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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15 March 2012
Sugar in the blood.
The Staggers
12 March 2012
If you want to spur action, you need a disaster - as the case of ozone-destroying CFCs shows. After his death on...
08 March 2012
Failing women
05 March 2012
It's highly unlikely that you woke up this morning and wondered about the characteristics of the very first algae to...
27 February 2012
On 12 February, physicists in Shanghai announced a big breakthrough. They have linked eight subatomic particles in a...
17 February 2012
We are asking the wrong question about the Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants. Yes, they rupture, releasing...
12 February 2012
There's a worrying problem with the way neuroscience made the headlines at the end of last month. Scientists at the...
30 January 2012
Futures analysts announced on 17 January that the price of gold may break the $2,000-per-ounce barrier by the end of...
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...