All posts tagged with science writing

Is Facebook killing science news?

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I’ve observed that the coverage of genetics and evolution in mainstream media has become worse over the last several years. It seems that social media, espec...

Anonymous sexism in paleoanthropology

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Seems like every week, someone writes an article drawing attention to a new episode of sexism in science. Today it’s my turn to shine a light on this issue.

Shark weak

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Brian Switek comments on this week’s “Megalodon” program on Discovery, which lured viewers with the idea that a prehistoric gigantic shark might still be cir...

Profile of Deborah Blum

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The Guardian interviews my University of Wisconsin-Madison colleague and friend, Deborah Blum, on what inspires her to write about science: “Deborah Blum on ...

Cutting room floors

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Reading items on my desktop, I found a rant I had written a while back. I generally don’t post rants, but a decent amount of time has passed…

Making science or making news?

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Christopher Reddy, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, comments on his experience doing science around the Deepwater Horizon oil accident in the Gulf ...

Against simplistic stories

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Erika Check Hayden reflects usefully on an overhyped science story last week: “What the limits of DNA story reveals about the challenges of science journalis...

One way to make better science writing

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Alison Flood in the Guardian notes the scientific interests of celebrated novelist Cormac McCarthy: “Cormac McCarthy’s parallel career revealed as a scienti...

Download the universe

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Carl Zimmer and a broad group of science writers and scientists have started a new collaborative review site, focused specifically on science e-books and app...

Higgs hunting

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I follow physics news but generally don’t post about it. But after the recent Higgs boson press conference, I found this article by Lawrence Krauss to be a v...

McPhee on writing about science

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The Paris Review has a long interview with writer John McPhee (“The Art of Nonfiction No. 3, John McPhee”). I like the writer interviews they have, and it is...

Blushing iron

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Jo Marchant elegizes an 1858 lecture by John Ruskin, on the topic of iron (“Not just any old iron”). I had to relay this quote:

The "gay caveman"

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I am just about to go crazy today. I just can’t seem to escape the “gay caveman” story.

Backdrop to scientist quotes

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JR Minkel did a story on evolved sex differences for Scientific American (“Student Surveys Contradict Claims of Evolved Sex Differences”). Personally, I neve...

Neandertal headlines

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For two weeks I’ve been reading news feeds about how volcanoes killed the Neandertals. I mean, seriously:

Saving science writing

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Wired editor David Rowan wrote last week about “How to save science journalism”. It’s a long essay, discussing the problems traditional media outlets have su...

Beware the wiki books

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I was browsing on Amazon this morning, and found rather a surprising number of new books about human evolution. The thing is, I didn’t recognize any of the a...

PLoS Blogs

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PLoS now has blogs. The announcement accentuates that they have an equal representation of scientists and science journalists.

Guardian science blogs

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The Guardian now has a small network of science blogs. Their launch announcement includes this surprising factoid:

Blog networks' problems links

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I’ve collected several links over the past few days to people thinking about the role of blog networks in the science blogome. Several essays worth reading i...

"Just-so stories" driving me crazy

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NPR has been doing a special series of reports during their “Morning Edition” program called “The Human Edge”, all about various aspects of human evolution. ...

Siphoning the firehose

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Bora Zivkovic leaves ScienceBlogs and reminds us of the imprint that blogging has made on some careers in the last five years. Reading his thoughts on bloggi...

Mooning hominins

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Gretchen sends this link: MSNBC has a list of “Eight Great American Discoveries in Science”.

Fluffing the science

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Bora Zivkovic on a heavily-trod topic (“Why is some coverage of scientific news in the media very poor?”) describes some of his work sifting through press co...

Malapa embargo story

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Ivan Oransky writes “Embargo Watch”, which reports on issues related to journal embargoes and science reporting. His story about the Malapa embargo “break” l...

Writing it down

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Daniel Lende discusses how to write anthropological work for a lay audience: “On Reaching a Broader Public: Five Ideas for Anthropologists.”

Bloggers and embargoes

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An interesting factoid from Bora Zivkovic, writing about PLoS media coverage:

Omni remembered

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Paul Collins reminisces about Omni magazine, defunct now for 13 years. I used to love that magazine and its hearty hash of science, science fiction, and what...

Dystopian reporting

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Ed Yong: “Adapting to the new ecosystem of science journalism”.

My Newsweek complaint

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I’ve been annoyed about Newsweek since they changed their format earlier this year. They went from trying to be a comprehensive weekly news magazine, to a sh...

Science sensationalism

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Backreaction: “Science, Writers, and the Public - A bizarre love triangle”:

Leaving it to the societies

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Carl Zimmer, giving a quick synopsis of three recent books on science communication, begins his post:

Blogging and reporting from meetings

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No, I’m not doing that right now. Elizabeth Pennisi reports that some science writers are miffed about bloggers at scientific conferences:

Diagnosing science reporting

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The Guardian is running a great editorial about why (and how) science reporting is bad: OK, here's something weird. Every week in Bad Science we either v...