Science writer, Bristol
Alex Riley is a science writer whose work has been published by the BBC, New Scientist and Nautilus, among others. In 2019, he received a best feature award from the Association of British Science Writers for his reporting on global mental healthcare in Mosaic. He is the author of A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It (2021). He lives in Bristol, UK.
The seed of suffering
The p-factor is the dark matter of psychiatry: an invisible, unifying force that might lie behind a multitude of mental disorders
What say you, dinosaur?
Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back
Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health
How a 500-year experiment to revive dormant microbes could reveal the secrets to cheating time