Ben Goldacre says that greater transparency on research findings could increase the public’s faith in essential medicines.
Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about how bad research hurts us all.
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Darren Saunders speaks with Bad Pharma author Ben Goldacre about bad medical research reporting, and how greater transparency in research practices could improve public trust in science and medicine.
There’s growing pressure for academics to get outside their comfort zones and to share their research with the broader public.
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Academics are getting out of touch with the rest of society. This helps explains the sorry state of our public discourse on science.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
Science communication puts research under the microscope.
Science communication has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 60 years. It plays a crucial role in democratising science and making it less mysterious.
Shouting past each other online doesn’t help.
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Social media is a great way to spread science information, fast. But the online echo chamber isn't always good at separating what's valid from what's not, and being prolific doesn't make you right.
Scientists themselves may be the key to finding the right balance.
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The public loses when their only choices are inaccessible, impenetrable journal articles or overhyped click-bait about science. Scientists themselves need to step up and help bridge the divide.
Scientists need to learn how to hit other communication goals.
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Broader goals like building trust, fostering excitement about science and influencing policy decisions don't necessarily just fall into place when researchers focus only on describing their work.
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In a world of blogs, twitter and open data, scientists need to think again about how they'd communicate a discovery of alien life.
People get suspicious when ethically fraught science is discussed behind closed doors.
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A recent closed meeting about building synthetic genomes raised suspicions about just what scientists were planning, away from the public eye.
Printer George Howe shows the first edition of the Sydney Gazette to Governor Philip Gidley King, in a feature window at the Mitchell Library.
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What science issues did Australia's first newspaper - edited by a convict - discuss in its letter pages? The same ones we talk about today: the environment, education and health.
So many questions on climate change.
Research showing that more than 90% of climate scientists agree that we’re causing global warming prompted plenty of questions. And the authors are only too happy to answer.
There’s a lot of incentive to hype scientific findings but in the end nobody wins. Overselling findings can undermine the authority of scientists as well as the credibility of the sources and ultimately deceive or even endanger the public.
Sometimes scientists, the media and the general public inadvertently conspire to oversell science, and that is bad for us all.
An overwhelming majority of those in the know believe coal fired power, such as from this Victorian plant, are contributing to global warming.
A new study confirms that 97% of publishing climate scientists believe humans are causing global warming.
Sometimes science needs to look at the bigger picture in order to best influence public policy.
Science is about more than protons, genes and neurons. Sometimes a bigger picture can help us make better decisions when it comes to public policy.
Alan Alda has a passion for talking about science.
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Everyone loves to hear a story, says actor Alan Alda, and that's what every scientists should learn if they are to better communicate their work to a wider audience.
If someone is spouting pseudo-science, should scientists risk legitimising them by getting into a debate with them?
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?
Extra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it.
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Sometimes big research news bypasses the usual scientific publishing process. Here's why that's not good for scientists or the public.
Some people just refuse to believe in climate change no matter what the science says.
No matter how much evidence scientists present in support of climate change there are those who refuse to believe it. They think it's all part of the consprarcy theory.
This is what happens when science writing gets too turgid.
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.
Media savvy researchers see television as a particularly useful way to reach new audiences.
A former dean of Sydney University’s Faculty of Medicine, where I work, once appointed me to a role where I was to try and increase the news media profile of our staff’s research and to encourage them…