perth in 1986.
Past Life: From 1969 to 2014, Chris worked with computers of all shapes and sizes, performing a variety of roles for employers of many different flavours. Then he realised that, despite his vast experience and his two degrees from Murdoch University, there were kids in primary school who knew more about the new breed of devices than he did! So he retired to take up writing more seriously. He writes science fiction and science fact. As C J L Marr he writes “steamy” stories about Suzi, an agent in a future universe who will stop at nothing to complete her mission. As Editor of the Astronomical Society of WA’s newsletter, The Sidereal Times, and as their Education Officer, Chris writes and talks astronomy and loves to explain it as simply as possible.
Favourite Science: Astronomy (he grew up during the heyday of Sir Patrick Moore and shares his unbounded enthusiasm).
Loves: Music (everything from classical to heavy metal), writing science fiction, showing people the night sky, watching rugby union and American football, travel, walking Billie the dog.
CITIZEN scientists have had a big win, with the discovery of a rare galaxy cluster being named after the two volunteers who found it while on Radio Galaxy Zoo.
KARIJINI National Park is set to become WA’s first Dark Sky Park if Perth-based Dr Kellie Pendoley from Pendoley Environmental—and a leading member of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)—gets her way.
AN asteroid four times the size of Rottnest Island ploughing into Earth at incredible speed and gouging a crater the size of Victoria—it’s the stuff of nightmares, and it actually happened 3.46 billion years ago according to findings from the Pilbara.
A FIVE metre tall homemade rocket is planned to launch on the weekend of 4th/5th June, by Perth’s Samantha Ridgway at the West Australian Rocketry Society’s “Williams Wildfire Westernationals”.
IMAGINE trying on new pair of spectacles and when glancing around to test them you spot a monster—that’s exactly what happened when the ASKAP antennas were turned towards a group of three merging galaxies 1.8 billion light years away.
FROM designing better drugs to pondering the nature of gravity waves, UWA’s new supercomputer Pople is empowering local scientists to push the boundaries in their own fields.
WITH this week’s release of the new Captain America movie, Civil War, it’s another opportunity to see Captain Rogers and Tony Stark as Iron Man draw on their superhuman strength and technology—even if they bring it to bear against each other this time around.
HAVING a smartphone unlock once it recognises your face or using a paypass machine that needs your fingerprint to finalise a purchase are becoming increasingly common, but are these the best way to stay secure?
WE’VE already found gravity waves through a detector that can sense movement which is around 100 trillion times less than the width of a human hair, so what’s the next step? How about increasing that sensitivity by using a cat flap.
THIS week humankind was delivered a body blow by an artificial intelligence (AI) called AlphaGo that beat Go’s world champion, Lee Sedol, so is it now time for humans to let the machines rule the world?