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International science organization to launch young scientist support network in Latin America

International science organization to launch young scientist support network in Latin America | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it

 With a not-so-far-off future looming with dire threats — water shortage, superstorms, food scarcity, stronger earthquakes, rise of ocean levels, species extinctions, etc. — humanity is left to wonder who will save us all.

Well,it’s a pretty sure thing it won’t be politicians, Wall Street, liberals or conservatives. The one group who can give this planet a fighting chance are — scientists.

It’s going to take those people who can conduct the research, extrapolate the findings, create a solution and communicate to the rest of us what must be done who will be the true saviors of our planet.

Unfortunately, that’s only half the battle. Governments must learn to listen to their scientists to formulate policy that will create the solutions that are possible. There are still regions in the world where scientists don’t know of comparable research being conducted and aren’t given their due respect. One of those places is Latin America.

To help young scientists in that region, the World Association of Young Scientists, WAYS, recently announced they would launch a Latin American network in April 2014.

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Diversity: Pride in science

Diversity: Pride in science | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out.
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Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0

Have your say on the future of science: public consultation on Science 2.0 | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
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Peru hosts conf on space geophysics

Peru hosts conf on space geophysics | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
LIMA: More than a hundred scientists and students from Latin American countries are now meeting in Cuso near here for the tenth Latin American Conference on Space Geophysics (X COLAGE) from Mon til...
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Low carb v. low fat for losing weight plus Knight Science Journalism Tracker again - On Science Blogs

Low carb v. low fat for losing weight plus Knight Science Journalism Tracker again - On Science Blogs | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
  Those dueling diets This week we have a replay of the dueling diets thing, low carb vs. low fat. Low carb continues to appear to have a very slight
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UK Conference of Science Journalists panel on tools for journalists

UK Conference of Science Journalists panel on tools for journalists | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Back in June I took part in a panel at the UK Conference of Science Journalists conference, discussing tools for reporters alongside BBC Trending's Mukul Devichand and Digital Science's community m...
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Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change

‘Research presented as overly precise climate predictions rather than best advice is manipulated by nonsensical sceptics’
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Harassment in Science, Replicated

Harassment in Science, Replicated | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Women researchers report that sexual harassment and assault are common at field sites and in universities.
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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.
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Best Science Writers of 2014

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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List of 30 latinamerican scientists under 40 that are doing promising work in physics and neuroscience.

List of 30 latinamerican scientists under 40 that are doing promising work in physics and neuroscience. | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
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What role for open and collaborative science in development?

What role for open and collaborative science in development? | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
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How political science conquered Washington

How political science conquered Washington | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Perhaps the single best thing that's happened to political journalism in the time I've been doing it is the rise of political science.
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Science Journalism: Between Two Worlds

Science Journalism: Between Two Worlds | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a good science journalist? Our editor Rebecca Tan shares her opinion.
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Regulating Uncertainty: The European Food Safety Authority and GMOs | Synthetic Biology Community

Regulating Uncertainty: The European Food Safety Authority and GMOs | Synthetic Biology Community | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
By Charles Ebikeme In September of 2012, a paper published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, garnered widespread media attention. The paper documented how
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Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine - CSI

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine - CSI | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
A study of federal funding advancing naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing as acceptable medical protocols finds troubling misuse of taxpayer dollars.
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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?
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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