About The Author

About The Author

Becky Casale is a writer who loves a bit of the ol' science.

Welcome, entity! Come a little closer, will you?

Planet Earth

Closer...

New Zealand

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Peninsula

Are you using Google Maps?

House Roof

Good! That's my roof.

Living Room

Getting really close. Now, slow down otherwise you'll--

Hair Under Microscope

Mmm. Scalpy.

Becky Casale

Hi. Welcome to my blog.

I know what you're thinking. Will COVID ever go away? Is reading this the best use of your time? Where are my pants?

I'm largely unqualified to answer your very important questions. But I can offer you science musings such as: Will Teleporters Destroy Your Soul? and No Because We Are Biological Machines and How Do Jellyfish Have Sex? (An inexplicably popular article, you pervs.)

Science Fact and Science Fiction

Many scientists love science fiction because it's a natural extension of the thing they do best: asking questions. What are the effects of genetic modification? What would it be like to colonise another planet? What would happen if we could see into the past—or the future? If these questions have you frothing at the mouth, you're a scientist too.

I caught the science bug when I read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park when I was 13. There's a lot more science in the book than made it into the movie: genetics, chaos theory, ethics, and of course the practical consequences of creating belligerent monsters that look like dinosaurs.

The "what if" questions posed by science fiction grow in significance every year. Technology is accelerating at an eye-watering pace, and things once considered wildly futuristic are now a reality. As I write, long-distance quantum teleportation is in the science news, using entangled photons to develop a quantum internet.

This is what I'm all about: understanding the nature of things so we can ask the right questions. Everything I do is a work in progress, just like humanity itself. A weird and chaotic science experiment set on a little blue dot.

Close Up

I live in Auckland in New Zealand with my partner Pete and our two children, Fox and Kea. It's a million miles 11,000 miles from the life I grew up in back in England.

I started out as a financial journalist then became a blogger when I emigrated in 2008. As you can see from my posts, I'm slowly learning digital illustration. (Procreate and my Apple Pencil are my new best friends.)

I consume a fair bit of non-fiction (check out my favourite popular science books here), as well as probing podcasts (from the likes of Sam Harris and Brett Weinstein) which keep me sane when I find my two-year-old sloshing her poo around the toilet with her bare hands.

I'm passionate about evolutionary biology, and am now halfway through a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Above all, I enjoy writing about the stories of science and how this bizarre world fits together in the framework of adaptive evolution.

I hope you enjoy this site and perhaps even tell a friend about it so Science Me can keep growing. If you sign up for emails I'll let you know when new posts are up.

Becky Casale, the author of Science Me, with her son Fox in New Zealand

Me and Fox having a bit of a day on Earth