Category: journalism

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…

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…

Looking for intelligence in the lab

The following is my original Laboratorytalk editor’s column from 13 October 2010. Automation, whether in the laboratory or on the factory floor, has been sold on the principle that it takes the drudgery away from the human workers and frees…

Blowing my trumpet

I’m sure that most journalists will confirm that feedback from readers is really appreciated, especially when it is favourable. So I was particularly pleased this week to receive two positive comments in quick succession. The target of this approval was…