After finishing my pharmacy degree at the University of Bradford (including a year working in community and hospital pharmacies), I decided to make the unconventional leap in to science journalism. I cut my teeth on magazines for GPs and pharmacists, before taking over campaigns on the British Medical Association’s website.
From there I headed back to pharmacy, managing all clinical content in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist, before leaping at the chance to join the Chemistry World team. I also occasionally write a bit for the Daily Telegraph and pop up in assorted skeptical podcasts.
Five jointly discovered superheavy elements completed the eighth row of the periodic but then Russian revanchism reared its head
Accusations of data manipulation and misconduct now dog the US team that made what appeared to be astounding discoveries
Microscopy study uncovers why fulminating gold releases colourful fumes
Fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sees US go it alone on efforts to synthesise new elements
Pilot plant could be stepping stone to industrial production of green hydrogen by splitting water
Drug degrades to produce nitrosamines, but the judge ruled the link between this and plaintiffs’ cancers could not be proven
Porous materials with temperature controlled gateways can split heavy water from water by relying on differential diffusion effect
Questions over treatment of data led Nature to remove the paper over the authors’ objections
Use of polyoxometalates offers chance to conduct in-depth research on heavy actinides chemistry
Family matters and political views are leading researchers to pursue careers abroad
Study will help researchers understand how seemingly simple single-particle phenomena emerge from complex interactions among protons and neutrons
The story of the Knox family is one of education overcoming adversity, finds Kit Chapman
Magnesium-18 cation has a fleeting half-life of 3 billion trillionths of a second
Unequal representation in terms of both roles and the number of women featured revealed