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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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...