the science editor at UnHerd.com; I also do freelance science writing. Until January 2018 I was science writer for BuzzFeed UK; before that, I was a comment and features writer for the Telegraph, having joined in 2007. My second book, was published in 2021; my first book, How to Read Numbers: A Guide to Stats in the News (and Knowing When to Trust Them) , was published in 2019. I’ve written for the The Rationalist’s Guide to the Galaxy: Superintelligent AI and the Geeks Who Are Trying to Save Humanity’s Future Times, the i, the Telegraph, the Observer, the Guardian, politics.co.uk, New Scientist, CNN, Wired, Smithsonian Air & Space, and elsewhere.
I’ve won several awards, including the Royal Statistical Society’s award for statistical excellence in journalism (twice, in 2018 and 2020) and the Association of British Science Writers’ science journalist of the year (in 2021). My first book was one of the Times’s science books of the year.
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Below, I’ve added a few links to some of my favourite things that I’ve done over the years.
The header pic is
the Cassini space probe’s final image of Saturn, because Cassini is the best space thing.
There’s been much debate about lateral flow tests – their accuracy depends on context and the theories of a 18th-century cleric
Read more in the Observer.
A rise in the Covid-19 infection rate actually means that lockdown is working
Read more in
Hindsight makes it easy to blame the Government for listening to the wrong people, not the right ones
There’s nothing like a bunch of paintbrush-toting nerds telling each other that they’re doing nice work
Read more in
Rows involving Richard Dawkins and Andrew Sabisky reveal how difficult it is to ‘decouple’ controversial concepts in our heads
Read more in
A promising field of research on social behaviour struggled after investigators couldn’t repeat key findings. Now researchers are trying to establish what’s worth saving.
Read more in Nature.
In a few decades, two warring toothbrush giants have carved out a market worth billions, with the help of a little science and some clever marketing. But where does it go next?
Read more in Wired.
The country’s only shot at a nuclear missile is inspiring a new shot at a future in space.
Read more at Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.
Dominic Cummings and I share some interests, to my slight chagrin. Both he and I are big fans of the nerdy, abstruse bit of the internet filled with people who are sometimes called “Rationalists”. Read more on Unherd.
Illustration by Sébastien Thibault
Some star psychologists don’t disclose in research papers the large sums they earn for talking about their work. Is that a concern?
Read more here.