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By Kirk Englehardt | Tips, tools and advice for sharing science far and wide. #scicomm

Florida residents could soon get the power to alter science classes

NEWS<p>Update 26 February 2018<p>Education bills would allow people who live in the state to review and recommend instructional materials to be used in …

Education

OCEANDOTCOMM: The Opportunity Every Science Communicator Has Dreamed About

LUMCON Photo<p>Take a look at your twitter timeline. Any <i>truly</i> exciting and unique science communication going on? Probably not.<p>Let’s just admit that …

New research shows explaining things to ‘normal’ people can help scientists be better at their jobs

Science communication: it’s not rocket science. <br>Pexels<p>By: Susanne Pelger, <i>Lund University</i><p>In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in …

Fake News

Science communication and social media: from iconic NASA moon landings to Instagramming astronauts

<i>As part of a series previewing their new book,</i> <i>Communicating Your Research with Social Media</i><i>,</i> <i>Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Chris Gilson and Sierra</i> …

Social Media

Climate scientists and policymakers need to trust each other (but not too much)

At a time when the effects of climate change are accelerating and published science overwhelmingly supports the view that humans are responsible for …

Breakthroughs

How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

from http://www.shutterstock.com<p>By: Beth Hewitt<p>Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, …

Social Media

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

A shot of fake news now and your defenses are raised in the future? funnyangel/Shutterstock.com.<p>As a psychologist researching misinformation, I focus …

Critical Thinking

SciComm: How much humor is too much?

<b>By Tyler Berrigan, BS, Freelance STEM and Education Writer</b><p>We all love to laugh.<p>Whether it be a funny viral video or the farcical antics of a friend, …

Science Is Dry, Obscure, Complex? Well, It Makes for Great Comedy

Jackie Faherty hates when brown dwarfs — astronomical objects with masses outweighing those of planets — are called “failed stars.”<p>“Why are we so presumptuous that you want to be a star?” she asked during a live taping of the podcast “You’re the Expert” at the new performance space Caveat on …

Top ten tips: Reporting on science

<b>The BBC's science correspondent Pallab Ghosh gives students his top 10 tips for reporting on science stories.</b><p><b>1. Ask yourself: Why is the story important?</b> It's part of BBC News' philosophy that the "why?" is as important as the "who, what, where and when" in a news story.<p>This is particularly …

The power of science communication

Samantha Yammine works as a science communicator to educate the public. Photo by SYLVIA ALMEIDA, courtesy of SAMANTHA YAMMINE<p>Samantha Yammine is a …

Social Media

Alda Center Responds to Increased Demand for Improvisation-Based Science Communication Training

<b>Alda Center Conducts International Workshops and Expands Capacity with New Faculty and Staff</b><p>Faculty and staff of the Alda Center<p>The Alan Alda Center …

Stony Brook University

Wikipedia shapes language in science papers

Experiment traces how online encyclopaedia influences research write-ups.<p>Wikipedia is one of the world's most popular websites, but scientists rarely …

Scientists challenge stereotypes with selfies

Hundreds of researchers have posted on social media pictures of themselves doing their work in a bid to challenge gender and race stereotypes.<p>The …

People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated

As arguments about climate change heat up, don’t underestimate your opponent.<p>It turns out that people who are the furthest apart in their views on a …

George Mason

A Nobel Doesn’t Make You an Expert: Lessons in Science and Spin

In this excerpt from her new book, ‘Making Sense of Science,’ a longtime journalist shares hard-won insights in teasing out substance from hype.<p>In …

Science

Involving non-academic partners at all relevant stages of the research process can drive knowledge and understanding

At a time when some audiences and commentators seem intent not simply to resist academic knowledge but to discredit it, the perception of academic …

How To Explain Climate Science To That Person Who Just Won't Listen

We all know someone who is dismissive of climate science. We all have friends or family members who think they know more about global warming than …

Climate Change

Covering climate change: journalism's biggest and most difficult story, ever

<b>Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and</b> …

Journalism

Considering Community: The Connect-Align-Produce network model for social-impact networks

<i>Social in silico includes a series of occasional posts focused on community management tips and related information. I’m tagging these Considering</i> …

History shows that stacking federal science advisory committees doesn't work

Scientists are busy people, but every year thousands donate many hours of their time without payment to advise Congress and federal government …

EPA

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Nature

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop pseudoscience winning?

Goop has been called out for bullshit over and over. But the brand seems to be stronger than ever.<p>On an alarmingly regular basis, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company Goop publishes new morsels of health bullshit.<p>And as the Goop website has emerged as a reliably laughable source of pseudoscience, a …

Harvard Business School

The scientist and the journalist: keystones of democracy

If you’re a dictator, journalism is a threat. If your business-as-usual suits you but is harming others, science is a threat. If you want to hide the …

Book Review: Communicating Your Research With Social Media: A Practical Guide to Using Blogs, Podcasts, Data Visualisations and Video by Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Chris Gilson and Sierra Williams

With Communicating Your Research with Social Media: A Practical Guide to Using Blogs, Podcasts, Data Visualisations and Video, authors Amy Mollett, …

Does Being a Nice Personable Scientist Make Sense in Trump's America?

There has been huge debate in online science circles around the publication of "The Uninhabitable Earth" by <i>New York Magazine</i>. The article itself is …

Seattle

What Advocacy Marketing Professionals Can Learn from Bill Nye the Science Guy

I can still hear in my head the refrain from one of the best TV shows of the ’90s: Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Nye the Science Guy!<p>The show was a …

Content Marketing

Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow. Science will always beat goopy junk

<i>Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of</i> Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash <i>(Penguin, 2015).</i><p>Gwyneth Paltrow and her online company, Goop, have become a punchline used …