New stories – on drones, herring and a tech tycoon

December 2014 - versatile Nathan Myhrvold My profile of the polymathic ex-Microsoft CTO - he's also the top Tyrannosaurus Rex hunter and author/publisher of Modernist Cuisine, the world's most expensive cookbook -  is in the January 2015 issue of Intelligent Life Return of the Silver Darlings I went to the island of Bornholm to hunt down Denmark's legendary cured herring … Continue reading New stories – on drones, herring and a tech tycoon

Coffee under threat: how climate and the global market combine to create a crisis

 Broadcast by BBC World Service, From Our Own Correspondent, 27 May 2014: Audio  Published in the Observer, 30 March 2014: Under the coffee bushes, Rosibel and Benjamín Fijardo are on their knees, scraping carefully through a litter of dead leaves and dried mud. They are scavenging for stray coffee berries, fallen when the harvesters went through the … Continue reading Coffee under threat: how climate and the global market combine to create a crisis

For the good of animals and humans, butchers' windows should look like this

25 Feb 2014. Comment piece published in the Daily Mail (original here): A high Street butcher in Suffolk has been forced to take down its window display, as shoppers are said to be offended by the sight of bits of dead animals. Hanging pigs’ heads, limp rabbits and dead pheasants were upsetting the children. The story is  ludicrous. … Continue reading For the good of animals and humans, butchers' windows should look like this