[ Twitter feed : @ReallyMG ]
• My work as a ‘Research Researcher’ involves scouring the scholarly journals, panning the latest patent archives, and beachcombing university websites – looking for uncommonly intriguing research. Then I write about it.
• I’m currently the Rio de Janeiro Desk Chief for Improbable Research [ though oddly, I’m now based in London ]. My profile can be found here.
• In the process so far, I’ve been responsible for discovering six sets of researchers who went on to become Ig Nobel™ prize winners for their work on …
- A patented bra that converts into two facemasks 
- The slipperiness of banana skins underfoot 
- The ‘Brand Personality’ of rocks 
- Shouting and cursing whilst driving 
- The use of Voodoo dolls against bosses 
- An infant diaper changing machine 
• I’m also curator of the world’s first online Encyclopaedia of Unknowns called Wikenigma (it’s a publicly editable wiki like Wikipedia, but about things we don’t yet know, rather than about those we do)
And finally . . .
Some things I’m currently trying to define . . .
• “An artwork is something you’d rescue from a skip [‘dumpster’ US] even though you have no use for it”
• “A philosopher is someone who tries to make sense of the universe just by thinking about it”
• “A true medicine is a chemical which cures you even when you don’t believe in it”
• “A terrorist is someone who carries out crimes against humanity without the requisite governmental authorisation”
• “Austerity is a form of state coercion that forces you to pay someone else’s debts for them”
• “Cloud-computing is when some dude convinces you to store all your data on his hard-drive instead of yours”
• “The Scientific Method is an attempt to ringfence negative aspects of human nature well away from the quest for knowledge”
• “Meditation is a learned methodology for showing one’s brain who’s boss”
• “A politician is someone who earns credibility by telling people what they want to hear, and then spends it again doing what he/she really wants to do”