Tagged: communication

Monday Micro – could microbes help our understanding of the evolution of language? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2014

It seems far-fetched, but researchers are claiming that microbes could help us understand how language evolved, specifically combinatorial communication, in which two signals are used together to achieve an effect that is different to the sum of the effects of the component parts. Humans use combinatorial communication when we join words together to give a word with a new meaning. Read More

Mayim Bialik – Scientist & Actor - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 10, 2013

Recently, I posted a brilliant presentation from PhD student, Crystal Dilworth about the Myth of the Scientist. This was linked to by another website, drawing my attention to this presentation from Mayim Bialik about how she got into science. It is a great example of how an articulate and passionate mentor can draw people into the fascinating world … Read More

Science Communication at Yale iTunes U - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jul 06, 2012

I recently discovered that the iPad has an iTunes U application which allows access to a range of free university courses from a range of  universities and colleges. Exploring further I discovered a series of talks from Yale University on science writing and journalism, including “Science Journalism in an Irrational World” by Sharon Begley, senior health and science correspondent at … Read More

Climate Deniers make Major PR Blunder - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 05, 2012

Gareth reported yesterday that the Heartland Institute has invested in billboards that stoop to a new low in their attempt to undermine worldwide concerns about climate change. However, due to the resulting negative response both from their opponents and also their supporters, these billboards (others featured Charles Manson and Fidel Castro, while there were also plans to use … Read More

What do Kids Want in Science Education? Why not ask them? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 29, 2012

I came across this interesting article by Marie-Claire Shanahan on her blog describing a panel discussion (and other activities) at LogiCon, a Edmonton science and critical thinking based outreach programme. The panel discussion involved asking a panel of 10 – 13 year old science enthusiasts for their opinion of science education – what a fantastic idea. The conversation, as … Read More

TOSP Episode 13: December 5th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 07, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Another week, another collection of brilliant stuff to talk about. This week, Elf and aimee talk about groups.  Well, mostly groups, but also weta, astronomy, learning and why we don’t have a cure for AIDS.  As for groups – we look into how StarCraft 2 [...] … Read More

Why Science Communication is Vital — Reflections on Professor Sir Peter Gluckman’s SCANZ speech - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 07, 2011

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman’s presentation on the importance of science communication to the public’s understanding of science at the recent SCANZ (Science Communicators Association of New Zealand) conference raised some interesting points. A full transcript of this presentation can be found here. The following discussion covers some of the key points from this presentation which I found the most … Read More