Marco Zozaya critiqued those linking vaccines and autism, but he struggles like manyscience communicators with social media platforms that may favor a style that inflames.
Marco Zozaya loves science. His bedroom wall is covered in photos of scientists. When he grows up, he wants to be a science communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson. And for a moment at age 12, when he recorded a video about vaccines on an iPad in his backyard in northeast Mexico, it seemed like he was off to a good start.
A la crise du journalisme se conjugue une crise de la science, écrit Marcel Falk, responsable communication de l’Académie suisse des sciences naturelles. Pour éviter de tomber dans le piège de la communication, il faut innover.
Analyzing the famous academic aphorism ‘publish or perish’ through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media — primarily Twitter — eventually leads to higher citations years down the road. Turns out, the tweets are worth the time investment.
Vor einem Jahr sind in Deutschland rund 37 000 Menschen im »March for Science« für die Wissenschaft auf die Straße gegangen. Nach Trumps Wahl wollten viele ein Zeichen gegen alternative Fakten setzen. Doch der Elan ist verschwunden. Schade eigentlich, denn es geht weiterhin um viel.
Why you should be cautios of health claims based on animal and lab studies. Why? Animal and lab studies are a far cry from research involving people. Very often, a treatment declared effective in a group of, say, mice, may be completely useless (and/or harmful) in people. Yet, too often, news stories don’t point this out.
Scientists have been using animal models to develop life-saving human treatments for centuries, but some question the usefulness – and ethics – of comparing results between species. An anti-animal testing advocate and a science journalist address the Swiss media’s role in the controversy.
When historians trace back the roots of today’s opioid epidemic, they often find themselves returning to the wave of addiction that swept the U.S. in the late 19th century. That was when physicians first got their hands on morphine: a truly effective treatment for pain, delivered first by tablet and then by the newly invented hypodermic syringe. With no criminal regulations on morphine, opium or heroin, many of these drugs became the “secret ingredient” in readily available, dubiously effective medicines.
Skating on thin ice? As our world warms, warps and melts, metaphors of the past take on new meaning. Because dead metaphors aren’t always terminally dead. Sometimes they’re just hibernating, only to stagger back to life, dazed and confused, blinking at the altered world that has roused them from their slumber.
Reaching new heights in science journalism. That’s the theme of the World Conference of Science Journalists, WCSJ2019, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from 1-5 July 2019. Are you ready to join us in this fantastic adventure? As Chairman of the Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure to introduce you to this great project, and you can already get involved.