Science & Mass Media
Follow
Find
671 views | +0 today
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
onto Science & Mass Media
Scoop.it!

How to Read About Science

How to Read About Science | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it

"Readers can’t expect science writing to provide simple answers to complex questions; in fact, they should be skeptical of any piece that claims to do so."If you took to heart the recent cover story in The Economist, “How Science Goes Wrong,” you might be tempted throw your hands up and stop reading about scientific research entirely. The piece describes how scientists often fail to reproduce some of the most frequently cited findings in their fields, calling their conclusions into question. Science writers have also come under fire recently, most notably Malcolm Gladwell, who according to critics in the The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among others, cherry-picks research to fit his thesis and hangs major arguments on poorly replicated studies in his latest book, David and Goliath. 17
inShareMore(ginnerobot/flickr)

If you took to heart the recent cover story in The Economist, “How Science Goes Wrong,” you might be tempted throw your hands up and stop reading about scientific research entirely. The piece describes how scientists often fail to reproduce some of the most frequently cited findings in their fields, calling their conclusions into question. Science writers have also come under fire recently, most notably Malcolm Gladwell, who according to critics in the The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among others, cherry-picks research to fit his thesis and hangs major arguments on poorly replicated studies in his latest book, David and Goliath.

17
inShareMore(ginnerobot/flickr)

If you took to heart the recent cover story in The Economist, “How Science Goes Wrong,” you might be tempted throw your hands up and stop reading about scientific research entirely. The piece describes how scientists often fail to reproduce some of the most frequently cited findings in their fields, calling their conclusions into question. Science writers have also come under fire recently, most notably Malcolm Gladwell, who according to critics in the The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among others, cherry-picks research to fit his thesis and hangs major arguments on poorly replicated studies in his latest book, David and Goliath.

more...
No comment yet.
Science & Mass Media
Science communication
Curated by Andrea Naranjo
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Sensationalism of Science: Is Japan’s Fuji in a “Critical State” for an Eruption? | Science Blogs | WIRED

Sensationalism of Science: Is Japan’s Fuji in a “Critical State” for an Eruption? | Science Blogs | WIRED | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Mt. Fuji might be gearing up for an eruption, but can we really trace it back to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Data journalism could use a jolt of data science, too

Data journalism could use a jolt of data science, too | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
The Nieman Journalism Lab published a thoughtful critique of data journalism on Wednesday, but there are additional things the emerging space could do live up to its hype, including getting more creative about where writers source their data.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Pulitzer Prize-winner to head Knight Science Journalism at MIT

Pulitzer Prize-winner to head Knight Science Journalism at MIT | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

How much science in new Planet of the Apes film?

How much science in new Planet of the Apes film? | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Brazil and Other Big Players Lead in South American Science

Brazil and Other Big Players Lead in South American Science | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Despite myriad problems in many countries, pockets of excellence thrive in Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Science Blogging Versus Science Journalism

I have spent the last few days at a School of Science Journalism in the pleasant town of Erice, in western Sicily. The school, held at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, brought together science communicators, freelance writers, magazine editors and press office consultants to listen to a small set of lectures, which this year (the fifth of the school) centered on the topic of "the digital world".

I contributed to the lessons with a 1-hour seminar titled "Science Blogging versus Science Journalism". I do not particularly like the title of my presentation, which was offered by the organizers, as I do not see the two activities in competition with each other much. Hence I tried to organize my lecture as a discussion of things that science journalist wannabes could be interested to hear, from a scientist who has been blogging for 10 years and has picked up some tricks and lessons along the way.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Africa: Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel

Africa: Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Four teenage girls who used urine as a source of hydrogen to power a generator are a long way from solving our energy challenge, but scientists are working on more sophisticated variations of the same idea.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

10 Pseudo-Science Theories We'd Like to See Retired Forever

10 Pseudo-Science Theories We'd Like to See Retired Forever | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Pseudo-science theories are a little like puppies. They're fun, fluffy things to talk about, and most of the time they're harmless. Sometimes, however, they get big, mean, aggressive, and have to be put down. Here are a few pseudo-science theories that need the Old Yeller treatment.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Andrea Naranjo from Public Datasets - Open Data -
Scoop.it!

The GDELT Project: realtime network diagram and database of global human society for open research | #opendata

The GDELT Project: realtime network diagram and database of global human society for open research | #opendata | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
The GDELT Project

Via luiy
more...
luiy's curator insight, June 7, 3:50 PM

The GDELT Project is a realtime network diagram and database of global human society for open research Watching The Entire World

GDELT monitors the world's news media from nearly every corner of every country in print, broadcast, and web formats, in over 100 languages, every moment of every day.

