December is the month when most people look back on their year – but I think it’s just about not too late to share some of my highlights from 2014 and hopes for 2015. So, here goes, in no particular order:
I spent the first weeks of December in Lima, where I travelled [...]
A couple of weeks ago I came across a Wellcome Trust blog post by Kathryn Lougheed, a microbiologist who writes entertainingly about her experience (through the British Science Association’s media fellowship scheme) of spending a few weeks at Nature News [...]
On July 25th Nature published a commentary by science writer Trevor Quirk, who called for the use of jargon in science communication because it captures the complexity and specificity of scientific concepts. The article challenges writers and the public to let go of their fear of jargon.
If you’ve tried to read a story through the news page of this website over the past few weeks, you would’ve seen that the links no longer take you through to the full text.
I’m now beginning to correct this by making the full stories available in PDF format. But the [...]
Perhaps a particular group of superbugs has been getting an unfair share of the spotlight over the past few months…
The headlines began last August, when a study reported the emergence of bacteria that can resist carbapenems – a type of antibiotic given to patients once other drugs have failed. These bacteria withstand the treatment [...]
A feature article published in Nature this week chronicles how public opinion about climate change has changed and what climate scientists are considering as a response to the recent controversies – chiefly, strategies for better communication and consideration of public input. A Nature editorial also published [...]
On June 9th the Guardian’s science website launched the ‘story tracker’, an experimental attempt to track reactions to and analysis of major science news stories in the days and weeks after they are published on the site. The idea is to bridge the gap between how scientists tend to communicate [...]
Predicted impacts of climate change on health range from heat stroke to famine. A framework published in December now sheds light on the largely overlooked area of mental health by tracing at least three “causal pathways”.
Before getting into more details on this, I should mention the recent disputes of evidence behind climate change predictions. [...]
The fallout from the recent debate in the UK about reclassification of illegal drugs has a lot to do with politics, but I’m wondering instead whether it tells us anything about how science is used and perceived.
For those not familiar with the incident:
In late October the UK government dismissed the chair of the [...]