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Health benefits of vegetarianism

This Christmas just gone by, I went home to the family and wanted to tell them that I had recently become a vegetarian. I was surprised by the response… and … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why we don’t need pandas

This article was originally published in Scientific American Now I know what you are thinking. Don’t need Pandas!? How dare he! On some days I might even be inclined to … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jurassic Park and the Race for Ancient DNA

This article was originally published in Scientific American. We are in the small town of Clarkia, Idaho. It’s an ordinary middle-class town by anyone’s standards. I say a ‘town’… just … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Alive!! Science at the movies

When I think about science fiction in the movies I immediately imagine that iconic image of Colin Clive in the classic 1931 Frankenstein movie, shouting ‘It’s alive!’ as he brings … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Lies, damn lies and statistics: How to pick apart science headlines

The writer Mark Twain once wrote: “there are just three types of lies: ‘lies, damn lies, and statistics“. I couldn’t have put it better myself. For a number of reasons, … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Artificial sweeteners: a pretty sweet deal?

  I was in a coffee shop the other day with some friends. Now, I don’t usually like coffee much, and that day I really wasn’t in the mood for … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Publication bias: What they’re not telling doctors…

So, what exactly is publication bias? The general public don’t know, politicians can’t offer a straight answer – yet the issue strikes to the heart of medicine itself.  Publication bias … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment