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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Ideas
16 August 2010
20 new ideas
Health
05 August 2010
A couple of days before the government announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be...
Lifestyle
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...
Environment
22 July 2010
Does anyone want to buy a weather forecaster? With Liam Fox overseeing the Ministry of Defence and promising to make...
Culture
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...
Ideas
14 June 2010
We don't have enough respect for bacteria. First, they prepared the planet for the arrival of we oxygen-breathers, and...
Environment
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...
Sci-Tech
17 May 2010
In his first Reith lecture, Martin Rees discussed the "scientific citizen". How we proceed in areas such as...
Ideas
01 May 2010
It's great being a physicist: we are equipped to explain everything. For any problem - traffic jams, economic meltdown...
Politics
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...
Sci-Tech
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...
Society
18 February 2010
Uranium exists in several forms, or isotopes, only one of which can sustain the energy-releasing chain reaction that...
Environment
26 November 2009
For now, it is a hideous sight. In Cadarache, 60 kilometres north of Marseilles, workers have cleared over 40 hectares...

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