 


Global Reach

 

GDELT monitors print, broadcast, and web news media in over 100 languages from across every country in the world to keep continually updated on breaking developments anywhere on the planet. Its historical archives stretch back to January 1, 1979 and update daily (soon to be every 15 minutes). Through its ability to leverage the world's collective news media, GDELT moves beyond the focus of the Western media towards a far more global perspective on what's happening and how the world is feeling about it.

 

 

Querying, Analyzing and Downloading

 

The entire GDELT database is 100% free and open and you can
download the raw datafiles, visualize it using the GDELT Analysis Service, or analyze it at limitless scale with Google BigQuery.

 

Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Biologists Find New Rules for Life at the Edge of Chaos

Biologists Find New Rules for Life at the Edge of Chaos | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
In the space between order and chaos, a zone usually described with the mathematics of impending avalanches and liquifying gases, scientists are finding new rules for life.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

What’s Wrong with Science Journalism?

What’s Wrong with Science Journalism? | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
I recently received a Knight Science Journalism tracker update e-mail featuring the following hyperlinked article: Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses what’s wrong
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Open Science Collaboration Blog · How anonymous peer review fails to do its job and damages science.

Open Science Collaboration Blog · How anonymous peer review fails to do its job and damages science. | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it

Churchill believed that democracy was the “worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Something analogous is often said about anonymous peer review (APR) in science: “it may have its flaws, but it’s the ‘least bad’ of all possible systems.” In this contribution, I present some arguments to the contrary. I believe that APR is threatening scientific progress, and therefore that it urgently needs to be fixed.

The reason we have a review system in the first place is to uphold basic standards of scientific quality. The two main goals of a review system are to minimize both the number of bad studies that are accepted for publication and the number of good studies that are rejected for publication. Borrowing terminology of signal detection theory, let’s call these false positives and false negatives respectively.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Why are academics so arrogant?

 Virtually everyone here has this arrogant attitude towards students and everyone else (staff and other APs). They walk around with this sense of superiority. It makes really hard to socialize and freely exchange ideas with them.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Let’s change how we report truth in science journalism

Let’s change how we report truth in science journalism | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
How can reporters get to the ‘truth’ in science? Sharon Dunwoody says following the ‘weight of evidence’ avoids bias.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Best Science Writers of 2014

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Sex assaults, harassment reported in science fieldwork

Sex assaults, harassment reported in science fieldwork | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
A majority of scientists conducting field studies reported being sexually harassed or assaulted, according to a study.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

ECLAC: Latin American and Caribbean Countries Agreed to Promote Regional Policies on Science, Innovation and ICT

ECLAC: Latin American and Caribbean Countries Agreed to Promote Regional Policies on Science, Innovation and ICT | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Scientists and journalists agree to connect better

Scientists and journalists agree to connect better | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Scientists and science journalists agree that there should be better dialogue between the two.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Biology: The big challenges of big data : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Biology: The big challenges of big data : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
As they grapple with increasingly large data sets, biologists and computer scientists uncork new bottlenecks.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Sexism in Science Communication: The Manifesto

Sexism in Science Communication: The Manifesto | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Journalists tend to spend their days scrutinising other people's business. Science writers are no exception, asking questions like whether scientists are conducting themselves and their research ethically or wondering how science should adapt to an increasingly digital world. Tomorrow, we turn this spotlight on ourselves and our professional community.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Historians become scientists to reveal the real reason for a decline in violent crime

Historians become scientists to reveal the real reason for a decline in violent crime | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A scientific analysis of 20 million words recorded during 150 years of criminal trials at London's Old Bailey reveals how changes in culture rather than law helped to reduce violent crime, according to a co-authored University of Sussex study.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Interpreting academic studies: A primer for media

Interpreting academic studies: A primer for media | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Scholarly research is a great source for rigorous, unbiased information, but making judgments about its quality can be difficult. Here are some important questions to ask when reading studies.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Latin America trains its eyes on better science journalism

Latin America trains its eyes on better science journalism | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
How is work to improve science coverage faring across the diverse region, ask Cecilia Rosen and Aleida Rueda.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

A New Science Communication Imperative: Challenge Yourself on Twitter

A New Science Communication Imperative: Challenge Yourself on Twitter | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Challenge Yourself  As many of you know, being a scientist or science communicator on Twitter can be a valuable, exciting and learning experience. From havi
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Naranjo
Scoop.it!

Is #sciencejournalism ignoring #censorship?

Is #sciencejournalism ignoring #censorship? | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
All science reporters should be aware of censorship’s impact on their field — and robust research can help.
more...
No comment yet.