"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey

"The truth about Hannibal's route across the Alps", The Observer 3 April 2016. Available here.

"The God quest: why humans long for immortality", New Statesman 30 July 2015. Available here.

"Were medieval magicians experimental scientists?" (essay book review), Prospect January 2016. Available here.

"The story trap", Aeon 12 November 2015. Available here.

"Will ET drink water?", Nautilus 14 June 2015. Available here.

"The trouble with scientists", Nautilus 14 May 2015. Available here.

"Too many worlds", Aeon 17 February 2015. Available here.

"The strange inevitability of evolution", Nautilus 8 January 2015. Available here.

"Why physicists make up stories in the dark", Nautilus 6 March 2014. Available here.

"Beauty is truth? There's a false equation", Aeon 19 May 2014. Available here.

"Philae is boldly going where no man should go - let's leave space to the robots", Guardian 15 June 2015. Available here.

"The dangers of Disney's film about Charles Darwin", Guardian 29 June 2015. Available here.

"Make your own memories: one day you'll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones", Observer 12 October 2014. Available here.

"The Breakthrough Prizes will have a distorting effect on science", Guardian 24 June 2014. Available here.

"Five ways to become invisible", Observer 19 July 2014. Available here.

"The dream of invisibility", Guardian 26 July 2014. Available here.

"When science plays God? It's only natural", Guardian 26 February 2015. Available here.

"Scientists got it wrong on gravitational waves. So what?" Guardian 26 September 2014. Available here.

"When the music ends", Nature 515, 458 (2014). Available here.

"There is no gene for everything", Prospect December 2014. Available here.

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