Does chocolate make you clever?

For a great magazine piece from the BBC News website today click here.  So it’s a lot of fun to read, and for any women in my audience who rush off for a bar of Dairy Milk before getting to the bottom of the article, beware.  Actually the main point is to show something we should all be aware of in an age of the news that is often telling us that… ‘A recent survey has shown…’ …all manor of odd conclusions.  The link between chocolate consumption and intelligence in this case is an example of the correlation of two effects of a common cause.  This is certainly an article I want to keep to show to some of my less  scientifically gifted colleagues who loudly announce they have discovered something wholly unlikely.

Also fabulous to hear Robert Grubbs (of catalysis fame, my old field) quoted in the regular media.

Quote of the day – a role model for later life

Todays quote comes from Prof. David Spiegelhalter “But I remain inspired by our cat. He hasn’t exactly been lavished with affection, and has never even had a proper name, just being called Mr Cat by default. But he’s kept plodding on, year after year, expressing his feelings by jamming his claws into delicate parts of my body. He fears no dog.

A perfect role model. So when I, too, am old, deaf and a bit daft, I shall follow his example by sitting outside the house, alternating between shouting at passers-by and pretending to be dead. I’ve got the bench set up already.”