Nanotechnology: Armed resistance

Investigative feature published in Nature on 5 September, 2012. This piece was short-listed for the 2013 Association of British Science Writers award for Best Feature. The Nature podcast for 30 August also interviewed me about the topic (at the 13:50 mark), and I authored that week’s editorial on the same subject. — The shoe-box-sized package […]

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Massive shrinkage in African great ape habitat since 1990s

News article appeared on the Nature News Blog on 28 September, 2012. Great-ape habitat in Africa has shrunk precipitously in the past two decades, according to the first continent-wide survey of the state of environmental conditions suitable for the animals. Gorilla habitat has been hit particularly hard, researchers have concluded. Since 1995, Cross River gorillas […]

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Put Whitey Back on the Moon

Opinion piece first appeared in Jacobin on 24 September, 2012.  The death of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has unleashed wistful, “Where is my jetpack?” lamentation in some parts of the press, shocked into a realization that it’s been over 40 years since one of the greatest achievements of mankind – a […]

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Dawkins’ support for private schools lets Loch Ness Monster into biology class

Article originally published in Red Pepper on 11 July, 2012. The news that thousands of Louisiana school-children will be taught that the Loch Ness Monster is real in order to show that the theory of evolution is false pinged around the atheist Twittersphere this week. Oh how the enlightened creatures on the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science discussion board chortled at yet […]

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South Korea aims to be second nation to engage in ‘scientific’ whaling

News article published on Nature News Blog on 5 July, 2012. South Korea has announced that it hopes to launch a programme of ‘scientific’ whaling, a development that would make it the second such country to engage in the practice alongside Japan. The South Korean delegation to the 64th conference of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), now meeting […]

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UK fracking safe but US operations marred by ‘poor practices’

News article published on 29 June, 2012 on the Nature News Blog. Hydraulic fracturing — or ‘fracking’, as it is popularly known — presents a “very low risk” of contaminating drinking water or triggering forceful earthquakes in the United Kingdom, and can safely be performed as long as companies engage in different practices from those […]

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