Paul Rodgers is a freelance science, medicine and technology journalist. He was born in Derby, the son of a science teacher, and emigrated with his family to the Canadian prairies when he was nine. He began writing for a student newspaper in Winnipeg in 1982 and had staff positions on several Canadian dailies. Despite his return to these shores 15 years ago, he still talks with a funny accent.

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Politics
14 January 2010
If necessity really is the mother of invention, then the NHS must be entering its second trimester. By the time the...
Environment
30 October 2008
Volcanoes are usually stately and sometimes violent. Great mountains with smooth slopes and circular calderas, they lie...
Sci-Tech
24 September 2008
Charles Darwin has set the cat among the pigeons yet again. A century and a half after the publication of On the Origin...
Sci-Tech
08 September 2008
“Are we seeing evolution at work?” asked a colleague as the Beijing Olympics came to a close last month. I was stunned...
Business
10 June 2008
Nestle’s new television adverts for Smarties are a cross between grown-up Teletubbies in head-to-toe lycra jumpsuits...
Global Issues
28 May 2008
Where do we come from? It’s an abiding question, and one that has been only partially answered by science. While little...
Sci-Tech
13 May 2008
Could the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas, asked mathematician and meteorologist...
Health
12 May 2008
Curing the blind is the most dramatic of miracles, performed by Jesus on four occasions, says the Bible....
International Politics
17 April 2008
Most taxis in Seoul bear a sign advertising "free interpretation". Don't believe it. Ask a white-gloved driver to take...
Environment
14 April 2008
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then Man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no...
UK Politics
31 March 2008
In the Iliad, Homer described Chimera as “lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the...
Business
17 March 2008
For a science-mad kid growing up in the West Midlands during the 1960s, the centre of the universe lay in a muddy field...
Environment
02 July 2007
The temperature in Kiev fell to five degrees below freezing on the day Gazprom turned off the natural gas taps, as it...