This October 30th marks the 76th anniversary of Orson Welles's famous broadcast of The War of the Worlds, which was so realistic that it caused thousands of people to panic, fearing that the dramatized news bulletins of a Martian invasion were real.
Wikipedia recalls the event this way:
The program's news-bulletin format was described as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers (which had lost advertising revenue to radio) and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the
One of the frustrations of covering the Deepwater Horizon spill back in 2010 was the fact that biologists couldn't immediately assess the extent of the ecological damage and it was hard for them to venture a guess. After all, no one had ever spilled that much oil offshore. And the oil was not spilled over the surface but injected deep underwater.
Those studying the communities at the bottom of the Gulf said it would take years to assess the true extent of the damage.
And now here
Correction: In an earlier version of this post I implied people were invited. I stand corrected. The summit was open and promoted on Twitter. And among the many organizers, I left out Deborah Blum and Tom Levenson.
Women outnumber men in science writing programs, but we are still outnumbered in actual science writing. According to data gathered by graduate students Karen Hess and Aparna Vidyasagar, only 35 percent of technology stories and 38 percent of science stories from major news
Over the last few months, I’ve seen a few efforts proposed to better connect universities to local community research needs. While whole practices and skill sets around participatory action research, community-based research, etc., exist, these don’t quite meet the need these recent proposals attempt to address. These proposals are not talking one faculty research program implementing […]