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Electricity is only one of the marvels brought to us by science. But even that’s not enough to convince some of its value. Michael Wyszomierski/Flickr

What has science ever done for us? The Knowledge Wars, reviewed

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.
A researcher buried in records requests can’t attend to actual science. Man image via

Activists misuse open records requests to harass researchers

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.
Listen up! Your research too could be in the eye of the storm. thomas koch /

Five things I learned when my research went viral

What's behind a plant scientist's research getting reported in over 4,000 media outlets? Here's her post-game analysis.
Current research metrics only reward publishing in academic journals and effectively punish publishing in the popular press. Tobias von der Haar/Flickr

We need to stop punishing scientists for talking to the public

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.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is just one scientist celeb who already unofficially does the job of a science laureate. John Roling

Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

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. Melanie Davies/Flickr

Engaging the disengaged with science

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. SISSA

Inside America’s science lobby: What motivates AAAS members 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…
Science is under attack but we must defend it if we want to improve politics in Australia. Victoria University

We must defend science if we want a prosperous future

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.
A screenshot from one of the most popular science channels on YouTube – but what makes these videos so popular? YouTube/AsapScience

What makes a popular science video on YouTube

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?

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