Mark Honigsbaum


Meet iCub the social robot who's almost human

The end of the scalpel? seeing the virtue of virtual autopsies

Coronavirus conundrums: is it the new SARS?

Bird Flu Redux: it's back (or is it?)

Pop meets the parasite: or how Cheryl Cole put malaria on the map

To jab or not to jab? risk and the cervical cancer vaccine

'Aporkalpyse' Now? Swine flu and the parallels with 1918

1918 Redux: How would Britons cope with an influenza pandemic today?

The new war on TB: the challenge of multi drug-resistant tuberculosis

Killer bacterium? the truth about the new MRSA superbug

Bird Flu inside Hanoi's bird flu 'hot zone'

The Virus Hunter Holland's Mr H5N1

Surviving the Spanish Lady one woman's memories of the Spanish inlfuenza

Manuel Patarroyo the man who would cure malaria


The cuddle chemical: oxtyocin and empathy

Schadenfreude: the 'cruellest' emotion

Happiness in search of that elusive feel-good factor


Ernst Leitz photography's Oskar Schindler

Map Thieves On the trail of the antique map razorers

Divided we stand my family and other American fault lines

The Weather Underground America's original terrorists


Dangerous Weekend for Boys Rafting, campfire bonding and an awful lot of whittling..

Quest Can a new scheme that uses myths and mentors help to show boys the way to manhood?

Going Under the true story of three Cornish trawlermen, a freak wave and two survivors

Fatherhood the new frontier


The problem with British tennis too much class, too little conviction

Andy Murray class and conviction

Jose Mourinho 'God, and after god, me.'

Recent articles

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Ebola: The Road to Zero

The Ebola epidemic is nearly over but life in Sierra Leone - as in other Ebola-affected countries in West Africa - cannot return to normal until transmission of the virus ceases and cases fall to zero. Unfortunately, 'getting to zero' is easier said than done.

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The Brave New World of Digital Medicine

Do we really want to live in a brave new digital world where patients are their own doctors and there is no longer a need for us to submit to an interview in a clinical setting? What do we give up – and what do we lose – when health becomes nothing more than a stream of physiological outputs to be parsed by faceless medical providers?

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Advocates of this $300 headset say it could transform the lives of 'locked-in' patients. But can the Epoc headset really 'read' thoughts and intentions from EEG traces, or does it give sufferers false hope?

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The meaning of tears

Tears have long baffled biologists. Are they nature's way of keeping the eye moist and free of bacteria, or are tears a child's way of signalling that it is in distress without attracting the attention of predators? Or do tears, as Darwin thought, signify nothing in particular?From tears of joy to crocodile tears and the pious tears shed by monks, I argue that tears are a product of mind as much as body.
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Empathy and the president

Empathy is increasingly seen as the key to all our problems - hence Obama's claim that the 'empathy deficit' is a more pressing problem than the federal deficit. But what if empathy is merely a product of changing scientific fashions and the latest social technologies?

Takng the hype out of hypertension

Hypertension is known as the 'silent killer', hence the medical warnings urging us to cut out fat and salt and take regular exercise. But not all hypertension is equal: some high blood pressure may be due to genetics or the price we pay for our stressful urban lifestyles. Here, with the help of a hyperactive goldendoodle, I attempt to disentangle the emotional and other risk factors, while taking the measure of my own blood pressure.
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Posthuman? moi?

Bertolt Meyer used to be ashamed of his disability. Then his insurance company bought him a cool looking bionic hand, turning him into a poster boy for post-humanism. As he explains, it's been something of a mixed blessing. But one day we may all envy his bionic hand. Indeed, it could be argued that may of us are already well on the way to becoming transhuman.
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Comment: the greatest bioterrorist is nature

Just because scientists are getting better at resurrecting viruses like bird flu in the laboratory, doesn't mean we should suppress their research. On the contrary, their experiments are essential to getting a head-start on the next pandemic killer.
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7/7: my part in the conspiracy that refused to die

When I found myself at Edgware Road station shortly after the 7/7 blasts on the London underground, I little thought that I would set in train a host of conspiracy theories about the 'real' perpetrators of the bombings. It just goes to show that in today's world where information and misinformation circulate endlessly on the internet, journalists can never be too careful.
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The pandemic that never was

When shortly after the emergence of a new strain of swine flu in Mexico in 2009, the World Health Organisation declared a worldwide alert, some observers accused it of conspiring with drug companies to spread needless hysteria. But was swine flu a 'fake pandemic' or a warning of things to come?
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Forever young

In the winter of 2002, my wife and I decided to take a wild gamble. Rather than endure another dull winter in London, we packed four rucksacks, removed our children from school and flew to Vilcabamba, a remote village in southern Ecuador famed for its centenarians and its year-round spring climate. They call it the 'Valley of Eternal Youth'.