Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson is a freelance science writer from Newcastle, UK.

Andrew Patterson is a freelance science writer from Newcastle, UK. 

  • Children feature heavily in sports injury stats

    Research calls for safety protocols to reduce hospital admissions.

    Participation in sports is widely used as a key component in promoting a healthy lifestyle for youngsters, and lauded...

    November 6, 2018
  • Football shock! Referees turn out to be clever people

    Study finds soccer officials look at the big picture rather than the details. Andrew Patterson re...

    From the grandest stadia to the shabbiest park pitches, the job of soccer referees is a difficult and often thankless...

    September 30, 2018
  • AI experts gather in Adelaide

    Royal Institution announces roundtable discussion on the role of machine learning in society.

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to revolutionise society, spreading their tentacles into a...

    September 24, 2018
  • Group loyalty is inherent, not learned

    The simple status of belonging is enough to trigger defence and aggression. Andrew Patterson repo...

    Today’s fractious social climate is painted by the collective mainstream media as snowflakes to the left of you, extr...

    August 15, 2018
  • Judging the sports judges

    Eccentric & dishonest scoring during elite sporting comps.

    A new study published on the preprint server arXiv – and thus awaiting peer review – has placed scoring judges in spo...

    August 5, 2018
  • Head injury risk higher for female soccer players

    Brain imaging reveals gender makes a difference.

    In a study published in the journal Radiology, the researchers responsible for a recent study illustrating the concus...

    July 31, 2018
  • Amazon agriculture shapes the landscape

    Ancient farming techniques contribute to rich ecosystems.

    The Amazon region of South America has been a hub of food production for longer than previously thought, according to...

    July 25, 2018
  • US wall would wreak environmental havoc

    Call on the US government to abandon a proposed wall.

    A continuous wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, as proposed repeatedly amid much controversy...

    July 24, 2018
  • Spiders fly using electricity, not wind

    The enduring mystery of how baby spiders become airborne.

    The phenomenon of baby spiders gliding through the air on the end of a length of spun-silk has been reported for cent...

    July 8, 2018
  • Football violence driven by tribal loyalties

    Soccer is known almost as much for its off-field fights as its on-field skills. New research prob...

    The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is drawing to a close and thus far, reports suggest the atmosphere in and ...

    June 28, 2018
  • Build your own nerve gas detector

    Lego device that can identify deadly chemical weapons.

    One of mankind’s most simple and playful creations could help sniff out one of its most complex and deadly, a new stu...

    June 27, 2018
  • Penalty rates: the science of World Cup football

    A standing-start kick at the goal looks simple, but in reality it’s anything but.

    The biggest sporting event of 2018, the FIFA World Cup, is under way and penalty kicks have been a prominent feature ...

    June 19, 2018
  • Five new species of snail-sucking snakes

    Four of the new species are endangered.

    The natural world is replete with unusual eating habits – moths bully larger animals and drink their tears, ostriches...

    June 18, 2018
  • The key to fitness: walk more or lose money

    The threat of financial penalty gives incentive for exercise.

    A clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed that playing on...

    June 14, 2018
  • In football, slow-mo replays prompt harsher penalties

    A study of referee reactions may bode ill for World Cup players. Andrew Patterson reports.

    The controversial recent adoption in football of video assisted refereeing (VAR) is designed to aid the decision-maki...

    June 12, 2018
  • Socceroos unlikely to win World Cup

    Chances of an Australian victory in the global football comp.

    If a simulation he devised is any indication, decision analyst Steve Begg of the Australian School of Petroleum at th...

    June 10, 2018
  • Concussion risk from “heading” the ball

    Headers, not accidental collisions, are the danger for football players.

    Major changes to the way the world’s most popular sport is played may be drawing closer, after a new study revealed t...

    May 7, 2018

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