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How conflict framing and social identity affect public opinion
Colvin and co-authors conduct an experimental survey to gauge how media headlines with different levels of conflict framing affect public opinion in the case of land use change.
Non-Western and indigenous knowledges in science communication
Existing accounts of science communication history are largely Eurocentric and Western. Orthia argues that science communication should foster diverse expertise and develop deeper cross-cultural connections.
The apocalypse is nigh – Hyped up headlines and climate change
The disaster narrative grabs attention easily but fails to create motivation for action or genuine engagement.
Highlighting the need for conservation: the power of Douglas Adams
In early March, the 13th Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture was presented by the New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, who spoke on the enduring and timeless nature of Adams’ work. In his opening address, Gaiman said, “I would classify Douglas as a genius because he saw things differently and he was capable of communicating the wayContinue reading “Highlighting the need for conservation: the power of Douglas Adams”
On ‘scienceyness’ and public trust
At the beginning of February, Scott Adams posted on his blog Dilbert about “Science’s Biggest Fail“. The issue, said Adams, is that science has lost its credibility in the public because uncertainty over when science is ‘done’. Scott Adams, “Science isn’t about being right every time, or even most of the time. It is aboutContinue reading “On ‘scienceyness’ and public trust”
Science art: The Wellcome Image Awards
Did you know that the Wellcome Trust, a London-based charity dedicated to supporting the “brightest minds” in science, the humanities and social sciences, runs an annual competition called the Wellcome Image Awards? No? That’s alright, neither did I. The Wellcome Image Awards showcases the best in science imaging and techniques. With the winners due toContinue reading “Science art: The Wellcome Image Awards”
Science, fantasy and everything in between – A Terry Pratchett world
As timing would have it, I had just finished the Science of Discworld II when I heard that Terry Pratchett had passed away. Pratchett gave us the fantasy series Discworld, a science fantasy world based on quantum theory in Long Earth and Good Omens, a memorable novel written in collaboration with Neil Gaiman. If thatContinue reading “Science, fantasy and everything in between – A Terry Pratchett world”
Shark tales: on cage diving
Internet hype gives us a chance to look into the ethics of cage diving with sharks
A war of perceptions on GMOs
In a war of perceptions, how do you know which experts are providing the ‘right’ information?