Would you have confused Shakespeare and Dickens, Michael Gove?

So here’s a thing. Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove – the man charged with the schooling of our nation’s children – thinks Shakespeare wrote Great Expectations. That’s 16th-and-17th-century Shakespeare, and 19th-century Dickens. No, really. Calling for harder exams and saying that GCSEs and A-levels are getting easier, Michael Gove, in an…

On the origin of homosexuality

On its website at the moment Scientific American has a very interesting guest blog, called “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Natural Selection and Evolution, with a Key to Many Complicating Factors“. It’s a fascinating read if you’ve ever wondered why homosexuality, with its apparently obvious evolutionary disadvantages, has been a relatively common (according to a…

RIP, Dr Ann McPherson

Our splash story today says that terminally ill patients are to be asked how they want to die. In a poignant juxtaposition, inside the paper we ran an obituary of Dr Ann McPherson, the author of the wonderful Diary of a Teenage Health Freak, and in recent years a campaigner for the right to die…

Do mobile phones really cause cancer? Probably not, as usual

It’s official. Mobile phones cause brain cancer; the cloud of electro-badness that surrounds us at all times is slowly, inexorably eating away at us; we are all, definitely, going to die. Only one of the above three statements is true. But I should stop being flippant, because this is serious. The World Health Organisation (WHO)…