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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One zany professor, and even the U.S. military, once proposed plans for how—and why—we should blow up the moon. Sci-fi is full of stories of wars or alien invasions destroying
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Urban sustainability can mean a lot of different things. Simply put, a sustainable urban area is one that aims to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of a city
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Did people who drove the first cars look back at the horse-drawn carriage and wonder why something as obvious as a self-propelled vehicle took so long to invent? Some advances
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You’ve landed back home after visiting your offshore oil rig when you realise you need to set up a meeting with that drilling rig assessor. Her email address is written
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The Internet has finally come into its own in the Cloud age. It was never going to be just about web pages on screens; it was meant to form the
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The 2016 construction of Dubai’s Office of the Future signaled that 3D printing in construction was ready for its close-up. The 2,691-square-foot building uses energy-efficient HVAC systems, responsive LED lighting,
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By innovating with next-gen technology, companies are also developing new ways to work that cut costs and boost sustainability. The 15th and 16th centuries aren’t commonly known for robotics, but
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