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USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump

USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump | Stempra | Scoop.it
"Starting immediately and until further notice" the department's main research division "will not release any public-facin
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How social media can distort and misinform when communicating science

How social media can distort and misinform when communicating science | Stempra | Scoop.it
When news breaks – whether the story of a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or a natural disaster – people increasingly turn to the internet and social media. Individuals use Twitter and Facebook as primary sources for news and information. Social media platforms – including Reddit, Wikipedia and other emerging outlets such as Snapchat –…
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We Must Learn How to Talk about Science--Fast

We Must Learn How to Talk about Science--Fast | Stempra | Scoop.it
Better explanations and more facts don’t lead to understanding, so communicators need research to figure out what actually works
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Science has always been a bit ‘post-truth’

Science has always been a bit ‘post-truth’ | Stempra | Scoop.it
At first glance, ‘post-truth’, the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016, appears to be inimical to the interests of scientists. However, according to one of the 20th Century’s leading philosophers, science itself can be regarded in post-truth terms.
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Theresa May set to go to war with the Queen as she axes royal charters

Theresa May set to go to war with the Queen as she axes royal charters | Stempra | Scoop.it
PM plans to take charter away from UK research councils which means they could lost freedom from government control with Elizabeth II set to 'hit the roof'
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Animal Communication - Science NetLinks

Animal Communication - Science NetLinks | Stempra | Scoop.it
This lesson helps students understand that all species have some capacity for communication.
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Science communication training should be about more than just how to transmit knowledge

Science communication training should be about more than just how to transmit knowledge | Stempra | Scoop.it
Broader goals like building trust, fostering excitement about science and influencing policy decisions don't necessarily just fall into place when researchers focus only on describing their work.
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Science and sexism: In the eye of the Twitterstorm

Science and sexism: In the eye of the Twitterstorm | Stempra | Scoop.it
Social media is shaking up how scientists talk about gender issues.
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A Six-Year-Old’s Guide To Science Communication

A Six-Year-Old’s Guide To Science Communication | Stempra | Scoop.it
Whether you are a six or sixty six year old scientist, here are some tips for making your first TV appearance.
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10 tips for getting a job and getting ahead in communications

10 tips for getting a job and getting ahead in communications | Stempra | Scoop.it
10 tips for getting a job and getting ahead in communications. From PR Week
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7 trends in creating leading-edge communications - GCS

7 trends in creating leading-edge communications - GCS | Stempra | Scoop.it
The 2015 communications landscape is full of big new ideas and rapid change. And the way audiences are accessing and consuming information and media is changing fast under the rapid explosion of digital platforms and media. Our challenge is to.
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'Science is not just about old men in glasses with grey hair... girls love it' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

'Science is not just about old men in glasses with grey hair... girls love it' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Stempra | Scoop.it
An empty jam jar, a pot of cream and a lot of shaking was all it took for an eager group of Northern Ireland Brownies to demonstrate to the world just how simple it is to get kids invol
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False health news more popular on Facebook

False health news more popular on Facebook | Stempra | Scoop.it
Public posts with false information about Zika shared via the social media site were more popular than real news.
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The revolution is televised: YouTube gives science a big bang

The revolution is televised: YouTube gives science a big bang | Stempra | Scoop.it
The way we explain and understand science is being transformed by online videos, says Leila Johnston
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Why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public | Occam's corner

Why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public | Occam's corner | Stempra | Scoop.it
Scientists and science communicators are engaged in a constant battle with ignorance. But that’s an approach doomed to failure, says Richard P Grant
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Post-truth: a guide for the perplexed

Post-truth: a guide for the perplexed | Stempra | Scoop.it
If politicians can lie without condemnation, what are scientists to do? Kathleen Higgins offers some explanation.
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PR takeaways from Boaty McBoatface

PR takeaways from Boaty McBoatface | Stempra | Scoop.it
When an agency of the British government put the name of its new polar research vessel up to an Internet vote, it was probably counting on something like the Shackleton, the Endeavor or something paying homage to a great scientist or ship of the past. What it wound up with by an overwhelming majority was…Boaty […]
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Four lessons Boaty McBoatface can teach us about online campaigns - INFLUENCE

Four lessons Boaty McBoatface can teach us about online campaigns - INFLUENCE | Stempra | Scoop.it
The saga of Boaty McBoatface has gripped the world for several weeks now and few could have failed to have missed it. It’s a tale of internet silliness butting heads with serious institutions amid a viral campaign that ran amokFull article here
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Argentina Has More Women in Science—But It Hasn’t Fixed Sexism

Argentina Has More Women in Science—But It Hasn’t Fixed Sexism | Stempra | Scoop.it
The numbers of women in astronomy are dismal, but Argentina is an exception. Does the country have something to teach about equality in academia?
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Female scientists #prettycurious about campaign aimed at young women

Female scientists #prettycurious about campaign aimed at young women | Stempra | Scoop.it
A new drive is encouraging girls to study science. But is its name, Pretty Curious, sly marketing or sexist stereotyping?
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MSc Science Communication at the University of Sheffield - YouTube

Scientists and journalists at the University of Sheffield discuss what students get to do on our MSc Science Communication Course. This video was made by som...
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Critics: Women's Sex Pill Approval Vote Driven By PR, Not Science

Critics: Women's Sex Pill Approval Vote Driven By PR, Not Science | Stempra | Scoop.it
Thursday's vote by an FDA advisory committee to approve flibanserin for low sexual desire in pre-menopausal women has drawn sharp criticism for potential influence by a strong public relations campaign funded partly by pharmaceutical companies that include the drug's sponsor.
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What gets called "science communication"?

What gets called "science communication"? | Stempra | Scoop.it
“The one thing I want to get across,” said Kishore Hari to me, “is just how many different kinds of things are happening. I think people have no idea just how much is going on.” That was before a...
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