April 3, 2017

Medieval woodland management. It’s not something that most people would think of as a go to for a modern life philosophy. As an undergraduate at University though, few other concepts had the same impact on me as did the wisdom behind this seven-hundred-year-old traditi...

March 7, 2017

A Part in the Whole

 Who am I? A celestial being? Nature raw in tooth and claw? A meaningless vehicle for the selfish propagation of replicating DNA? Some weird neurological phenomenon? Or perhaps simply a summation of my collective photographs, web entries or social me...

February 24, 2017

Many animals and plants live life on a knife edge. They are beautifully adapted to their ecological niche; the precise balance of energy, temperature, light and water that has shaped their being over time making them at once exquisitely in tune to their surroundings bu...

December 28, 2016

May be its just age. But 2016 felt different. The world saw so many changes. Most difficult of all is the fall of so many of our icons. Heroes of our modern day. Heroes at work. Heroes from childhood. Leaders who stood for something. Whether we mourn the loss of M...

December 16, 2016

Its an amazing time to be in Malaria research. The gains of the last 10-15 years are amazing (reducing deaths from over 1 million to some 400,000). The challenge ahead is maintaining these gains, and approaching the once laughable idea of eradication. Having listened t...

November 13, 2016

A news piece in Science Magazine really hit home this week. Reporting on the shrinkage of sea ice as a result of CO2 emissions, the article explored the observation that a metric ton of CO2 costs the Arctic 3 square meters of summer sea ice; more CO2, more ice loss a s...

November 9, 2016

My 8-year-old son looked at me with fear in his eyes this morning as the results of the US election came through. We live in the UK. He should have nothing to fear. Traveling on the London underground faces are grim. Everyone is looking inwards. So today I will try, ag...

October 19, 2016

A recent study suggests that human life is curtailed at about 120 years. The biblical dictum that no one would live beyond such a lifespan seems to be remarkably accurate (given a conservative 1% margin of error – for example Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age...

September 27, 2016

Today marks 17 years since my late father, David Baum, died doing something he believed in. The world would look unfathomably different in many ways to him, the domination of the internet, social media, smart phones, systems biology (whatever that is!) and the concept...

June 24, 2016

My children asked me this morning whether because of Brexit the UK was no longer part of Europe. EU and Europe are not the same but its easy to think that the small stretch of sea between the UK and France today got a bit wider. Its unbelievable to think we as a countr...

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