The Big Questions in Science: the quest for the great unknowns (Carlton Books, 2013)
My first book! Co-authored with my friends Hayley Birch and Colin Stuart, in which we explore 20 of the biggest questions science seeks to answer, from consciousness to quantum physics, cancer, the origins of life and robotics. Published September 2013.
The 20 big questions in science (The Observer/theguardian.com, September 2013)
Riffing on some of the questions from the above book, this was a double-page spread in the The Observer newspaper and the most read article from it on theguardian.com that day. Went on to be the fourth most read article on the Guardian website that day and the most popular in the science section, garnering 218,000 page views, 1100 comments and 7000 shares on Facebook (plus 1100+ tweets) in 24 hours, and syndicated widely from Japan to the US.
The NFL star, the brain scientist and the journalist (Guardian, March 2012)
Waxing lyrical on a tale of celebrity, neuroscience and tragedy woven into a masterful piece of science writing.
Cancer, genomes, evolution and personalised medicine – it’s complicated (Wellcome Trust Blog, March 2012)
On a fascinating study taking the already complicated story of cancer to a whole new level.
The Light and Life Fantastic (Diamond Light Source, February 2012)
Looking back at 10 years of achievement for the Diamond Synchotron in the life sciences.
Nuts and bolts: MRI Scanner (Wellcome News, June 2011) [PDF – see p26]
Explanatory article looking at the inner workings of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner.
Beautiful Creatures: Ralph Lainson and his parasites (Wellcome Trust, May 2011)
Long-length feature article looking at the life and work of pioneering parasitologist Ralph Lainson. This was one of a series of 14 stories commissioned to well-known science writers including the Editor of New Scientist and the Science Editor of the Times. The 14 stories were collected in a commemorative book published in celebration of the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary.
Do you have what it takes to be the next Rebecca Skloot? (Guardian, April 2011)
Storytelling is the most important part of science writing, I wrote as my contribution to this series where established science writers were invited to provide tips for aspiring writers.
Study offers insight into schizophrenia drug success (Institute of Psychiatry, December 2010)
News story on new insights into how a key schizophrenia drug relieves symptoms of the disease.
Changing fates: Sir John Gurdon (Wellcome News, December 2010)
Interview with the celebrated scientist who kick-started the field of cloning.
TAM London 2010, Guardian Science Weekly Podcast (Guardian, October 2010)
Audio reporting from the international Skeptics conference in London with interviews on everything from research into the paranormal activity to evolution.
Comics and medicine (Wellcome News, September 2010)
Feature showcasing how comics and graphic novels are being used to help patients and doctors alike. I commissioned and produced the accompanying comic panels for this.
Personalising autoimmune disease treatments (Wellcome Trust blog, August 2010)
Describing research that could save patients with severe autoimmune disease from having to take potentially toxic drug treatments for too long.
Antibiotics offer ‘vaccine-like’ immunity to malaria (Wellcome Trust website, July 2010)
News article on a new and novel way to induce immunity against malaria.
Smart drugs, smarter students? (Wellcome Trust blog, May 2010)
Article on a new paper investigating the ethical and moral issues associated with cognitive enhancing drugs.
China and me (Wellcome Collection blog, March 2010)
Reflections on a China symposium from a British-born Chinese.
Genomics: the next generation (Wellcome Trust website, July 2009)
Feature article on new DNA sequencing technologies, how they work and how this is changing genomic research. Includes animations storyboarded by me.
Fatal malaria strain ‘mistaken for more benign form’ (SciDev.Net, January 2008)
News story on how a potentially fatal malaria strain is being mistaken for a more benign form of the disease and doctors must be on alert.
Crazy Kary Mullis (I, Science, June 2006)
Editorial on the unorthodox methods of Kary Mullis, the Nobel-prize winning inventor of Polymerase Chain Reaction.