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Easy, breezy, accessible science

Guest post by mèþru: I found this video about the misreporting of science in order to make it interesting for wide audiences. Comedian John Oliver discusses how reporters do not fact check the studies they report, make sweeping conclusions that … Continue reading

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Science, science-fiction and the power of imagination

Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Tim McDonagh, image from New Statesman. “In her mind’s eye, she saw forsaken civilizations, the bygone times when gods mixed with heroes and monsters interbred with beasts. Her childhood heroes were all brave, … Continue reading

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Publish or Perish – academia and self-publishing

“He published frantically while he was a post-doc and junior faculty…” From Initial Conditions When Danielle, the protagonist of Initial Conditions, wants to work on the recently-discovered dark energy, her new boss dissuades her, noting that “in a post-doctorate, you … Continue reading

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Old science-fiction and new research agree – paper is mightier than computer

“A paper computer?” said the general. He looked pained. “No, sir,” said Shuman patiently. “Not a paper computer. Simply a sheet of paper. General, would you be so kind to suggest a number?” “Seventeen,” said the general. “And you, Congressman?” … Continue reading

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