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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16 August 2010
20 new ideas
05 August 2010
A couple of days before the government announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be...
29 July 2010
You really do get by with a little help from your friends. Recent US research indicates that if you have lots of...
22 July 2010
Does anyone want to buy a weather forecaster? With Liam Fox overseeing the Ministry of Defence and promising to make...
12 July 2010
We have just experienced science's version of an astrological conjunction. The ten-year anniversary of the release of...
International Politics
25 June 2010
If you're looking for a source of levity in austere times, space missions are a good bet. There was the time Nasa lost...
14 June 2010
We don't have enough respect for bacteria. First, they prepared the planet for the arrival of we oxygen-breathers, and...
28 May 2010
No one knows how to stem the tide of oil sweeping towards the southern United States, so there's not much to write...
17 May 2010
In his first Reith lecture, Martin Rees discussed the "scientific citizen". How we proceed in areas such as...
01 May 2010
It's great being a physicist: we are equipped to explain everything. For any problem - traffic jams, economic meltdown...
19 April 2010
I recently recovered from a nasty virus shortly after eating a piece of my wife's banana cake. Want to get in touch...
26 March 2010
When did you last meet someone with polio? It's possible that you never have. Although there are an estimated 120,000...
The Staggers
12 March 2010
Over-achiever of the year so far is surely the US energy secretary, Steven Chu. Not content with working 80-hour weeks...
18 February 2010
Uranium exists in several forms, or isotopes, only one of which can sustain the energy-releasing chain reaction that...
26 November 2009
For now, it is a hideous sight. In Cadarache, 60 kilometres north of Marseilles, workers have cleared over 40 hectares...