As a biochemist, I believe in the power of science. Shocking, I know.

Science is amazing and can change lives, but (like anything else) it can be over-hyped. The facts can get lost in a blur of media excitement, and sometimes the reality doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

This blog was set up to help you get some perspective on science that has made the news in a big way. We’ll explore the facts behind the headlines, and ask ourselves – should we believe the hype?

FYI: I designed this blog for anyone who has ever picked up a newspaper, so I’ve assumed some basic scientific knowledge. In places, I’ve directed you to other sites that explain things in more detail, but if anything is unclear please comment and (politely) ask me to stop talking drivel.