Tagged: science communication

How rainbow colour maps can distort data and be misleading - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 07, 2021

Philip Heron, University of Toronto; Fabio Crameri, University of Oslo, and Grace Shephard, University of Oslo   The choice of colour to represent information in scientific images is a fundamental part of communicating findings. However, a number of colour palettes that are widely used to display critical scientific results are not only dangerously misleading, but also unreadable to a proportion … Read More

Social media is reducing climate change debates to your views on veganism - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Oct 04, 2021

Taha Yasseri, University College Dublin and Mary Sanford, University of Oxford   Ten years ago, when we ranked the most controversial articles on Wikipedia, George W. Bush was at the top of the list with global warming at number five. The article on global warming has now been re-titled as climate change, but this remains among the … Read More

Improving NZ Government Communication about COVID-19: Five Suggestions Including a Proposal for Depoliticisation - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 03, 2021

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Jennifer Summers, Dr Leah Grout, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig The high quality communication by the NZ Government for much of the COVID-19 pandemic has been remarked on. But given that the pandemic situation is very far from over, in this blog we consider five areas in which potential improvements could be made. Potentially the most important of … Read More

Side-Stepping Safeguards, Data Journalists Are Doing Science Now - Guest Work

Guest Author May 01, 2021

By Irineo Cabreros News stories are increasingly told through data. Witness the Covid-19 time series that decorate the homepages of every major news outlet; the red and blue heat maps of polling predictions that dominate the runup to elections; the splashy, interactive plots that dance across the screen. As a statistician who handles data for a living, I … Read More

Reflections from the rollercoaster, one year after my first collaboration with Toby Morris - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 09, 2021

Today is a bit of a momentous day for me. It’s the one-year anniversary of the Spinoff publishing the first animation Toby Morris and I created together. You might remember it. It was called Flatten the curve and was based on a picture I’d seen shared on Twitter. I thought the concept was really important – that we should try … Read More

Matariki, history and ethnicity research honoured - Mātau Taiao

Katherine Hurst Nov 19, 2020

Every year Royal Society Te Apārangi celebrates the achievements of researchers, scholars, and kairangahau who have achieved excellence in their disciplines throughout Aotearoa. This year separate ceremonies were held in the three main centres. In the first of two posts, we highlight the Māori and Pasifika recipients from the Auckland and Christchurch ceremonies. Read More

The SMC Video Competition: Ecological Cluedo - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 30, 2020

Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of the winner, conservation biologist Bridgette Farnworth. Our streams and lakebeds host … Read More

The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 09, 2020

Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up, PhD candidate Yen Yi Loo. When I introduce myself … Read More

Tuhia ki te rangi: a new space for student science communication - Tuhia ki te rangi

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Sep 09, 2020

Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to our newest addition to Sciblogs: Tuhia ki te rangi. Over the eleven years Sciblogs has been operating, the face of science communication has changed dramatically. Where a decade ago there was a burgeoning number of scientists and other experts looking to stretch their wings in science blogging, now there is a growing establishment … Read More

The SMC Video Competition: The Science of Bellringing - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 04, 2020

Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the first round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With twelve entries, ranging from infant nutrition to the science of bell-ringing, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up prize winner, MA student Scott Pilkington. My name is … Read More