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Zoe's first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science – hand-picked by The Guardian as a must-read science book – was published by Profile in August 2014.

Science has revealed why all human cultures are united by a uniform embrace of 'base' pursuits': without them, we would not be who we are.

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Heavenly Nipples celebrates sexual diversity at the Glastonbury Festival

Date: 9th July 2014

Publication: The Guardian

At this year’s festival, Guerilla Science used latex nipples, merkins and the Great Wall of Vagina to confront the pervasive discomfort humans have with our sexual diversity

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How magic mushrooms induce a dream-like state

Date: 4th July 2014

Publication: New Scientist

Anyone who has enjoyed a magical mystery tour thanks to the psychedelic powers of magic mushrooms knows the experience is surreally dreamlike. Now neuroscientists have uncovered a reason why: the active ingredient, psilocybin, induces changes in the brain that are eerily akin to what goes on when we’re off in the land of nod.

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Urban Myths: Can a coin dropped from a skyscraper kill you?

Date: 20th March 2014

Publication: The Guardian

As Britain unveils a new pound coin, we put to rest once and for all the question of whether falling change can, in fact, be lethal

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Online games offer trove of brain data

Date: 21st June 2013

Publication: Nature News

Study of 35 million users of brain-training software finds alcohol and sleep linked to cognitive performance.

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Monocle Radio

17th August 2014

Monocle Magazine interviewed me for the Sunday radio show about my new bookSex Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. You can check out (and download) the show here. I’m on air about 20 minutes in, yapping about live sex acts in labs, LSD as a treatment for alcoholism, a man who wears a birdcage on his head, how Timothy Leary was a twat, where the clitoris is located according to Vesalius, how music is our species’ greatest achievement, and why goats have oral sex. (My answer: “Why not?”)

Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

7th August 2014

My book comes out today! Sex Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. Two and a half years in the making… I got there in the end. If you fancy picking it up, please pick it up from an independent bookstore – or Hive, an independent and legit online bookseller. Deepest love and thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

SGP

28th July 2014

It was the 14th year for the Secret Garden Party, the birthplace and spiritual home of Guerilla Science. With ceaseless sunshine and a sizzling programme of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, we smashed it, if I do say so myself. All beneath a giant vagina surrounded by a garden of pubic hair made from bicycle tires. Science in a field full of bags of narcotics, sound systems and naked people? Parfait.

Latitude

17th July 2014

Going to Latitude? I’m speaking in the Wellcome Trust Science & Secrets Hub at 5pm on Friday about my first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science (full info here). Come celebrate the science of sin!

Science Impressario

14th July 2014

I have been featured in New Scientist as having the “dream job”: a “science impresario” who celebrates science at summer music festivals. Check out the full article  - featuring a video of me stripping naked for science – here. (Yes, it’s suitable for work.)

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