About Me

• 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 currently based in London ]. My profile can be found here.

• In the process so far, I’ve been responsible for discovering three sets of researchers who went on to become Ig Nobel™ prize winners for their work on …

  1. A patented bra that converts into two facemasks [2009]
  2. The slipperiness of banana skins underfoot [2014]
  3. The ‘Brand Personality’ of rocks [2016]

 

• 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 even though you have no use for it”

“A philosopher is someone who tries to make sense of the world just by thinking about it”

“A genuine 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”