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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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...
Sci-Tech
16 November 2011
Which is the more misguided use of public money: the NHS-funded homeopathy that the chief scientist has been railing...
Society
14 November 2011
When did you start being you? You began as a fertilised egg, but would you identify yourself with that single cell?...
Sci-Tech
03 November 2011
When St Paul's Cathedral closed its doors in the face of the Occupy movement, the order might have come direct from the...
Sci-Tech
27 October 2011
As of the end of October, the population of the world will exceed seven billion. People are looking to science to make...
Sci-Tech
24 October 2011
This month, the pathogen experts at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseilles announced that their new...

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