Written by me: my favourite articles of 2016.

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Over the last twelve months I have written about fifty stories  on mostly science and technology for brands like BBC Future, The Economist,  i newspaper and Publishing Perspectives.

Here are some of my favourites from those that have so far appeared online in no particular order…

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The aerial tankers that helped shrink the globe and are shaping its future

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Aerial refuelling has been enthusiastically embraced by air forces around the world since the 1950s. Will we now see airliners refuelled the same way?

Read my latest piece for BBC Future in full below or by following this link.

“When I spent time on alert when the Cold War was on, I had to spend a week underground in a bunker,” says Chris Hoctor, former crew member of a United States Air Force refuelling tanker aircraft and author of Voices from an Old Warrior, recalling his time in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the 1980s.

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Will Trump back the Hump?

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The double-decker sized humpback whales famed for their songs are a conservation success story – but some experts are wary of a numbers game, while others fear the new President will reverse work done to save them.

Read my latest double page feature and cover story for the i paper in full below or the original here.

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This is not your computer talking: can text-to-speech technology convince more publishers of its benefits?

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At Frankfurt Book Fair. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Marc Jacquemin

Even as some in publishing seem resistant to the educational benefits of text-to-speech, proponents like ReadSpeaker say the technology is getting stronger.

Check out my recent piece for Publishing Perspectives in full below or the original piece by clicking here.

Here the technology at work for yourself – click on the Voice Demo on the Readspeaker homepage and voices that range from Norwegian male to South Korean female.

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Serial Dilemma: What does success look like in Book Apps?

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As innovative as publishers may want to be, how do we evaluate market response to ‘Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia’ with so few apps as apt comparisons and publishers so reluctant to make public any data on the sale of their apps?

Check out my exclusive interview with Marissa Hussey, the women behind Julian Fellowes’ ‘Belgravia’, for Publishing Perspectives  in full below, or by clicking this link. Belgravia wasn’t the hit that some people thought it would be

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What happens when you try and fly a drone inside a fusion reactor?

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Pictures by Deniz Topcuoglu and Goshen Ongun

How do you make repairs inside a nuclear reactor? The answer may be small drones that can fly and walk.

Check out my exclusive story for BBC Future in full below with added extra pics that weren’t used in the original piece or by clicking on this link The repair crew that can go where no human can.

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