MAKING SENSE OF A MISCARRIAGE
Mosaic, March 2016 (republished in The Independent & The Atlantic)
“Don’t worry, pregnancy isn’t an illness,” said my midwife, smiling affectionately as I worried about my lack of morning sickness. She must have been well acquainted with the limbo of early pregnancy, the constant fluttering between hope and fear.
THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY: WHO'S READY?
Professional Engineering Magazine, April 2017
The government’s levy on employers to help fund apprenticeships is hailed as an opportunity to plug the engineering skills gap – but what’s the reality of welcoming apprentices into the business world?
CHARGING AHEAD: THE BID FOR BETTER EV BATTERIES
E&T Magazine, February 2017
The success of electric cars is ultimately defined by their batteries. We are reaching a point where the multifaceted trade-offs between cost, safety, range and the speed and accessibility of charging are starting to seriously impress, but can the breakthroughs continue?
MINING ASTEROIDS FOR MINERALS & WATER
E&T Magazine, February 2016
Hollywood movies have long associated the word ‘asteroid’ with the destruction of Earth, but these space rocks could prove useful for deep space exploration and a multi-billion-dollar mining industry.
FROM DEADLY TOXINS TO LIFE-SAVING DRUGS
Horizon, July 2015
Deadly venom from snakes, frogs, scorpions and insects could lead to novel treatments for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, thanks to a new toxin library, which can be screened to find leads for new drugs.
BUBBLE WRAP PITCHED AS CHEAP LAB EQUIPMENT
SciDevNet, August 2014
Bubble wrap has recently been pitched by US scientists as a cheap and ubiquitous vessel for conducting chemical reactions in developing countries — but questions remain over how useful it will be in practice.
SMALL SCIENCE, BIG FUTURE
The Guardian, October 2013 (producing editor of supplement)
Good things come in small packages, or so they say. But there's small, and then there's nano – things so tiny that they are almost impossible to imagine.