Science writing wasn’t really an early focus in my career for two reasons. First, it’s a small, specialised field and I frankly didn’t have the experience or knowledge. Second, I’d considered myself a computer, phone and application guy since first becoming a freelance writer.
I reviewed the latest mobiles and software. I was fully acquainted with the whole Mac versus PC thing at its height. I gave ratings out of five, knew all the products RRPs and my system was littered with product shots from PR agencies working for the IBMs, Lenovos and Samsungs of the world.
Today my interest is where tech fits into our lives. Sometimes it’s AI agents that appear all but human, sometimes it’s an emerging field like the new Internet of Things paradigm of short lived, disposable sensors.
But my knowledge of science evolved and grew and I’ve been thrilled to join the ranks I’d always admired and envied and write about scientific topics from the whimsical, like when Skylab returned to Earth in remote Western Australia, to the socially urgent, like the way the human brain reacts to sexual assault.
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Batteries provide energy to electronic devices. Your body generates and uses energy. Ergo, you’re basically a battery. As you run, walk, or even breathe, your body is moving. A system
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Imagine all the things you could do with an accurate digital representation of your body that includes height, weight and BMI, eye colour, muscle mass, bicep or calf girth, bone
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Human lives have been affected by artificial intelligence (AI) in large and small ways. One could encounter AI while applying for a credit card or have a routine question answered
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3D printing has gone through many phases and has two main expressions: consumer and industrial. Here are ways to troubleshoot the former – and what’s next for the latter. 3D
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