The Last Word

March 17 – 21 This week, Ann interviewed Will Storr about his new book. The conversation turns to the dangers of congratulating yourself excessively on your own intelligence. Accidental rewilding or inadvertent resheepling? Michelle investigated. Helen dissected the persistent rumour that penguins need sweaters. But penguins made of sugary Peeps? They definitely need a knitting […]

The Last Word

March 10 – 14 This week, Christie told us that story she doesn’t tell. Then lots of other people flocked to the comments to tell theirs. Guest poster Daniel O’Connell asked if there’s gold in them thar evolutionary hills. Cameron wondered if deep-sea species will be soon be forced to have their own reality show. […]

The Last Word

March 3 – 7 This week, Ann’s love letter to the capital weather gang made me want to understand far more about the weather. You can either be totally secure, or you can be plugged into a network. Pick one, says Abstruse Goose. Helen says art about the Artic ice melt is beautiful and awful, […]

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February 17 – 21 This week, Ann shed light on the connection between the lawn chairs littering wintery Baltimore streets and Lord of the Flies. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like inside Biosphere 2, Michelle can give you the tour! Scientists are on a quest to find the Neil Peart of the […]

The Last Word

February 10 – 14 In the wake of this week’s mammogram research, Christie said it’s no longer a question that increasing the number of cancers detected is the wrong objective: “we should be aiming to save lives, not create as many cancer patients as we possibly can“. Cassie looked back on scientists acting as their own […]

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3 – 7 February This week, Richard visits a museum that starts with a ship and ends at the universe. It’s not rocket science: Roberta explains again why, no, seriously, you need to put your phone away while you’re driving (you too, cyclists). Ann recounts the horrors of living in New Madrid, Missouri, a town […]

The Last Word

January 27 – 31 This week, Jessa explained who you can trust and who you can’t. Guest poster Ivan Amato showed us the refrigerator in Maryland that houses the biggest collection of frog skin secretions in the world. Helen found that a clean desk changes your behaviour. Thanks to Pete Seeger, Michelle says, a river […]