Human embryo editing: Attention is a good thing

If you’re even a little scientific-minded, you’ve probably heard of the recent editing of human embryos by a team in China. It’s worth pointing out at the outset that the … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

E.T.: Extra Transformative

It’s tempting to think of the ‘science that will transform our future’ as some kind of revolutionary technology, like the home robot servants we’ve long been promised or home-grown replacement organs. But I think it will be the fulfilment of already existing technologies…

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Depression and the dream therapist

I think we’re fascinated with our dreams because we believe they tell us something about ourselves. But while they may not predict the future or even tell us much about our … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment


Blink, blink, blink. The lights winked out in every major city of the world. ‘Knowledge is power’ they used to say, but he lived by the mantra ‘energy is power’. And this was his cathedral. While other civilisations faded and failed, he kept Reykjavik going by playing his harp.

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The unpredictable fire-mountains of Iceland

Things on my mind: Moving house. So much work at the Museum. LAVA!! Iceland is erupting. As I write, there is lava pouring out of the barren ground between Europe’s largest … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Feathery Tale

Between lunch and the deep afternoon, I regularly take a walk in Hyde Park. Though the path and the trees are familiar enough to me, there is only one pair of animals I recognise. Where the Long Water and the path meet side-by-side and by height, a couple of coots have made a nest.

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Were dinosaurs doing well or doomed to extinction?

Today, the press are widely reporting on a paper about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Except, the vast majority are not reporting on the paper. They’re reporting on the speculation of … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m not an athlete, and BMI is still bollocks

I’ve been on a campaign since January to get back to my pre-Canada weight (damn North America your portions are too big). I have a few metrics for checking my … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Got crabs? Eat them!

There’s a tide of unwanted foreigners hitching a ride on ships to Britain. No, I haven’t gone over all Daily Mail; the invaders are Asian shore crabs. They’re a highly … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Onwards to Mars

“To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars it will take scientists down on the surface.” This is the quote that made me sit up and … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment


How cool is this guy? A hornet mimic hoverfly! Lenticular cloud over London. I've only seen them in mountains before. The city really does make its own microclimate. Wormwood scrubs: not creepy at all... Graduation day for some at Imperial, at the Royal Albert Hall no less. I just helped put programs on chairs :D



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