Category: Laboratorytalk

A free agent

Today, Friday 26 August 2011, is my last day as an employee of Centaur Media. A few weeks ago, the company announced wide-ranging redundancies and a major internal reorganisation. I fully expected my position as editor of Laboratorytalk to become…

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…

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…

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…