It’s been a little while since I’ve had one of these published, but it’s good to be back! My latest Nature Education’s Student Voices blog post is up, and it’s on a topic both close and far from my heart: humanity. More specifically, it’s about how boring, biologically, Homo sapiens is as a species compared with the vast array of fascinating creatures that we mostly ignore every day, and if we would just take a second to appreciate them, we might stop putting ourselves up on [...]
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I was lucky enough to have my friend Khalil Cassimally interview me a couple of weeks ago for The SA Incubator, a Scientific American blog that focuses on the next generation of science communicators. Now, the interview is online! Have a read whilst it’s still hot. Or even when it’s not. I doubt it’s going away any time soon.
The interview goes into details about my science communication niche, podcasting, geekiness and my plans for the future. More information about what I think: just [...]
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I realised a few days ago that I barely do any pure science communication on this blog, which saddened me a little given that I’m so passionate about it. I’m all talk and no… non-talk.
So, I’ve resolved to blog more about pure science, which will probably come out as a regular series of Friday posts. But what I want to know from you guys is: what do you want to me [...]
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I’ve been so busy at the moment, preparing for university, reading, listening to music, exercising, indulging the Doctor Who-obsessed part of my brain… that I haven’t done a Monday Science Link in a while. And I’m still busy, so here’s a non-standard one.
Ed Yong runs the excellent science communication blog Not Exactly Rocket Science and a short while ago he put out a lovely list of science blogs that he believes everyone should read. As it turns out, the list was completely composed of female-authored [...]
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Think back to your high school days: how many of your schoolmates were really passionate about science, be it physics, chemistry or biology? Did anyone really care about those subjects, or did they do them because they were forced to by the school or because they needed them to get a higher Year 12 score? The answer is probably “nobody”. It’s rare to see a lot of kids (in my personal experience) actively excited about doing science at high school, seeing themselves in a career in science after [...]
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Yes! This is what the science education system needs! Argh, put it in every textbook in the world!
Today’s science link is the YouTube channel of QualiaSoup.
Science and critical thinking communication can be tough through the medium of text. Sure, you can have a few pictures in there now and again, but the majority of the information must be absorbed through people sitting there and actively reading what has been written. While that’s legitimate and all well and good, it’s obvious that most people would prefer to watch a visually-stimulating and entertaining video than read text, no matter how well written it is.
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Today’s science link is Quora.
Are you all familiar with Formspring and Yahoo Answers, websites where people can ask each other questions? They can be fairly crazy at times, and the answers some people give tend not to be overly accurate. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a more… respectable website, where people could ask more serious, intellectual questions?
Well, it does exist, and it’s called Quora. While it doesn’t deal exclusively with science, it does [...]
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If you read this blog, it’s more than likely that you’re interested in science communication. There’s also a statistically above-average chance that you’re either a student at the University of Melbourne or you know people who are students at the University of Melbourne – so I’ve got an appeal to make to you.
Communicating Science and Technology is a multi-disciplinary breadth subject at the University of Melbourne that aims to equip science and engineering students with the tools and skills they need to communicate their passion for these [...]
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Today science’s link is Exploring Life’s Origins.
Every once in a while you come across an effort at science communication that really knocks you off your feet. Exploring Life’s Origins (ELO) is one such effort. In fact, it’s not accurate to describe it as merely an “effort” – it’s a masterpiece.
In collaboration with Jack Szostak (co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School), Janet Iwasa produced ELO as a way to “use molecular illustration and [...]
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