I've written widely about breaking scientific research, but these days tend to focus on emerging engineering and technology trends. This page serves as an archive of some of my work. Please take a look.

You too can own a robotic flying machine, and they're not just toys anymore

The words we use in our emails to one another can give an insight into who we are, and what our personality traits might be

Gadgets can be stubbornly rigid, but the days of cracked screens and chunky cases will soon be over: welcome to the flexi-tech revolution

A gentleman's relish is the true water of life,  allowing a man to pass on a genetic code through the ages. But such wonders aren't straightforward. 

Brain trauma from explosions often experienced by soldiers are caused by sudden head movements rather than high-pressure shockwaves

"How do fads spread through a community?" asked Alex Pentland. "I'd often wondered, so over the years I've built a series of platforms that come closer to the God's-eye view of what happens."

Ideas abound for controlling the amount of electricity we use in our homes. But managing the temperature indoors is proving to be a much tougher nut to crack

In 1977 Xerox blew rivals Apple and Microsoft's minds with the first mouse-driven, window-spawning computer

It was one of the most terrifying weapons ever made. But the ingredients and technology that made Greek fire are a family secret lost in the 12th century

Yoram Bauman is a trained economist and stand-up comedian. I spoke to him about his new book, The Cartoon Introduction to Economics.

Competition, greed and skulduggery are the name of the game if you want to eat your fill. Smorgasbord behaviour is surprisingly complex

The Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford has had a profoiund influence on both governments and individuals

It is the engineering endeavour that could finally make solar-power production a 24/7 activity: Gemasolar

Those distorted words that websites have you type to prove you aren't a machine are in fact easy for software to decode

Engineers may not seem the Hollywood type, but a team of researchers is helping the silver screen industry extract huge quantities of information from moving images

Oil and gas might be running out, but renewable power sucks so much it counts for less than 10 per cent of all the energy we use. The answer? Recreate the sun using nuclear fusion, in a sleepy corner of the UK.

A new social network promises to pair up users based on their intestinal flora - and also aims to improve gastrointestinal research

Researchers have developed a new software that can uncover illegal web activity, but it also risks being exploited

Researchers have devised an equation that predicts how long tyres will last, given a vehicle's size and its driver's driving habits

Household robots could soon interpret their owners’ actions, and battlefield automatons might understand their comrades’ movements

Two researchers have demonstrated how the signal between an electronic key fob and the car can be intercepted with ease

Visible light communication uses rapid pulses of light to transmit information wirelessly. Now it may be ready to compete with conventional Wi-Fi

A team of statisticians from Stanford University have discovered that a new automated card-shuffling machine was not as random as it had been touted

Knowing who your friends are can help developers predict what apps you might download

LulzSec hacked the Arizona Department of Public Safety website – but the hackers have also had a taste of their own medicine

Cybercriminals may be able to identify people just from their various usernames - and that may spawn better-targeted spamming and phishing attacks

Amazon's Kindle book sales have overtaken those of paperback books, making ebooks the company's most popular format

A new algorithm tells websites when their security is being breached – and then does something to stop it

If you think social networking is already a drain on your time, a new study suggests it's only going to get worse

Negative emotions drive interaction and community formation in social networks

Meet the WWF– an alternative file format to the PDF, which aims to reduce waste by stopping people printing electronic documents to paper

The search giant's foray into mapping the streets of Germany has sparked pranks, the usual controversy over privacy, and even vandalism

Despite standing more than 15 metres tall and weighing in at over 900 tonnes, this huge rock has stood in its current spot for a mere eight months.

Is it a robo-hedgehog? A Lady Gaga headpiece? Or merely a new way to juice lemons? No. In fact, it's not even a solid object: it's a ferrofluid.

Implants made from titanium foam fuse with the human skeleton, offering a better way to repair and strengthen broken bones

Many Twitter users briefly lost control of their accounts today, after a bug appeared on the social networking site

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol– but he blames it on his dinner

An acid leak from an abandoned chemical plant in China blanketed its surroundings in a dark red mist at the end of last week

A new series of stamps issued by the British Royal Mail celebrates some of the most important medical discoveries in the country since the late 19th century

Competition to be Astronomy Photographer of the Year is fierce. We reveal the shots that were stellar enough to come out on top

Ever wanted to be an astronaut? Here's New Scientist's guide to the not-so-small steps that will get you into space

How collapsing bubbles could shoot cancer cells dead - New Scientist, August 2010
Jets of fluid propelled by the collapse of microscopic bubbles could puncture cell walls to deliver drugs directly into cancer cells

Solar system slips back in time - New Scientist, August 2010
New meteorite evidence has just pushed the age of the solar system back by hundreds of thousands of years