I write about science and psychology, cultural phenomenons, climate change and sustainability, and places.

In short: things I find interesting and important.

I also write a monthly BBC column, Food Fictions.




How dirty air could be affecting our gut health

What we do and don’t know about gut health

Should you go vegan for the sake of your gut?

Could gut bacteria microbes make you fat?

We don't need nearly as much protein as we consume

Do psychopaths really make better leaders?

What you're getting wrong about mindfulness

Should everyone be taking vitamin D?

Your name reveals more than you think

 The powerful way normalisation shapes our world

Can a job title change your behaviour?

Is porn harmful?

Is social media bad for you?

One skill to make you type a lot faster

The Sunday Times

Farm waste is electric shocker for vegans

The Guardian

'Busking might die out': musicians fear for future as councils crack down

Would you munch on a bug to save the planet?

Thanks for the vegan idioms, Peta, but there are bigger fish to fry

Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims

Iceland’s palm oil ad shouldn’t be banned

Does cycling really damage male sexual organs?

Universal Credit: The charity that could lose a third of its income

We fear death, but what if dying isn't as bad as we think?

Bake Off is having a vegan week, but what about the rest of TV?

Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it

The Independent

'I'm looking forward to it': The last comments of the 104-year-old scientist before his assisted death

Is the future of food reducetarian?

Why climate activists can’t agree if we should be having fewer children

The rise of the bloody mock meat movement

The dark side of veganism: how the diet can be a cover for disordered eating

Sleeponomics, the industry lacking research

How Belgian chocolate is under threat

Is the snowflake generation about to kill off comedy?

Cloud seeding: Should we be playing god and controlling the weather?

As Arctic ice melts, territorial disputes are heating up

How last chance tourism is damaging the planet


Is the UK finally turning its back on mouse testing? It's complicated


What we talk about when we talk about food

If it pleases the prosecution

New Statesman

The death of a nine-year-old highlights that pollution is killing Britain’s poorest

Is there anything wrong with virtual reality porn?

Feeling stressed? The answer may be an adult trampoline

Nap pods: Unproductive gimmick or lifeline for sleep-deprived workers?


This is how normal life feels for a psychopath


Finding my third place

Big Issue

Soaring rental prices and live-in landlords are fuelling ‘vulnerable’ lodgers


I went to a nudist festival for millennials

Vegans Are Traumatised and Need Help, Says Vegan Psychologist

What no one tells you about life after mental illness

Why being an introvert might be better for your mental health


Why the future of the high street is all about experiences

Inside the extraordinary rise of Aldi

The rise of the elite dating app


The scientific way friends affect your choices

Why a university professor thinks you should drink from a cat bowl

Electric Literature

How reading about London helped me overcome agoraphobia

Full Stop

Autumnal Travels

NY Mag

Hypochondriacs are more likely to get sick

People don't mind lying if they think it's for a good cause

The weirdness of juggling many different roles at work

Voice blindness is like face blindness for your ears

Everything you need to know about seasonal allergies

The Week

No one has a problem with the Missing Richard Simmons podcast, and that's a problem

Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

City Metric

Sure, smart cities are compact. But are they really that smart?

It's time to stop judging the north of England by the states of its high streets

How can city government ensure better public health?


A brief history of NSFW


Why we desperately need more friend-finding apps for men


What does Donald Trump's golfing reveal about his personality? 

Extra Crispy

The Two Best Bagel Shops in London Are on the Same Street

The Maple Syrup Shortage is Probably Worse Than We Thought

Acorn coffee is a blessing for people who can't have caffeine