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Science is often seen as a search for the truth, but what good is the truth if it is a closely guarded secret, revealed only to an elite few? Our growing understanding of the natural world belongs to everyone, and while science can be complicated, it should never have to be impenetrably so.

Sadly, new discoveries are all too often shrouded behind veils of jargon, confusion and elitism. It hurts the perception of science, especially at a time where scientific knowledge is paramount.

If we cannot understand the fundamental concepts that underlie evolution, global warming, vaccinations, cancer and more, how can we be truly expected to understand the world around us, or make informed decisions about our lives?

This blog is my small attempt to celebrate the wonder of science and above all else, to make it as interesting and fun to any reader as it is to me.

I’ll post on all sorts of things, but mainly biological sciences. You’ll find stuff on animal behaviour, environmental science, psychology, neuroscience, evolution, genetics and molecular biology, health & medicine and more.

My only real rule is that I always write from original research papers and never press releases. If I can’t actually understand the work myself, I have no interest in pretending to explain it to other people.


Disclaimer: I currently work as an information officer at Cancer Research UK, where I get to keep up-to-date with new scientific research, write about it and get paid for my trouble. Sweet. The content, views and opinions in this blog in no way reflect those of Cancer Research UK.


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3 Responses

  1. thanks! you are in my rss feed now (came here by way of your time slowing down post)

  2. I will not impugn your personal integrity without due cause, but it is interesting that Bayer’s name is on the head of your site – a company notorious for having its own spin department, dedicated to ensuring that Bayer is never publicly criticized for its appalling pollution of the planet. I wonder – if you wrote about the massive losses of bees in Germany, which are now proven to have been caused by Bayer’s pesticides, would they take your prize away?

  3. The science writer prize is awarded by the Daily Telegraph and is sponsored by Bayer. Bayer cannot “take away” the prize.

    Furthermore, this is an independent site and I answer to noone but myself. I have won an award. I have a blog. I advertise the fact that I won an award on the blog. And yet somehow, you have gone from this to thinking that the company which sponsors the award which I won somehow controls the content of the site which I write which is unrelated to the aware.

    Clear? Now why don’t you sod off and be a pompous ass on someone else’s blog?

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