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.
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
Complex is only the sixth ever created
Actinide’s unusual covalency could explain its ability to fix nitrogen
Protein-rich biomaterials containing zinc, manganese, copper and bromine allow ants, crabs and scorpions to pack more punch for their size
For decades, scientists have been using the wrong ionic radius for one of Earth’s rarest element
Three European suppliers recalling multiple batches of medicines owing to active ingredient contamination
Almost 76 years ago, US scientists set off the first nuclear bomb – and accidentally created the first synthetic quasicrystal
Discovery offers new insight into isotopic stability seen at ‘magic numbers’
Only a few atoms of oganesson have ever been made – and they all vanished in less time than it took you to read this