Joseph Phelan

Editor, journalist and writer.

United Kingdom

I'm an experienced writer, journalist and editor. I've written for the BBC, National Geographic, Scientific American, VICE, World Soccer, Icelandair, Live Science, The Blizzard, Dalesman, Cumbria, GLORY, Pog Mo Goal, Libero, and various other publications.

I've worked across numerous sectors, from finance to sport, infrastructure to the green economy, and produced copy for organisations including RBS, BP, Shell, NatWest, Waitrose, Philips, Lloyd's Register and Oracle. I also wrote the CPNI’s official guidance around phishing.

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Msn
Why are human lips red?

We use them every day, but have you ever stopped to consider that your lips do not look, feel or act like other parts of your body? Why are they so red, so sensitive and so prone to dryness? And why have humans evolved to have lips, when other creatures — birds and turtles, for example — get on just fine without them?

Scientific American
How Many Nuclear Weapons Exist, and Who Has Them?

Since Russia first invaded Ukraine nearly three weeks ago, the threat of nuclear weapon use has risen. This was made clear on Feb. 27, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country's nuclear forces had been placed on "high alert," the Associated Press reported.

Bbc
How Dubai is pushing back its encroaching deserts

The desert has never been far from Dubai's doorstep. Now a modern financial hub of some three million people, the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) most populous city remains surrounded on one side by sea, on the other by a seemingly endless carpet of sand.

livescience.com
03/07/2022
Russia's Ukraine invasion could imperil international science

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has forced at least 1 million people to flee their homes, and has already seen thousands of Ukrainian civilians killed , could also have wide-reaching and prolonged ramifications for scores of industries and organizations, including many designed to be apolitical.

livescience.com
01/01/2022
Why do we still measure things in horsepower?

(Image credit: anouchka via Getty Images) If you're buying a car and have no experience with power measurements or vehicle stats, you may be baffled by one of the vehicle's key capabilities: its horsepower. Based on that term, you may assume that a horse can produce around 1 horsepower.

Sidetracked
Making Molehills of Mountains - In Conversation with Anna Taylor

From The Field One of climbing's greatest talents, Anna Taylor is not like most people. It becomes clear, almost immediately after we begin talking, that she is driven by levels of determination and ambition that are as admirable as they are rare. 'It sounds sadistic, but I enjoy pushing my mind and body to breaking point.

livescience.com
12/26/2021
Is Mount Everest really the tallest mountain on Earth?

(Image credit: Didier Marti via Getty Images) It's no secret that Mount Everest, the jewel in Nepal's Himalayan crown, is the world's premier mountain. It's one of those facts embedded in childhood, like knowing that Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the or that blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived.

livescience.com
12/13/2021
What is the 'call of the void'?

(Image credit: Ali Arapoğlu/Pexels) Have you ever stood on a balcony, leaned over the edge and unexpectedly thought, "If I wanted to, I could just jump?" Or perhaps you've been at a cliff's edge, with the intention of doing nothing more than enjoying the view and fleetingly considered how easy it would be to simply step over the edge.

Barista Magazine Online
12/31/2020
London's Quirkiest Cafés - Barista Magazine Online

BY JOSEPH PHELANSPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photo courtesy of Amar Café The United Kingdom's capital city is home to some rather eclectic destinations. Examples of non-coffee madness include Holy Trinity, a church with a clown museum in its basement, and Crossness, arguably the world's most elegant sewage pumping station.

Barista Magazine
01/04/2021
Coffee in Confinement

An feature on Redemption Roasters, an innovative coffee company that goes into prisons to teach inmates everything they need to know about roasting, preparing and serving coffee.

Cumbria Magazine
03/25/2021
Pushing the Boundaries

An in-depth conversation with outdoor chef Harrison Ward, known locally as the Fell Foodie, about his love of cooking and how it helped him overcome addiction.

Cumbria Magazine
10/27/2020
To Hill and Back

James Forrest, adventurer, writer and Lake District enthusiast, has broken another longstanding record.

Cumbria Magazine
07/22/2021
The lady of the lakes

A discussion with Gilly McArthur, renowned wild swimmer, illustrator, climber, activist and documentary star.