I just wanted to let people know about my new blog ScienceDipity. I created this blog to combat what I think is the common misrepresentation of science, both in the media and by people who think that science is something only done by people with degrees and a lab coat.

So, if you are interested, head over to


Outrageous! Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good lead

Last week, the Daily Express had the following front page:

The main article, Lifestyle Key to a Long Life, has the lead

It’s got nothing to do with genes claim scientists

That is really a bold statement. Unfortunately, it is also completely made up. Just four sentences into the article we are told

Although genes do play a role in the risk of disease, experts say our behaviour is a far more powerful influence.

[emphasis is mine]