The Daily Matter
PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 January, 2013, 11:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 10:20pm

Love science? An introduction to The Daily Matter


Christy Choi is a news reporter for the South China Morning Post covering science and technology. Before the SCMP, she worked for the Phnom Penh Post and Time, writing about sharks helping tame lionfish invasions, mealybug infestations, human trafficking and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, among others. As a former contemporary arts curator, she has a soft spot for the arts, and while science is her beat at the Post, she won’t say no to a good yarn about pretty much anything under the sun. Reach her on Twitter @jchristychoi

Do you love science? I love science.
Things like this:

...or this:

It makes my day to learn that 2 per cent of Europeans lack the genes for smelly armpits, or that you can in fact use a laser to beam an image of the Mona Lisa to the moon, or that overbites didn’t become standard until people started eating with knives and forks. (Thanks BBC)

If this makes you go – hell yeah, that’s interesting, The Daily Matter may be for you.

Here we’ll be covering things that make it into the pages of the South China Morning Post, and things that don’t but you might still be interested in, from the world of science.

We’re going to take a closer look at Asia. Research and development have been largely focused in Western institutions, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t developments happening here in our own backyard. Fact is: scientific research is taking off in our corner of the world.

We’ll be talking to researchers, hackers, bankers, Buddhist monks and solid waste experts, and looking at science through many different facets, philosophy, history, art, as well as the usual suspects, so we’d love some input from you. Heard that the guy who created Wikipedia is coming into town? Wondering why the water in Discovery Bay is glowing blue? Write to us.

And finally to paraphrase the words of Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science: The Daily Matter would like to give jargon, confusion, elitism a solid beating with the stick of good writing.

If this sounds like your kind of thing – we’ll see you tomorrow at The Daily Matter.


Twitter: @jchristychoi


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