Tom Clarke

Science Editor
Science Editor Tom Clarke's beat varies from the pharmaceutical industry to climate change.
Science Editor Tom Clarke's beat varies from the pharmaceutical industry to climate change.

Since joining Channel 4 News in 2003, he has covered energy and the environment in from the Arctic Circle, seen some of the world's most endangered whales in Russia's far East, and followed the growing pains of the UK's landmark Climate Change Bill.

Tom started out as a scientist studying insects in the America’s deep south. After leaving the lab, Tom trained in journalism in New York. He worked as a science producer for American National Public Radio before returning to the UK to work for the science magazine Nature.


post 20 January 2016
Could our solar system have nine planets after all?

Researchers in California have announced there may be a giant ninth planet at the very outer edge of our Solar System.

post 11 January 2016
David Bowie: Space Oddity with geek appeal

David Bowie appealed to a lot of people with a lot of peculiar leanings. And for those of us with a sciencey, spacey, creepy-crawly leaning, the connection was a powerful one.

post 09 September 2015
Alzheimer's disease: can you really catch it?

Evidence emerged today that Alzheimer's disease might have the potential to spread from one person to the next. Should we be terrified? In short: No.

post 21 August 2015
Dementia in decline, latest research suggests

It's the best news in dementia research for years. So why is no one celebrating?

post 20 August 2015
London gets the seal of approval from some well-loved mammals

As the Thames river gets cleaner, London residents are getting ever more chances to spot animals such as seals and porpoises.

article 15 July 2015 World, Ukraine
Chernobyl: inside the nuclear disaster exclusion zone

Almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which turned the area around the plant into a no-go zone, scientists are involved in a unique experiment in how nature copes with radiation.

post 03 July 2015
Ashya King is back - but was it right for him to go?

Perhaps the only good thing about the story of Ashya King, taken to Prague by his parents in 2014 to treat a brain tumour, is that it raised the profile of childhood cancers in the UK.

post 14 June 2015
Why Philae's long sleep could be even better than planned

Now they've re-established contact with their probe - missing, believed dead for seven months - they now find themselves at the centre of the greatest comeback story in the history of robots in space.

post 11 June 2015
Peanuts lengthen your life? You'd be nuts to believe it

Don't imagine that a bag of salted peanuts in the pub is going to do the job if you're looking for ways to extend your lifespan...

article 01 June 2015 Science
Cancer breakthrough after 'spectacular' melanoma results

Experts have hailed a new era for cancer treatments after "spectacular" results were achieved in treating skin cancer by harnessing the body's immune system to attack malignant cells.

post 13 May 2015
Dark clouds on horizon for renewable energy, despite new solar high

The amount of wind and solar power being produced in the UK has risen rapidly. But industry bodies fear government plans to cut subsidies could undermine moves to a low carbon future.

post 23 April 2015
Human genetic modification: a bold step forward or a slippery slope?

Well they've only gone and done it. A team of Chinese scientists have published research showing that they have used "gene editing" techniques to manipulate the DNA of a human embryo.

post 10 April 2015
Could Network Rail be breaching law by cutting down trees?

Network Rail stands accused of ignoring laws designed to protect wildlife as it battles to clear hundreds of thousands of trees which line the network.

article 02 April 2015 UK
A red kite hovers overhead (Getty)
Red kites: from the brink of extinction to life in the burbs

After persecuting them nearly to extinction, mankind is helping red kites make an incredible comeback, with thousands of suburban bird lovers now feeding the majestic raptors in their back gardens.

post 24 March 2015
Mysterious crash of one of the world's safest aircraft

The Airbus A320 involved in the Germanwings crash is one of the world's safest aircraft. And based on the limited details available, experts are describing the incident as bizarre.

post 19 March 2015
The solar eclipse: how you can view it

On Friday we will see the deepest eclipse of the Sun so far this century. For most of us, of course, the view will be ruined by cloud, fog and rain just as it was for the total eclipse in 1999.

post 25 February 2015
Computers learning to play video games: why it matters

UK researchers have created a programme capable of playing a large number of computer games, looking only at the information on the screen.

post 17 February 2015
How feasible is a mission to settle Mars?

There is no supersaver return option for Mars. Restrictions of weight and cost would make a "Mars return" mission very expensive indeed.

video 03 February 2015 UK

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Britain votes for world's first 'three-parent' IVF babies

MPs back regulations to permit the use of an IVF technique which allows the creation of a baby bearing DNA from three people.