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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.

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post 22 August 2014
Concerns over risks and benefits of stroke drug

A Lancet article says there are problems with clinical trial data for alteplase, a frontline medicine given to up to 20 per cent of those suffering strokes in England every year.

post 21 August 2014
Can eating fatty meat and whole milk help you lose weight?

Cheese, butter, clotted cream and a brick sized rib-eye steak. Delicious... but it's also all good for you - and can even help you lose weight. Complete fantasy? Not according to a new book.

post 20 August 2014
How long did neanderthals rub shoulders with our ancestors?

Neanderthals and humans definitely got together. Around 2 per cent of our genome is 'neanderthal' DNA.

post 19 August 2014
Bároarbunga: why air travellers needn't fear another 2010

Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano looks like it's about to blow. But don't worry, say volcanologists, the eruption probably won't ruin anybody's travel plans - it's the wrong kind of ash.

post 18 August 2014
Obesity crisis: sorting the 'fat' from the fiction

An intellectual punch-up is brewing in the medical community, as a think tank says it is not eating too much that causes obesity, but lack of exercise - something some doctors call "laughable".

video 12 August 2014 UK

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Not-so-Glorious Twelfth for hen harriers - video

Wildlife conservationists want to ban grouse shooting - not just because they disagree with the practice but because it threatens the survival of the hen harrier.

video 08 August 2014 UK

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Will Ukip leader Farage stand for Thanet South? - video

It emerges that the Ukip leader has earmarked a seat to launch him into parliament. He contested South Thanet in Kent in 2005 and he now looks likely to return there next May.

post 08 August 2014
Ebola outbreak declared a public emergency as clinics 'paralysed'

West Africa's raging epidemic of Ebola virus is an "extraordinary event" and now constitutes an international risk, the World Health Organisation says, as the number of deaths rise to 961.

video 07 August 2014 World

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Is enough being done to contain Ebola epidemic? - video

Liberia and Sierra Leone have introduced blockades in a bid to contain the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has killed 932 people in west Africa. But is it enough?

post 06 August 2014
Rosetta - touching down on a comet for the first time

Comets are about the most elusive and poorly understood objects in the solar system but in just a few hours space scientists are about to get the closest they have ever been to one.

post 15 July 2014
Fond and not-so-fond farewells to 'four brains' and OPatz

Owen Paterson, the outgoing environment secretary, was loathed by environmentalists and animal lovers. By contrast former science minister David Willetts was the darling of academics.

post 14 July 2014
How lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's

There may be no cure for Alzheimer's in sight - but new research gives cause for optimism that there is the chance of preventing it - for some.

post 09 July 2014
Campaign to keep Devon's beavers from being evicted

Beavers who have set up home in Devon should be left alone and allowed to flourish, wildlife enthusiasts say, as the government announces plans to re-locate them.

article 08 July 2014 Science
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Alzheimer's blood test 'could transform treatment'

A simple blood test that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease before recognisable symptoms appear could be available in two years, say scientists.

post 29 June 2014
How easy is it to spot cancer early?

No doctor would argue they shouldn't be more vigilant for common types of cancer. However some cancers are much harder to spot than others.

post 26 June 2014
Was Lord Smith's Environment Agency to blame for the floods?

The Environment Agency's Lord Smith had to face angry citizens during the winter floods. But isn't that the job of ministers?

post 04 June 2014
Coalition parties show their true colours on green policies

Nick Clegg famously mocked the Conservative party's environmental posturing by saying you could only turn blue into green by adding yellow - but the colours have failed to mix.

post 02 June 2014
Obama is brave - but King Coal has already lost its crown

President Obama is taking a bold stand on climate emissions. But conservative critics are exaggerating the risk to the US economy.

video 22 May 2014 UK

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Child's-eye view of Tesco ban on sweets at checkouts - video

Is Tesco's ban on sweets at the checkout the sign of changing times, or a gimmick to generate good headlines? Science Editor Tom Clarke investigates - with the help of the experts....