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A shot of fake news now and your defenses are raised in the future? funnyangel/Shutterstock.com.

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

Does science have an answer to science denial? Just as being vaccinated protects you from a later full-blown infection, a bit of misinformation explained could help ward off other cases down the road.
Will Bill Nye’s new show find a wider audience than Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ did? Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Can Bill Nye – or any other science show – really save the world?

Popular programming that focuses on science tends to not actually be all that popular. Bringing in new audiences who aren't already up to speed on science topics is a challenge.
Um, you figured out what by doing which? Woman image via www.shutterstock.com.

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?
The language that’s spoken in science classrooms is very different to every day English – even mother tongue English speakers may struggle because of this. From www.shutterstock.com

Helping learners become fluent in the language of science classrooms

We view school science as largely a practical subject, but pupils must understand the language of science – which is often very different from every day language – if they are to excel.
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.
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.
Everyone needs to understand the basics of science to participate fully in the democratic process. Conversation image via www.shutterstock.com.

To seek common ground on life’s big questions, we need science literacy

Science isn’t important only to scientists or those who profess an interest in it. Whether you find fascinating every new discovery reported or you stopped taking science in school as soon as you could…

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