‘Cancer made me want mashed potato’

"Cancer and the various ways of treating it have a profound effect on your body. As part of that, the sense of taste, smell and appetite can be dramatically altered. For some patients, all food tastes of metal or their daily cup of tea or coffee becomes a complete turn off." Read the full article about … Continue reading ‘Cancer made me want mashed potato’

Sunglasses – not just a fashion accessory!

When the sun is shining, life can seem a little bit better. But the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause us harm. Many people regularly apply sunscreen to prevent skin damage and enjoy the sun in safety. But experts say it's just as important to protect our eyes and wear sunglasses. Just as the sun can … Continue reading Sunglasses – not just a fashion accessory!

Pilgrimages can help us understand antibiotic resistance

The Hindu holy sites in the Indian cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar attract millions of pilgrims each year - but they are now the destination for another group of devotees. Scientists trying to understand the rise of antibiotic resistance, considered by some to be the great health threat of our time, believe they could provide … Continue reading Pilgrimages can help us understand antibiotic resistance

The goggles that make tumours glow

Scientists are continually seeking new ways of targeting cancer - and the latest is high-tech goggles. Currently doctors treating cancer have two main approaches - bombard the tumour with drugs and radiotherapy or cut it out. The second option is very common but not always successful - because it is often also impossible to tell … Continue reading The goggles that make tumours glow

It’s not just malaria that mosquitoes can give you….

My latest feature for the BBC News website, co-written with my colleague Paula. All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites - and the diseases they carry. An epidemic of chikungunya - a viral disease carried by daytime-biting mosquitoes - is currently raging in the Caribbean. There are more than 5,900 suspected cases affecting … Continue reading It’s not just malaria that mosquitoes can give you….

Solving the riddle of human hereditary disease… by looking in dogs

Texas is a very energetic, smart and playful German shepherd dog. "He always tries his best to please me," said his owner Helene Bäckman. But when Texas was six months old, Helene noticed that he started to behave unusually. He started to jump and bite the air repeatedly. "It´s like he sees something. He jumps and when … Continue reading Solving the riddle of human hereditary disease… by looking in dogs

Patient 39 trailer

It was way back in November 2012, whilst on a filming trip for BBC's Horizon in California, that I started talking to director Dan Clifton about being involved with his short film, Patient 39. I joined the team as co-producer soon after then and I've thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this production - from looking … Continue reading Patient 39 trailer

Speaking to ‘Speaking of Science…’

A few weeks ago I found myself sitting on a bench underneath the Queens Tower in the Imperial College with Julie Gould from 'Speaking of Science'. Julie is currently finishing up her MSc in Science Communications at Imperial College, and often shares the same experience that many science communicators face when they are asked the … Continue reading Speaking to ‘Speaking of Science…’

The effect of narrative on scientific information – a response to a post by Steve McGann

Today my friend Steve McGann published a blog post, Core Beliefs, in which he highlighted the potential problems of how, in generating a compelling narrative for science documentaries, scientific information can be presented as fact when, in reality, there is much more debate around its credibility. “A confident, coherent narrative in communication can be far … Continue reading The effect of narrative on scientific information – a response to a post by Steve McGann

What is broadcast media for?*

There is one thing that repeatedly aggravates me, and which I have experienced time and time again in my working life. It’s the phrase, ‘…but that’s what our audience wants’. I recently read an excellent post by Susie Cairns, ‘In algorithms we trust’ and it got me thinking about this phrase again. Although algorithms do … Continue reading What is broadcast media for?*