The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
Electricity is only one of the marvels brought to us by science. But even that’s not enough to convince some of its value.
Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty's new book explores why so many people today selectively reject science, and in the process gives a behind the scenes look at how science really works.
Swing and a miss.
There's no evidence that cloud cover affects bowling at all, but everyone involved with cricket seems to think it does.
A researcher buried in records requests can’t attend to actual science.
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Some activists use open records requests to bully researchers – distracting them from their actual work and silencing others who don't want to draw attention.
A gigantic sunspot almost 130,000 km across captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory on October 23, 2014.
The recent claim that we might enter a mini ice age in 15 years is not only bad science, but it represents a failure of communication by both scientists and journalists.
Sometimes the audience can be a font of illuminating questions.
I sometimes forget that people can feel embarrassed listening to me talk about my research on sperm. But often those same people can also be a source of amazement and inspiration.
Listen up! Your research too could be in the eye of the storm.
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What's behind a plant scientist's research getting reported in over 4,000 media outlets? Here's her post-game analysis.
Australia has a long history of first class science.
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Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Not all scientists are motivated to engage in outreach in the same way.
Science communication and outreach can be motivated in ways other than reforming research funding bodies.
Current research metrics only reward publishing in academic journals and effectively punish publishing in the popular press.
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If we want scientists to spent time sharing their discoveries with the general public, then we need to change research metrics to reward them for their efforts.
An uncertain future for science funding as the federal budget draws closer.
One way to protect researchers from funding cuts in May's budget is to make sure they explain the importance of their work to a wider audience.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is just one scientist celeb who already unofficially does the job of a science laureate.
A bill before congress would create a science laureate position akin to the poet laureate for poetry. But some science stars are already essentially doing the job now.
Not all science demonstrations will appeal to all people.
Most science communication appeals to those who already love science. It's harder, but important, to reach out to the disengaged too.
Workshops that teach scientists about public communication and advocacy are growing in popularity. Career ambition rather than politics appears to be a main motivation behind scientists' desire to engage the public.
At their annual meetings last month, leaders of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) urged their members to advocate on behalf of federal funding for scientific research, actions…
Australia has a wealth of great science communicators, such as Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. But we need even more.
There is a wealth of science communication going on, but it's still not enough.
Science is under attack but we must defend it if we want to improve politics in Australia.
Our nation’s future depends on the quality of its thinking and its leaders. As such, science must be at the core of our national discourse.
Everything is more interesting with colourful lights.
Sometimes it's fine for climate science to be plain old interesting.
A screenshot from one of the most popular science channels on YouTube – but what makes these videos so popular?
Everyone's looking for an audience for their videos on YouTube, and there are plenty of science videos out there. But not all are popular so what makes one more interesting than another?
Scientists are a great knowledge resource – make use of it.
I am an astrophysicist. I run into a lot of people who are extremely curious about space, how it works, or what it is that I study in particular. Many of these questions begin with an apology: “Not to…
Living Data: Evolving Conversations. Exhibition and Forum at the University of Technology Sydney, 2014. Curators: Lisa Roberts and Anita Marosszeky.
We hear so much about the integrity of scientific process and the role of data in driving action on climate change – but what role is there for artists in bringing about changes in understandings? Science…