The ‘omics’ revolution

The ‘omics’ revolution that has taken place in biology over the last few decades promises to yield so much. Yet undoubtedly we will have to wait a while before this promise is kept.

Respect in the face of desolation

Tunneling through mountains, creating entire islands where once open ocean dominated, razing swathes of forest  – this is big engineering to meet big ambition; engineering which many would class as a defining characteristic of human kind.

Combating chemical warfare

 A year ago the world stood open mouthed as reports came in on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Damascus. For the first time since the Iran-Iraq war began in 1980, chemistry its self was once again the ammunition.    

A hot button issue

It is, and I think will remain so for some time to come, the hottest of hot button issues. A subject which has polarised the general public, policy makers and the scientific community alike. I talk, of course, about the use of animals in medical research.

Synthetic biology; learning the language of nature

It was, I suppose, inevitable that we would reach this point.

Environmental Science – the perfect multidiscipline

As an endeavour, Environmental Science is surely the prime example of the term ‘multidisciplinary’.

Europe divided on GM

Genetically modified crops are cause for debate in Europe; but in the UK field trials push ahead

Journey to The Island of Stability

The idea of an undiscovered island seems almost impossibly romantic. In an age where satellites probe the Earth with the precision previous generations of cartographers would barely have dreamed of, there are, perhaps, few geographical surprises left. 

How do we combat the anti-vaxxers?

A spike in the number of measles cases in America has been blamed on the anti-vaccination movement, but why – when science has proved that vaccination is safe – are anti-vaxxers given the time of day and how can we counteract their arguments?

Asteroid impact a greater threat than we thought

On the 6th of August 1945 the World’s eyes were violently opened to the reality of nuclear war. As ‘little boy’ – an American uranium-gun type warhead – detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima the fear of future nuclear war became imprinted on the psyche of humanity.