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April 24, 2015

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6:53 PM | President Obama and Bill Nye Talk Science and Politics
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April 23, 2015

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1:30 PM | Less benefit, more risk. Our assumptions about health treatments are probably wrong.
I’m a health professional, but sometimes a patient as well. And like most patients, I generally don’t want health decisions being made without my input. Yes, I want the best medical information, and the advice of medical professionals, but ultimately I want to make my own decisions about my care. That’s the norm in health […]

April 22, 2015

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11:35 PM | Earth Day 2015: 7 #BLACKandSTEM Environmental Scientists you should follow today
1. Dr. Dawn Wright Dr. Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. Her research... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:15 PM | Linking Up: Making Every Day Earth Day
By Tom Burke, Ph.D. Today marks my first Earth Day as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. This is the one day of the year when people around the world unite to celebrate our planet, and I’m thrilled to be at a place where strengthening the links between a healthy […]

April 21, 2015

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1:15 PM | Maybe climate science news makes a difference?
Study suggests science news affects opinions despite culture war.

April 20, 2015

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5:09 PM | Communicating science and ocean currents – an interesting mix
This week I had a couple of guest posts at Canadian Science Publishing and on Science Borealis. 1. Scientists Must Communicate! But How? This post provides a list of seven ways in which you can communicate your science, from small local events to multi-day workshops. Multiple links throughout connect you to a range of resources…
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8:52 AM | Academic challenge
Bright Club is a variety night of entertainment combining light-hearted research talks from academics and performances from professional comedians. It has been running for several years now across various venues around the UK and recently made the leap to Dublin. Off the back of some grade-A flattery that pandered perfectly to my ego, I agreed to get involved as an academic for the April show. Although being comfortable with lecturing and presenting my science, I have no experience in comedy, […]
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4:07 AM | April 16, 2015: Editing Chaos!!!
The last session was… chaotic. Yoyo qualified for the National Science Fair (yay!) so we had to help edit her 16-page paper down to 5 pages (boo).Jenny, Lauren and I frantically tried to help her as much as we could. We ended up practicing how to edit papers, which is useful because our own scientific papers […]

April 18, 2015

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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]

April 17, 2015

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7:17 PM | The SCICOMM 25 (4.17.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list. @PLOS creates a new blog to 'explore the […]
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7:17 PM | The SCICOMM 25 (4.17.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list. @PLOS creates a new blog to 'explore the […]
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6:00 PM | Meet the (Research) Press Release Police
If you follow science communication, you’ve seen countless stories discussing the issue of hype in science reporting. Some of the articles and blog posts blame journalists for sensationalizing stories, while others point a finger squarely at university communications offices. One thing’s for sure, there’s enough blame to go around and everyone deserves some of it. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of the criticism leveled at university communicators. But I […]
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6:00 PM | Meet the (Research) Press Release Police
If you follow science communication, you’ve seen countless stories discussing the issue of hype in science reporting. Some of the articles and blog posts blame journalists for sensationalizing stories, while others point a finger squarely at university communications offices. One thing’s for sure, there’s enough blame to go around and everyone deserves some of it. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of the criticism leveled at university communicators. But I […]
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3:00 PM | Communicate Your Science Competition Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Zakaria Ghazoui, the winner of the first ever Communicate Your Science Video Competition 2015. Zakaria is a PhD student at the Institute des Sciences de le Terre (ISTerre) in France, and has been investigating Himalayan lakes using sediment cores. Here is his video, Inside Himalayan Lakes:

April 16, 2015

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2:41 AM | Don’t Abandon the Passive Voice in Scientific Writing for the Sake of Storytelling
If you’ve written a scientific paper recently, I’m willing to bet that, during the writing/editing process, someone told you to avoid writing in the passive voice (unless you’d already heard this advice before, and avoided it from the start!). This … Continue reading →

April 15, 2015

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4:51 PM | Ask our authors anything: new PLOS ‘AMA’ series debuts on redditscience
PLOS, in conjunction with reddit, is pleased to announce the April 22 launch of ‘PLOS Science Wednesday’ a weekly Ask Me Anything (AMA) series featuring PLOS authors in live chats on redditscience (/r/science), the popular online gathering place for researchers, students and others interested in … Continue reading »The post Ask our authors anything: new PLOS ‘AMA’ series debuts on redditscience appeared first on The Official PLOS […]
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2:31 PM | Defining Impact: Here’s What You Said About It!
Kirk Englehardt is asking scientists and science communicators how they define impact, from publication impact to broader impacts. Share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #whatisimpact.
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2:31 PM | Defining Impact: Here’s What You Said About It!
Kirk Englehardt is asking scientists and science communicators how they define impact, from publication impact to broader impacts. Share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #whatisimpact.
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2:00 PM | Science books on T-shirts and bags!
Litographs is a company that sells T-shirts, tote bags, and posters based on books in the public domain. Each print has an image related to the story, and the “pixels” of the image are formed by letters in the original text. If you look close enough, you can read them!...

April 13, 2015

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6:13 PM | How conveniently can you package your results?
A couple of weeks ago, Mike sent me a link to this interview with ecologist James O’Hanlon, who made this poster (borrowed from this post on O’Hanlon’s blog): We had a short email exchange which quickly converged on, “This would work well for some projects, but not for others.” That’s the same conclusion I came […]
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12:14 PM | How Do You Define Impact? (#whatisimpact)
Let's put our heads together and define 'impact'. How do you define it? What is impact? Is it a result? Is it influence? What do you think it is? I've yet to meet a person who doesn't want to have an impact. There are some who are clear about the impact they want to achieve, and they have methods in place to measure it. There are many others, however, who confuse impact with activity. And often there is a clear... Read more
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12:14 PM | How Do You Define Impact? (#whatisimpact)
Let's put our heads together and define 'impact'. How do you define it? What is impact? Is it a result? Is it influence? What do you think it is? I've yet to meet a person who doesn't want to have an impact. There are some who are clear about the impact they want to achieve, and they have methods in place to measure it. There are many others, however, who confuse impact with activity. And often there is a clear... Read more
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12:00 PM | You’ve got mail! And everything else. What’s a science blogger to do?
by Kimberly Moynahan Science in Society subject editor Yup, those were the days. Dialing in. Enduring hours of busy signal. Waiting interminably for the connection. Peering hopefully at the little AOL mailbox, wishing…wishing … wishing for …yes! The red flag’s up! “You’ve got mail!” Okay, those weren’t really the days. The online world was frustratingly slow and, for most of us, was confined to little gated communities like AOL. There you could […]
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5:23 AM | Here’s a Stupid Question
“You are in a boat directly over the Mariana Trench. If you drop a 7kg bowling ball over the side, how long would it take to hit the bottom?” How would you answer this silly question? Well, if you’re Randall Munroe, you give it some serious thought, do some research and calculations, and then answer the […]

April 12, 2015

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9:36 PM | Strange Myths About the Brain: True or False?
We’ve all heard the claims: either you’re “right-brained” or “left-brained”, and you can only use 10% of your brain. But is there any scientific truth to these myths, or can they be easily debunked? Let’s take a closer look… The claim: “Left-brained” people are more logical, while “right-brained” people are more creative As an art […]

April 11, 2015

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10:47 PM | Denying Science – Not just for Republicans.
In an interview with Newsday’s editorial board, a smiling, jovial, open-palmed Lee Zeldin gave us his views on Climate Change. His views were based not on science, but instead opened with a statement about the economy: “I don’t support a tax on carbon. I do believe it is important for all of us to be […]
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