Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman, and his most recent book is At The Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science By Surprise.

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23 January 2012
Willpower is probably starting to ebb from that New Year's resolution to cut down on alcohol. Why? Because you're...
16 January 2012
It is, of course, good news that Gary Dobson and David Norris have been convicted for the murder of Stephen Lawrence...
09 January 2012
Next Monday and Tuesday, biologists, philosophers and psychologists will gather at the Royal Society to discuss the...
30 December 2011
It's a happy new year for science; it always is. The thing science has over, say, economics, is that confounding...
08 December 2011
The hand-wringing over the dearth of female faces among nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is...
08 December 2011
It would be fascinating to carry out a study of which aspects of science are most attractive in times of woe. When...
24 November 2011
You know the world's a stressful place when even the fish are looking for a back rub. Portuguese researchers working...
16 November 2011
Which is the more misguided use of public money: the NHS-funded homeopathy that the chief scientist has been railing...
14 November 2011
When did you start being you? You began as a fertilised egg, but would you identify yourself with that single cell?...
03 November 2011
When St Paul's Cathedral closed its doors in the face of the Occupy movement, the order might have come direct from the...
27 October 2011
As of the end of October, the population of the world will exceed seven billion. People are looking to science to make...
24 October 2011
This month, the pathogen experts at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseilles announced that their new...
14 October 2011
On nuclear power
10 October 2011
While a few Italian physicists have been enjoying their time in the spotlight, some others have been less enthused...
29 September 2011
Insurance companies might want to look away now. Due to recent discoveries, the notion that you can see an individual's...