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Science is one thread of culture – and entertainment, including graphic books, can reflect that. 'The Dialogues,' by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017)

New ways scientists can help put science back into popular culture

You might not think much about science topics as part of your everyday life. But science – like art, music, religion – is part of our culture, and scientists can help it reclaim its rightful place.
Introducing rural and indigenous communities to science, through experiments and communication, is vital. Felipe Figueira

Indigenous languages must feature more in science communication

The combination of knowledge and communication, along with a few other fundamental conditions such as liberty and respect , leads to social, cultural and technological development.
X-rays are like light rays, but they can pass through more stuff. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: How do x-rays see inside you?

X-rays are like light rays, but they can pass through more stuff. Some of the x-ray's energy is blocked by bone, which is why you can see bones so clearly on x-ray scans.
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical. Have a nice day Photo/Shutterstock.com

Science communicators must consider short-term objectives while keeping their eyes on the prize

Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
March for Science, Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017. Shutterstock.com

Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time

Why is it so hard to reach consensus about how to slow climate change? Multiple time lags get in the way: some make it hard to convey the risk, while others prolong the search for solutions.
Still from An Inconvenient Truth (2006) (Handout)

An inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth

Eleven years after its release, An Inconvenient Truth, the iconic climate documentary, has spawned a sequel. But did the original do more harm than good by polarizing Americans on climate change?
Former US Vice President and Chair of the Climate Reality Project Al Gore and Victoria’s climate and energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio (right) ride on a tram after speaking at the climate conference in Melbourne. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Costly signals needed to deliver inconvenient truth

Taking inspiration from the spread of world religions, Quentin Atkinson and Shaun Hendy argue scientists need to do more to signal commitment to ideas they want to spread.

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