The dramatic origins of ancient Egypt

As well as the awesome temples, tombs and treasure that ancient Egypt has left to us, this civilisation has another claim to fame. It was the world's … [Read more...]

A longevity hotspot in Costa Rica

The isolated Nicoya peninsula in northwest Costa Rica is one of my favourite places in the world – where rainforests populated by parrots, monkeys and … [Read more...]

Tales of baking and cosmic lovers

I was exhausted when I woke up this morning (thanks to a teething nine-month-old) but then I saw this, and felt ready to embrace the day. It’s a free … [Read more...]

“The people’s will”: Yehia Gad on Morsi’s fall

Last night, after days of anti-government protest, Egypt's army ousted the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, with the … [Read more...]

The discovery of tomb KV64

"We started cleaning around the shaft mouth of tomb KV40," Egyptologist Susanne Bickel told a rapt audience at the Ancient World conference in London … [Read more...]

A long-lost piece of King Tut

King Tutankhamun is famously the only Egyptian pharaoh who still occupies his original tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and since 2007 his mummy has … [Read more...]

Egypt’s oldest iron relic made from meteorite

To see a meteorite land would be pretty astonishing today (if anyone out there has, I’d love to hear about it) but imagine the effect it must have had … [Read more...]

A risk analyst’s approach to birth

Earlier this week I wrote a blog post for the Guardian, explaining why I chose to give birth to my second child at home under independent care. I had … [Read more...]

How I write about science

To accompany its 2013 science writing awards, the Wellcome Trust is running a series of Q&As on science writing. My contribution is posted today, … [Read more...]

Mummies and the Paleo Diet

I love studies on mummies for the intimate details they give into people's lives thousands of years ago - from the healing tattoos sported by ancient … [Read more...]