It’s hugely unpopular, worn by an estimated 5% of men around the world: can 11 design mavericks, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, reinvent the condom for a sexier, safer world?
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.
Let’s Get It On: The race for the world’s best condom
A History of the Ice Pick Lobotomy
It was decreed “the worst idea on the mind” in history in a public debate at the Royal Institution in 2006. Yet it seemed like such a good idea at the time—so good, it won its devisor the Nobel Prize.
Animals Like to Get High in the Wild, Too
Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In my new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.
On The Anniversary of the First Acid Trip, What Do We Now Know About LSD?
But one high is so famous it has a birthday: Bicycle Day, April 19, 1943. The world’s first acid trip.
Let’s Get It On
Today I publish my first feature in The Guardian’s magazine: a cover story on the race for the new condom. Plus they used a Marvin Gaye quote for the headline. Couldn’t be more delighted.
Huff Post Live
I appeared on the Huffingpost’s Online News channel live from their studio in New York – you can see the clip of me yapping away here. I didn’t realise until I got there that it was TV, not radio – thank goodness I was wearing a suit…
I will be in Toronto this May for the Pages Unbound festival – the city’s top notch cavalry of literature – to chat about What Women Write on May 8th with a spectacular set of female scribes.
The One And Only?
I’ll be speaking at the Edinburgh Science Festival on April 7th in a panel discussion about monogamy – are we biologically hard-wired to pair for life, or is it simply a myth perpetuated by political and religious institutions?
I’ll be headlining the Saturday Super Salon at the 40 Winks Hotel this April 4th, in conversation with Liz Hoggard of The Times. Complete with champagne, cake and sumptuous decor, it promises to be lush…