As Chemistry World's senior science correspondent, I spend most of my time reading, writing and talking about cutting-edge research as well as the bigger issues affecting scientists such as funding or peer review.
My scientific background is rather mixed. Before becoming a chemistry journalist I studied biological sciences at the University of Oxford, where my main subjects were plant, animal and environmental biology. But a few weeks into my degree I realised that lab work wasn’t for me. After graduating I got my first real taste of science journalism working as an intern for the Naked Scientists podcast, and was instantly hooked. In the years since I’ve been lucky enough to interview dozens of leading scientists and write about their research.
Emma Stoye has the full story of how Frances Arnold, George Smith and Greg Winter put evolution to work in the lab
Fears that Europe is falling behind its competitors on investment in high-power computing
Top science gong recognises groundbreaking work that has harnessed evolution to produce biofuels and drugs
Low cost gadget fine-tuned with the help of a smartphone
Prizes given for research that first makes you laugh and then make you think reward some more unlikely discoveries
Greater recognition of the vital work referees play might help to reverse the trend
Raft of measures suggested by prominent critics of science’s reproducibility problems
11 funding bodies promise to ban grantees from publishing in pay-walled journals by 2020
High-intensity x-rays offer insight into protein structure
Pumping action of tethered organophosphorus acid anhydrase as it breaks up sarin and Soman is used to release antidote
Removing iron from the 16th century shipwreck’s wooden structures can halt the formation of sulfuric acid
The human body’s response to disease is fiendishly complex but endlessly fascinating