Science communication

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If someone is spouting pseudo-science, should scientists risk legitimising them by getting into a debate with them? Shutterstock

Should scientists engage with pseudo-science or anti-science?

Some scientists refuse to debate or appear with those they consider to be unscientific. But is this the best approach to combat anti-science narratives?
This is what happens when science writing gets too turgid. Shutterstock

How not to write about science

Science can be fascinating and exciting. But much science writing is dull and obscure. Here are some of the tricks scientists often use to suck the joy out of science.
Um, you figured out what by doing which? Woman image via

They won a Nobel for what? Why good science communication counts

Nobel Prize-winning science is almost by definition arcane and complex. While these esoteric fields have their moment in the spotlight, does it matter if the rest of us understand?
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.

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