Cryogenics and sleeping pods are a common sci-fi trope, but the idea of intentionally freezing the ill or ‘declared dead’ until such a time when science may revive them from their mortal slumber isn’t so far-fetched – at least according to supporters of the practice. The act of preserving those who can’t be helped by contemporary medicine – known in the business as cryonics – is already a reality, although some would argue one based […]
I wrote a handful of features for this lovely-looking new Discover Science series of ‘bookazines’. Here’s the blurb for the first issue, Oceans… “Within your aquatic guide, we trawl history and the planet to serve up the greatest tales from the ocean. In our geology section, discover how oceans were formed four billion years ago; our sea animal chapter reveals how jellyfish can morph into their juvenile state; sharks deservedly earn their own chapter and […]
Science Uncovered issue 08 was all about how the world’s biggest mega structures work and how they were constructed. My eight-page feature looked at 10 technologies in place at Abu Dhabi’s innovative Masdar City – a sort of bankrolled experiment in sustainable living laid out in a grid structure in the middle of the desert. It has its own 22-hectare solar farm and is projected to be home to 40,000 residents and 1,500 businesses employing […]
For the sixth special of Science Uncovered I wrote an article about the modern uses of brain mapping techniques such as Positron Emission Topography (PET). For this particular piece I had the good fortune to speak to Professor David Nutt and Dr Robin Carhart-Harris to find out how technologies such as fMRI and MEG were allowing them to look inside the human brain and reveal the neural correlates of consciousness.
I contributed articles on prosthetics and exoskeletons in the first Science Uncovered special of 2014, titled The Big Book of Inventions. Exoskeletons augment rather than replace human body parts and are cumbersome things in the world of robotics – and nothing like you see in the movies. But a lot of readers will be surprised and astonished at how nuanced prosthetics have come, thanks to technological innovations like myolelectrics and Bluetooth.
The second special of Science Uncovered to hit the stands widened the focus to a truly cosmic scale and I thoroughly enjoyed contributing some short articles to the publication. These three took a closer look at the moon, the sun, and the size of the universe, each one accompanying some great imagery. I remember thinking that if these pieces didn’t get people into astronomy, nothing would!