Michael Slezak


Some recent work



»» News reporting at New Scientist ««

I write news daily and weekly for the New Scientist magazine and website.

»» Book Chapters ««

I wrote a chapter for the book The Curious Country, published by the Chief Scientist of Australia in 2013. You can get a free electronic copy of it here. (My chapter is on page 133.)

I have features in the book Best Australian Science Writing 2014 and Best Australian Science Writing 2015.

»» Features or reviews ««

Australia’s Most Wanted: Learning to Love the Cane Toad New Scientist, 25 April 2014

The Race for the Planet Good Weekend magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November, 2013

The Now Delusion New Scientist, 2 November, 2013

Get Your Spares at the Organ Farm New Scientist, 29 June, 2013

Fighting Cancer Darwin’s Way New Scientist, 22 June, 2013

Beyond the Higgs, New Scientist, 14 July, 2012

The Facebook treatment for MS, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March, 2011

Is quantum mechanics messing with your memory? The Guardian, 27 August, 2009

»» Medical News ««

Here’s the work I’ve published on Australia’s premiere newspaper for doctors, Australian Doctor.

Here’s the work I’ve published in Psychiatry Update, Australia’s leading news publication for psychiatrists and other mental health workers.

»» Opinion and Analysis ««

Linking cannabis and suicide doesn’t prove causation, New Scientist, 12 September 2014

BMJ punks journalists for a christmas laugh, On Line Opinion, 5 January, 2010

Blair fails Philosophy of Science 101, Pure Poison, 4 January, 2010

#Nuttsack sparks debate about science and societyCrikey, 13 November, 2009

»» Selections from my (now defunct) blog Good, Bad, and Bogus ««

Doctors arguing badly: the ethics of placebos, 26 October 2010

Another day, another drug company cover-up, 15 October 2010

The problem with drug trials, 22 August 2010

Why you REALLY can’t trust small studies: the small-study effect, 20 July 2010


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