Alex Jackson

London-based journalist and digital editor. Writes about science, health and technology, with sporadic moments of music punditry. Contributed to Nature, Scientific American, BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic, Geographical Magazine, Alter the Press and Shout4Music.

Inspiring Young Men from Minority Backgrounds to Code | Voices, Scientific American Blog Network

On a sign that adorns the premises of the vibrant New York technology charity, All Star Code, the bold messaging could not be clearer.  Displayed in large writing are the top ten principles that inspired the charity’s creation. Most prominently placed, and one that will ring true to many Americans, is number one. It reads: “Boys Matter: Young men of color are one of our nation’s greatest sources of

Bill Bryson: A Champion of Science and Science Communication

The popular author embarked a decade ago on his eye-opening journey of research for the acclaimed science book A Short History of Nearly Everything. At that time, he could never have envisaged the popularity and esteem his book would be held in today Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short H

Passengers Screenwriter Talks about Time Dilation and a Story's Inner Truth

Hollywood's go-to hard science fiction and space epics writer Jon Spaihts says drama takes precedence but he also tries to write scripts that teach no harmful fallacies Jon Spaihts is the screenwriter of The Darkest Hour, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the upcoming Passengers and The Mummy. The one-time physics student and science writer has become one of the go-to writers for hard science fiction and space epics in Hollywood. He is currently working on a remake of Disney’s classic, The Black Ho

Gravity 's Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Mastermind Talks about Computer Graphics and "Weightlessness"

Tim Webber has become one of the most talked about people in film in recent months. In the past, he has been an ‘unsung hero’ of visual effects, who has wielded his magic on many memorable cinematic scenes. From his previous Oscar nod on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008, to creating the CG baby in Children of Men with Gravity’s director Alfonso Cuarón ; Webber has been a visionary, who until recently, has shied away from the spotlight.

An Intrepid Look at Winter with Climate Scientist and Adventurer Felicity Aston | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network

“Our comfortable thought about Antarctica as a static cold monolithic environment is over as we’re now seeing it as a living being that’s dynamic and producing change. Change that is being broadcast to the rest of the world, possibly in response to what the world is broadcasting down to Antarctica,” a glaciologist aptly sums up his observations of the changing landscape in Werner Herzog’s documentary on Antarctica “Encounters At the End of the World.”