This week on SCBN we doubled our numbers in terms of members joining the network, so thank you to everyone that has got in contact and shown their support for this project.
Here is a round-up of all the articles featured over the last week:From ‘Catherine de Lange’, Dec 10, 2012
Award-winning science journalist Lone Frank talks about “[turning] her science on herself” as she answers questions on taking a genome test.
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘The Molecular Circus’, Dec 14, 2012
“Almost everyone will have heard of antibodies, they’re the well-known good guys of the immune system, the knights in shining armour to the (dam)cell in distress, under attack from big bad viruses and bacteria. But not many people really understand what an antibody is or what it does…”
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘Inspiring Science’, Dec 16, 2012
“In the 1990s, Suzanne Rutherford and Susan Lindquist were studying fruit flies with a mutated version of the Hsp90 gene and found that the absence of this single gene led to a wide range of developmental defects… Uncovering how this gene affects so many aspects of development has led to an intriguing story linking responses to environmental stress with the evolution of developmental pathways.”
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘Speaking of Science’, Dec 17, 2012
This is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication called Speaking to…
Master of Neuroscience, Science Translator and Professional Experimenter Fran Scott reflects on how she hung up the white coat to encourage kids to ‘play with science’, plus some advice on how to get into the world of science media production.
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘To See Science’, Dec 18, 2012
Some early musings on the language of scientific discourse from this new blog.
“…even science, when it ascribes a certain metaphor to a particular phenomenon, must be held responsible for the social and environmental implications its construction of reality has.”
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘To See Science’, Dec 19, 2012
“Discussions about science communication commonly focus on the problems of written and spoken language. And, in many current debates about the problem of scientific communication, that language is English. It begs the question: When scientific universals are established in a particular language, how are these facts reshaped and metabolized by another tongue? What if there is no tongue, but rather fingers and hands? …”
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From ‘The Molecular Circus’, Dec 19, 2012
“So, you’re ill. You reach for the cold & flu tablets/drink/sachet. And now you want to know what’s in there? How does it make you feel better?”
A brief and informative look at our three favourite drugs for treating pain, sinus congestion and chesty coughs.
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘Green Tea and Velociraptors’, Dec 19, 2012
“The use of digital palaeontology has been ongoing for quite a while now…with virtual reconstructions ranging from hadrosaur skulls using CT-scanning to early molluscs and arthropods using a process known as serial grinding. As such, it is pervasive throughout palaeontology, but has never really taken flight and been introduced to the public as an engagement resource…”
How virtual reconstruction’s could breath life into fragile or rare specimens and help engage the public in geoscience.
—– —– —– —– —–From ‘Speaking of Science’, Dec 20, 2012
“Natasha Mehrabi is studying Science Communication Msc at Imperial College. In this post she discusses her recent experience as a scientist and science communicator while working on a farm in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here the significance of public engagement, citizen science and the integration of knowledge from various stakeholders was and is imperative to the sustainable expansion of the farm.”
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