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Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…' | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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The 9 Most Influential Works of Scientific Racism, Ranked

The 9 Most Influential Works of Scientific Racism, Ranked | Science & Mass Media | Scoop.it
Former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade has just published a book about race and genetics that has stirred up debates over scientific racism that go back over 250 years. Where did his ideas come from? Here are nine major works of scientific racism that are still influencing thinkers today.
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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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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.
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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.
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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

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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.

 

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

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