Last updated 03/09/2006
2 Sep 2006 A minor update just to remove some of the scripts I had been linking to that suddenly had started popping up nasty advertising on the page. Sorry about that everyone. Also, just to satisfy Ian: I still only have one head, and it still has hair on it.
24 Oct 2005 By popular (?) demand here's a quick update on what I'm doing now: I'm currently working for a city startup (how long can one justify calling it a startup?) called Columba Systems. I'm working with Chris and the office is just accross the road from Tammay and Richard.
Some time ago now, I did a Ph.D. with the Hot-Star Group at University College London. My main research interest is in the field of photospheric abundances in O stars, but my work to date has also included a study of rotational velocities of O and B stars. A CD version of my thesis is available upon request.
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Opinion split over ?on demand? drug that reduces risk of HIV
Antiviral drug Truvada is at the heart of a debate over its potential for protecting people who engage in sex without using condoms

Hundreds of giant dinosaur footprints found in Scottish lagoon
A huge collection of 170-million-year-old sauropod footprints has been discovered by accident in a lagoon on the Isle of Skye

Why has Peter Sutcliffe been in Broadmoor for so long?
Doctors have recommended that the "Yorkshire Ripper", serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, should be transferred to a specialist prison unit ? but why now?

Hey Siri, how do we make virtual assistants more trustworthy?
AI assistants often leave us cold and reflect tedious cultural stereotypes, but insights from psychology can help them become much more appealing

Paris climate summit: What they don?t tell you about renewables
Renewable energy is getting cheaper, but is the switch to these sources happening fast enough for us to drop fossil fuels and limit warming to safe levels?

Having trouble giving up smoking? Blame your genes
A third of white people have gene variations that make it harder for them to quit cigarettes, and may predispose them to other addictive behaviours

Critical Paris climate summit kicks off ? but can it deliver?
Given that current pledges will bring us to 2.7 C of warming, the wording and legal basis of any agreement will be crucial sticking points

We have a duty to use my gene-editing technology responsibly
CRISPR gene editing is a cheap, fast and accurate way of doing genetics. Society must now decide how to use it, says co-discoverer Emmanuelle Charpentier

Scans prove there?s no such thing as a ?male? or ?female? brain
Most people have a mix of male and female features in their brain, suggesting a person's cognitive skills can't be predicted by gender alone

Chinese satellite to shine a light on mysterious dark matter
Shadowy hints of dark matter's true nature are set to be boosted by a new particle and gamma-ray detector being launched into orbit

UK must curb 2-for-1 food promotions to crack obesity epidemic
A committee of MPs has urged the UK government to impose a tax on sugary drinks, but limiting discounts on both food and drink may have more impact

Cancer?s genetic tipping point reveals who?d benefit from chemo
To grow and spread, a tumour needs an unstable and mutating genome, but if these mutations go too far, the cancer becomes less deadly

Ageing well
Technology can play a key role in supporting the health needs of older people

Small but significant
Big data may be playing a useful role in health-trend analysis and improving health care, but let's not forget that small data is important, too.

Paris climate summit: Why the details of a deal won?t matter
Some argue that the particulars of the climate deal don't matter so much as the message it sends. Others say we need action, not more messaging

Dr Google will see you now
Individuals all over the country are attempting to take control of their health by accessing readily available information in order to self-diagnose.

How to encrypt a message in the afterglow of the big bang
Physicists have come up with a way to make secret codes based on the cosmic microwave background, the afterglow of the birth of the universe

Paris climate summit: Will nations make bigger cuts after Paris?
A deal at the UN summit might not be enough to keep warming to "safe" levels. Ratcheting up the action in the coming years could help, but it may be too late

A threesome may explain behaviour of galaxy?s most bizarre star
The odd behaviour of the Eta Carinae star system has puzzled astronomers since the 1800s, but now we might finally have an explanation

Spacecraft that will put Einstein to the test ready for lift-off
The LISA Pathfinder mission is the first step towards a gravitational wave observatory in space, which promises to revolutionise astronomy

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