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Thinking about audience, context, and purpose
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Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about environmental issues when couched in terms of fending off threats to 'purity'

Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about environmental issues when couched in terms of fending off threats to 'purity' | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change, deforestation and toxic waste, the assumption has been that conservative views on these topics are intractable.
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ScienceOnline2012 – interview with Sarah Webb | ScienceOnline

ScienceOnline2012 – interview with Sarah Webb | ScienceOnline | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
I'm a science journalist, but I came to science writing and journalism about 10 years ago while I was a chemistry Ph.D. student at Indiana University. Though I finished, I went straight into journalism internships after I defended ...
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Professional Communication and Translation Studies, 8th International Conference, 4-5 April, Timisoara

The 8th edition of the conference focuses on Communicating Science in the Knowledge-Based Society. We aim to highlight the contribution of humanities and social sciences to the development and promotion of the results of scientific and technological innovation in a globalized world, where they play a vital role for social progress. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Communication and public relations; Linguistics; Translation studies; and Foreign language teaching. For more information please visit the conference page http://www.cls.upt.ro/cercetare/manifestari-stiintifice/conferinte/conferences/2013 or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalCommunicationAndTranslationStudies .

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Thank you, Daniel D., for this helpful post.

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mistersugar.com: An interview with Bora Zivkovic

mistersugar.com: An interview with Bora Zivkovic | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
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Zivkovic is the Blogs Editor at Scientific American.  Nice perspective on science writing and description of ScienceOnline. Slivovitz, what is in the box in this photo, is plum brandy.

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Wedge Issue: Climate Researchers Debate an Iconic Climate Study - ScienceInsider

Wedge Issue: Climate Researchers Debate an Iconic Climate Study - ScienceInsider | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
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The Worst Scientific Mistakes, Missteps and Misdeeds of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com

The Worst Scientific Mistakes, Missteps and Misdeeds of 2012 | Wired Science | Wired.com | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
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NABJ Proposal: Science 101 for Journalists or So, You want to be a Science Writer? | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network

NABJ Proposal: Science 101 for Journalists or So, You want to be a Science Writer? | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Still a little groggy from my return from Africa, I came across a serendipitously came across a tweet - A Call for Proposals for the 2013 ...
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Science publishing: Open access must enable open use : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Science publishing: Open access must enable open use : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Those wishing to maximize the benefits of public research must require more than free access, says Cameron Neylon [mdash] they must facilitate reuse.
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What do you make of non-open-access journals weighing in on this? I was surprised this article wasn't behind the paywall.
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Re-thinking the way colleges teach critical thinking - Scientific American (blog)

Re-thinking the way colleges teach critical thinking - Scientific American (blog) | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Scientific American (blog)Re-thinking the way colleges teach critical thinkingScientific American (blog)The combination of science writing and education has influenced my approach to both, which share a common, overarching goal: to reach out to...
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History's biggest scientific fraud goes under the microscope

History's biggest scientific fraud goes under the microscope | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
It's a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed missing link in human evolution that went undetected for decades.
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Piltdown Man:  a classic in rogue science communication.

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Is the scientific literature self-correcting? : Nature News Blog

Is the scientific literature self-correcting? : Nature News Blog | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
A session on scientific reproducibility today quickly became a discussion about perverse incentives. Robust research takes more time and complicates otherwise compelling stories.
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NIH Considers Anonymity for Grant Applicants - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

NIH Considers Anonymity for Grant Applicants - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
The agency may start a pilot program that would require reviewers to evaluate grant applications without knowing who had submitted them.
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The Design of Science: 10 Great Research Graphics | Wired Science | Wired.com

The Design of Science: 10 Great Research Graphics | Wired Science | Wired.com | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Scientific figures and graphs are uncelebrated and utilitarian, a means to an end, unnoticed by graphics gurus and information designers -- but some stand out. They're the scientific world's folk art.
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Peer review matters to the public

Peer review matters to the public | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
A new guide to peer review has just been launched to help the public make sense of research claims. People are bombarded with claims in newspapers and on the internet that are based on scientific studies.
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Martin Krzywinski on How Graphics Can Save Lives

Martin Krzywinski on How Graphics Can Save Lives | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
The bioinformatics expert says scientists should be trained in effective visual communication
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The periodic table of Twitter

The periodic table of Twitter | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
So, you’re a chemist and you’ve finally decided to find out what all the fuss is about with this thing called Twitter. You decide to sign up, but, for whatever reason, you don’t f...
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Fraudster Blog Author Outed and Comes Clean - ScienceInsider

Fraudster Blog Author Outed and Comes Clean - ScienceInsider | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
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Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR

Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery.
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Gestures are an important mode of communication.

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Nature Chemistry by the numbers – 2012 : The Sceptical Chymist

Nature Chemistry by the numbers – 2012 : The Sceptical Chymist | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
As 2012 is winding down, I thought I’d take a look back at volume 4 of the journal. This isn’t a terribly in-depth analysis, and it’s based on what we’ve published rather than what was submitted, but you might find it a little bit interesting.
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Using Worldle to communicate "weighting" of chemistry words in Nature Chemisty article for 2012.

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Umami and Human Happiness: How Powerful is the Fifth Flavor? | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network

Umami and Human Happiness: How Powerful is the Fifth Flavor? | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Although glutamate was discovered in 1908, it wasn't until the 1980s that it came to be described as 'umami', the fifth flavor. It is a ...
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Science documentary parody:  subtle and instructive.  Enjoy.

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What were the top papers of 2012 on social media? : Nature News Blog

What were the top papers of 2012 on social media? : Nature News Blog | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
One of the promises of altmetrics – an approach to measuring attention on research papers that relies on alternative measures to citations, such as downloads, social media mentions, and collections in online libraries – is that it could provide an...
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Alan Alda's Challenge to Scientists: What is Time? - KUHF-FM

Alan Alda's Challenge to Scientists: What is Time? - KUHF-FM | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Alan Alda's Challenge to Scientists: What is Time?KUHF-FMAlan Alda founded The Flame Challenge last year to promote better science communication, and he started by asking scientists to come up with a kid-friendly explanation for a flame.
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Independent labs to verify high-profile papers

Independent labs to verify high-profile papers | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Reproducibility Initiative aims to speed up preclinical research.
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Does seeing Earth from space alter your perspective? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

40th anniversary of the "Blue Marble" photograph, a film based on interviews with five astronauts.

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Does Scientific Research Need a Purpose? - Science Careers - Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Faculty, Postdoc jobs on Science Careers

Does Scientific Research Need a Purpose? - Science Careers - Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Faculty, Postdoc jobs on Science Careers | Communicating Science Clearly | Scoop.it
Not all research is easily justified—but what do you do when you can't even justify it to yourself?
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