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All change

I’ve been asked a few times in the last week or so about what is happening at Centaur Media and what the implications will be for Laboratorytalk and the other Pro-Talk sites. To answer this we really need to untangle…

Storm in a test tube

What follows below is my original editorial column for the Laboratorytalk weekly newsletter, 30 March 2011. It was deemed too controversial to use. A rare squabble between testing laboratories has been filling up my inbox this week, after an investigation…

Lost in space

I have been known to shout at the television. I know it doesn’t help, but it makes me feel better. I was certainly doing so when watching what I thought would be a fascinating BBC documentary called Around the World…

Some embargoes are hard to respect

Embargoes are a tricky topic for me, as for many journalists. They exist, ostensibly, to enable us to research a story before it becomes ‘officially’ announced and so provide a better service to our readers. In reality, they are a…

Snake Oil makes market comeback

It isn’t April Fools Day, I’ve checked. So the press release this morning promoting a new cosmetic product is, presumably, genuine. It promises a ‘botox in a bottle’ treatment of the sort that I would normally dismiss as snake oil…

Why ET doesn’t live on GJ 1214b

This looks like being quite a week in the search for extraterrestrial life. Today the European Southern Observatory has released details of the first analysis of the atmosphere of an exoplanet, while tomorrow (Thursday) NASA jumps on the bandwagon with…

Save science, employ an economist

The following is my original Laboratorytalk editor’s column from 9 December 2009.  Don’t you love it when new research overturns a fact so widely understood that it has become a cliche? The history of science is littered with revelations that…