Author: Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett is proud native of North Yorkshire, England and a graduate of Imperial College London with a B.Sc. honors degree in biology with a year in Europe. He loves writing about all things science, but has a particular penchant for health and also political stories. Check out his website and follow him on Twitter: @BenjPlackett

Gin in your genes?

Gin in your genes?

Scientists know that about half of alcoholism risk comes from your DNA, but which genes in particular are responsible, and why does it matter?

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted September 19, 2012

Smokeless in Seattle?

Smokeless in Seattle?

The legalization of marijuana is in the air for Washington State

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted July 29, 2012

VIDEO: The Chicago River: Change of course?

VIDEO: The Chicago River: Change of course?

The Chicago River is well on its way to environmental recovery, but there is still work to be done

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted May 24, 2012

The science behind the sanctions

The science behind the sanctions

Sensible response to Iran and its nuclear ambitions means understanding the science behind the sanctions.

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted March 29, 2012

VIDEO: New York State: To frack or not to frack?

VIDEO: New York State: To frack or not to frack?

That is the question

By Emma Bryce and Benjamin Plackett | Posted March 26, 2012

Coffee - a cause for concern or a cure?

Coffee – a cause for concern or a cure?

With 1.6 million new cases of type two diabetes each year, how much coffee should we really be drinking?

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted February 26, 2012

Call me Bond, Prion Bond ...

Call me Bond, Prion Bond …

Prions, a type of misled protein, are not too dissimilar from double agents

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted February 12, 2012

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted January 5, 2012

2011: A year of contradictions

2011: A year of contradictions

Scienceline takes a look back at some of the best contradicting science stories of 2011

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted December 26, 2011

There must be something in the water

There must be something in the water

More than just H2O comes out of your kitchen tap

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted November 2, 2011

The worst preventable disaster of recent times

The worst preventable disaster of recent times

Oxfam America knew and warned of a famine before it happened in the Horn of Africa — what went wrong?

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted October 25, 2011

Tea-ming with stress? Put the kettle on

Tea-ming with stress? Put the kettle on

“There is no trouble so great that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea” – Bernard-Paul Heroux

By Benjamin Plackett | Posted October 13, 2011