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Inferior is out in the wild
6 June 2017
For those of you who have been patiently waiting, my latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story is hot off the press and now available to buy across the UK, Commonwealth, US and Canada. Reviews in The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman, The Independent and Bitch Magazine have been tremendous, as have lots of wonderful messages I've been getting from readers. Stephen Curry described it as "quietly powerful... An important and necessary book."

There will be more coverage and events in the coming weeks. If you do get a chance to read it, please do tweet or email let me know what you think.

Two months to go!
5 April 2017
My new book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story is almost on bookshelves. It will be out on 23rd May in the US and Canada, and on 15th June in the UK and Commonwealth. 

I've had some amazing early feedback from scientists and journalists. Adam Rutherford from the BBC Radio 4's Inside Science called it "unputdownable", author Aarathi Prasad said it was "remarkable" and author Eileen Pollack described it as "smart, balanced, and wonderfully readable." The head of promotions at Foyles, London's favourite bookshop, tweeted that she found it "illuminating, vindicating, and a cracking read."

It's available to pre-order now from Amazon and all good bookshops. Also, Harper Collins have an offer on their site, which means you can bag it now for under a tenner!

Bakhshali Manuscript on BBC Radio 4
The Bakhshali Manuscript
16 March 2017
In the opening pages of one of my books, Geek Nation, I describe an ancient Indian mathematical text known as the Bakhshali Manuscript. It is thought to contain one of the first graphical representations of the zero, which is a crucial concept in science and mathematics. Since 1902 this precious, fragile document has been stored in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, where I first saw it about seven years ago. 
Now, finally, the Bakhshali Manuscript is being carbon dated so that scientists and historians can understand its full significance. To mark this special moment, I returned to Oxford for Radio 4. You can hear my thoughts and interviews on Inside Science this week. 
If you would like to see the manuscript for yourself, it will go on display at the Science Museum in Autumn 2017 as part of an exciting new exhibition on Indian science.

New Humanist
Is modesty really a virtue?
17 November 2016
Modest fashion has become a big trend on the catwalks, in style blogs and on the high street. But in the latest issue of New Humanist magazine I explore what it means for women to have mainstream culture celebrating the choice to cover up. Society's expectation that women should be more demure, chaste and faithful than men has been around for so long that it's been throughly absorbed into pretty much every culture and religion around the world. I argue that modest clothing is one manifestation of this moral double standard, and a trend that we should think more carefully about before endorsing. The full story is available in print now, and has been posted online, too.

Is biology feminism's final frontier?
15 August 2016
For many decades, feminist theory has been critical of scientific methods and practice, and for good reason. Modern science was male-dominated from its very inception and many theories about women have been sexist. Last week, The Guardian published an editorial claiming that what evolutionary biology tells us is irrelevant to feminist theory. Today I have a leader in the paper arguing that, despite science's historical problems with women, biology now offers a fresh and empowering way for women to think about themselves and their history.

(The picture on the left is of an orca, taken by Minette Layne from Seattle, Washington, USA. Orcas are one of very few species, including us, that experience the menopause)

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
1 August 2016
I'm delighted that I and my very talented producer at BBC Radio 4, Rami Tzabar, have won the gold prize in the radio category for a documentary we made last summer about birdsong and human language. The awards were held in Washington DC in February 2016. They've posted a video of me and Rami being interviewed about our thoughts on science journalism, and another interview with me about the story itself.
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