Introducing Lateral

By Grant Jacobs 07/08/2015

The first issue of Lateral Magazine is out.

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 2.28.13 pmIt features—what else—‘firsts’: “from childhood memories to the first world war, to breakthroughs in human genome editing to our first close look at Pluto, to the origins of science fiction cinema.”

Categories include Art & Popular Culture, Life Science, Physical Science, Society & Education, and Philosophy & History.

Something there for everyone.

It’s a project of members of the Young Australian Skeptics aimed at “an ongoing exploration of the relationship between science and society.”

By supporting and providing a platform for some of the best up-and-coming science writers and artists, we hope to inspire a new generation that understands how science connects to their lives and to the world as a whole.

As you might expect, the team are younger people “with backgrounds in both scientific research and communications”.

It looks the sort of effort I’d love to write a few pieces for, or take on an editorial role, were I younger.* I hope readers enjoy exploring it!

You can follow them on twitter at @lateralmag and sign up for email alerts at the bottom of their About page.


I have several posts I’ve lined up, but at short notice we’ve been advised no comments will be available tomorrow and through the weekend. As these planned posts were meant to encourage discussion they’ve been moved to next week. Sorry! (In the meantime you can browse the back catalog here—over 900 posts on Code for life to choose from—or read Lateral!)

On a personal note, I like that this features writing. I love of the things people are going with other forms of science communication, but I sometimes feel (good) writing is undervalued.

(I may replace the image with a portion of their cover illustration once I’ve learnt from them what their content copyright, etc., is.)

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A new font – the alphabet in proteins

Taonga genome websites as on-line hubs for NZ species