I, Science Magazine – Bitcoin$

Magazine feature, published online September 6th 2013 As the financial crisis in Europe continues, could Bitcoin be the solution to our economic woes? Before pounds and dollars, you could use solid gold in exchange for goods. There was a limited…

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Refractive Index – To patent or not to patent?

Feature, July 1st 2013 Patenting human genetic sequences has been going on for decades, and has allowed biotech companies all over the world to monopolise the market for genetic testing. But, for better or worse, a the recent ruling of…

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Refractive Index – Lighting the way towards the future of science funding

Feature, June 7th 2013 The generally accepted scientific method goes something like this: a group of scientists get together and come up with a theory, they make predictions based on this theory, and then set up an experiment to test…

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I, Science – Food for thought

Book review, August 9th 2013 Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Mary Roach Oneworld Publications (2013) Only a lucky few have had their arms squeezed by the stomach of a cow. Mary Roach is one of them. She didn’t just…

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I, Science – Biotech beasts

Book review, July 29th 2013 Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts Emily Anthes Oneworld Publications (2013) Dolphins with prosthetic tails, spy beetles armed with robots, resurrected pets from frozen DNA… You name it, they’re doing it. Scientists…

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I, Science – Fran Scott, DIY Scientist

Magazine feature, May 24th 2013 When I met Fran Scott and picked small wooden splinters from her jumper, I could tell she wasn’t your ordinary science communicator. She develops scientific demonstration for various outlets including TV, radio and books. Simply…

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I, Science – Goggle vision

Feature, May 16th 2013 Humans might be the dominant species on land, but we’ve fared less well underwater, partly due to our inability to see clearly. This meant a world of adventure was inaccessible to us until the invention of…

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I, Science – Extinction explained

This podcast first appeared on I, Science on February 8th 2013 In this podcast I am at the pre-opening event of the "Extinction: not the end of the world?" exhibition at the Natural History Museum. I speak to some of the scientists and…

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I, Science – Handy insight into distorted body image

Feature, July 10th 2012 The way in which others see you is, more often than not, entirely different from the way you see yourself. Self-perception is largely dependent on your state of mind and how you compare yourself with others.…

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