Covid-19

> What the Diamond Princess taught us about Covid-19

At one time it was the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak outside China, now disease modellers are scouring data from the ship.

> How the UK's coronavirus testing regime unravelled

The government's ability to scale up and co-ordinate testing has faced criticism from scientists, including those directly involved with the work.

> Scientists scan for weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

The spikes that cover the virus's surface are primed to infect us - but we are slowly learning which antibodies might be able to disrupt them.

News exclusives

> Honeybees recruited to detect plant viruses

An innovative project in Australia uses DNA sampling of beehives to find early signs of plant pathogens in the environment.

> Police want AI to predict violent crime

I reveal "NDAS" - an AI tool being developed by British police to help stop violent crime and modern day slavery.

> AI doctor analyses hospital heart scans

Artificial intelligence for medical images is a hot research topic but I found a string of hospitals already using the tech to process patients' heart scans.

> New species of monkey discovered

Scientists scouring the Amazon make a rare discovery - a new species of marmoset living in an isolated area.

> Synthetic wine made without grapes

A team of entrepreneurs plans to launch a strange new product - wine made by mixing compounds together in a lab.

> 'How Ashley Madison affected me'

After a dating site for people planning an affair is hacked and its data leaked, two women tell their stories.

Features

> Yemen's deadly ghost ship

Off the coast of Yemen lies a floating bomb - a rusting oil storage ship filled with more than a million barrels of crude.

> Tech bugs could be killing thousands in hospitals

Equipment flaws and computer bugs kill thousands of inpatients every year - but no-one knows exactly how many.

> Why pollution increases lightning strikes

Evidence suggests that tiny particles in the air, a form of pollution, increase the frequency of lightning.

> Encryption wars

Governments want to be able to read encrypted messages on our smartphones - should they be given access?

> Haulin' data: Truckers and workplace surveillance

Some US truckers are unhappy about the rise of new devices that record detailed data on their driving.

Long reads

> Saving fragments of civilisation from the big melt

I visited Norway to meet ice patch archaeologists who resuce priceless artefacts from melting glaciers.

> How going hungry affects children for their whole lives

In Scotland I met Kerry, a mother of three who starved herself to feed her children. She now worries about their mental wellbeing.

> The billionaire vs the fly

Environmentalists are concerned that a planned Scottish golf course could harm local species - including a very rare fly.

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Hello! Welcome to my portfolio website. I've been a full-time freelance journalist for six years now, focusing on technology, biology and medicine. From artificial intelligence to Earth's climate, things are happening today at a pace that can seem bewildering. For me, journalism is a fantastic crash course in what's happening now and a powerful way to hold those in authority to account. My own work has been published by some of the world's top media organisations, including the BBC, New Scientist and The Economist - a few examples are listed above. I hope to keep bringing science stories to people around the globe for a long time to come.

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