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Frank Swain writes and talks about science.
He has written for the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Slate, Microbiologist, Stylist, IET, and Plastic Rhino. He is the creator of SciencePunk.com, now hosted at National Geographic’s ScienceBlogs portal.
His broadcast work includes developing programs for BBC Radio 4 and Bravo, as well as advising for other networks. He’s appeared on BBC Radios 5Live, 4, Oxford and Three Counties, Newstalk.ie, as well as More4 News, to discuss science topics.
Frank has hosted science events at the Wellcome Trust, the Barbican, the Secret Garden Party and Shambala festivals and the BA Festival of Science, and spoken at schools and universities across the country including Cambridge and Imperial College London.
He currently works at the Royal Statistical Society on a project to develop science training for journalists. Previously, he worked at Sense About Science, co-editing There Goes the Science Bit…, a report by the Voice of Young Science group investigating dodgy science claims in advertising, and working with BBC’s Newsnight to reveal the pseudoscience behind the Brain Gym programme.
His first book, How to Make a Zombie, is out in June from OneWorld Publications. Here he is talking about zombies:
Frank has a history of making zines, being a filthy scenester, stage-managing burlesque shows, climbing buildings, harrying his betters, arguing the toss and generally being a force for good.