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Scientific ideas can get lost in forests of words that lack structure and overuse complex language. Just like Sleeping Beauty, they need rescuing.
Rising tides move closer to the dunes in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
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Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
Australian scientists were in the spotlight at the 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
The 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners include astrophysicist and science communicator Alan Duffy and the citizen science app QuestaGame.
Kindling interest might be better than filling people with facts.
The scientific community always wants more cash to fund research. A new study examines whether more concrete knowledge of science or more general interest in it is likelier to loosen the pursestrings.
The Conversation publishes analysis and stories written by academics with a current university affiliation.
If you already write for The Conversation, thank you! But less than 30% of story pitches to our Science and Technology section come from women.
‘Clotted’ by Eli Moore reveals microscopic details of red blood cells in a clot, and was the winning entry in the 2018 UniSA Images of Research competition.
Images taken out of a research context and shared with the public offer a way to connect scientists with the broader world – and vice versa. These photos are stunning examples.
SCI + POP is a new social media project that circulates images to communicate research findings and provides commentary on science and health policy.
There are many reasons why scientists collaborating with artists makes sense, now more than ever.
Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, even though many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children.
Vaccines have long been considered safe, but many people still believe they are not. A new study shows that people who think they know more than medical experts are more likely to believe that vaccine are not safe.
Life in the human herd is complex, and we are unavoidably inter-dependent when it comes to our health. Population health science looks at the things that cause ill-health in the first place.
A scene from the short film KCLOC.
What does time really mean? What if you could play with time? And what if we lived in a world without fungi? Some of the questions posed by filmmakers exploring the world of science.
The colour of gold nanoparticles in suspension varies according to the size of the nanoparticles.
Nanotechnology brings together multiple science disciplines to create devices that mimic the refinements of nature. It’s difficult – and exhilarating.
A diversity of voices is important in science communication.
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Scientists can be powerful influencers and role models. So there's reason for concern when the same names and faces dominate coverage and visibility.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing.
Facts will only get you so far when it comes to climate change. To get conservatives on side, climate communicators must focus on the values conservatives hold dear, such as preserving the status quo.
Could seeing things in black-and-white terms influence people’s views on scientific questions?
Why do some people reject scientifically accepted ideas? A psychotherapist points to black-and-white thinking as part of the explanation.
The first March for Science, April 22, 2017, Washington DC.
On the eve of the March for Science, a marine biologist explains why she's returning from abroad to speak out for science in the Trump era.
One of the authors speaking at the 2017 March for Science.
Four scientists talk through the ways they now build outreach into their work as a way to spread their research's impact – something that wasn't the norm for past generations of academics.
March for Science in Portland, Oregon, April 22, 2017.
The March for Science on April 14 and Earth Day on April 22 are likely to generate big crowds demonstrating against Trump administration policies. Here are some issues they'll be marching about.
Academic writing is so different from the spoken word.
Never underestimate a person with dyslexia - the skills and strategies they've developed to survive academia can be the right fit for effective communication.
Some information on the climate has been obscured.
Despite scientists' initial concerns, federal climate change data sets are still available. But other documents and web pages have changed over the last year.
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Spring, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
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Despite strong evidence that human activities have altered the climate, not everyone sees the risks. New research explains why some people seem blind to the signs of climate change.