Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics. He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman, and his most recent book is The Secret Anarchy of Science.

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Health
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...
Sci-Tech
08 March 2012
Failing women
Environment
05 March 2012
It's highly unlikely that you woke up this morning and wondered about the characteristics of the very first algae to...
Sci-Tech
27 February 2012
On 12 February, physicists in Shanghai announced a big breakthrough. They have linked eight subatomic particles in a...
Sci-Tech
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...
Lifestyle
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...
Lifestyle
23 January 2012
Willpower is probably starting to ebb from that New Year's resolution to cut down on alcohol. Why? Because you're...
Science
16 January 2012
It is, of course, good news that Gary Dobson and David Norris have been convicted for the murder of Stephen Lawrence...
Sci-Tech
09 January 2012
Next Monday and Tuesday, biologists, philosophers and psychologists will gather at the Royal Society to discuss the...
Ideas
30 December 2011
It's a happy new year for science; it always is. The thing science has over, say, economics, is that confounding...
Society
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...
Sci-Tech
24 November 2011
You know the world's a stressful place when even the fish are looking for a back rub. Portuguese researchers working...

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