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Feature: How Much Science Does a Citizen Need?
While many believe that there’s a set of basic scientific facts that people should know, they are spectacularly unsuccessful at being able to nominate just what those facts should be.
Browse: Positive Attitudes to Science, But Who Do You Trust?
Browse: Scientists Unknowingly Tweak Experiments conSCIENCE: Cargo Cult Communication
Science communication necessarily focuses on outcomes, but what about the process?
conSCIENCE: Post-Truth and the Rejection of Science
In an age of "alternative facts", it may not be feasible to expect people to understand the details of scientific studies, but it is crucial that they respect the importance of evidence-based information underpinning scientific analysis.
conSCIENCE: Bursting the News Filter Bubble
Online technologies can create echo chambers that reinforce our world views, but does this necessarily mean we need to open ourselves up to alternative facts?
The Bitter Pill: Science Advocacy and Social Media
The ever-changing media landscape is continuing to affect the role of science communication. How can scientists and medical practitioners be expected to respond to social media?
Cool Careers: Hazardous Outreach
Bob Muir is taking chemistry to the public but says safety regulations prevent him from doing the sorts of things he would really like.
Fossil File: Developing Fossil Sites for Education and Employment
A combination of active scientific research and a thriving local tourism industry is the model that many countries can adapt to protect and develop their most significant fossil sites.
Naked Skeptic: What Is a PhD Worth?
The University of Wollongong has tarnished its reputation by accepting a PhD thesis that presents anti-vaccination dogma in place of primary evidence.
Simon Says: Rebooting Computing at School
We can devote more early-stage teaching effort to computing but will Aussie kids click onto it?
Up Close: Enquiry on exhibit: Enlisting art to help communicate science
Science historian and Science Gallery director Dr Michael John Gorman talks about how we can do better in communicating science to the public. He also describes how the Science Gallery, based at Trinity College Dublin, attracts a diverse audience by bringing together art and science.
Up Close: Ear to the ground: Preparing for and recovering from earthquakes
Earthquake researcher Assoc Prof Mark Quigley explains the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes into how to better prepare regions at risk, the value of strong science communication to affected populations during crisis, and the importance of developing appropriate building codes in anticipation of the Next Big One.
Up Front: A New Twist in the DNA Revolution
Gene drives take genetic modification to the population level, with applications in health, conservation and agriculture, but there are also practical and ethical concerns.
CSIRO in bed with big tobacco
Pockley's Point: How a Communications Saga Rocked CSIRO
A "warts and all" account of CSIRO has sidestepped some of its most embarrassing failures. The first blog in a series published online this month outlines the documentary evidence behind CSIRO's appointment of a tobacco lobbyist as its Director of Communications, which led to a public black ban of Australasian Science.
Online Feature: Axing the Climate Commission Splits Australians from Science
Australians need people of this calibre to explain the science and economics of climate change, especially when the debate has become so politically polarised.
Online Feature: Viewing Catalyst's cholesterol programs through the sceptometer
Was the ABC wrong to air a program that might encourage people at risk of heart disease to stop taking cholesterol-reducing medications without consulting their GP?
conSCIENCE: Science for Dummies
How concerned should we be that many Australians don't know some basic science facts?
conSCIENCE: Foodies May Be Our True Dietary Messiahs
The facts and figures in the Australian Dietary Guidelines are less influential on our dietary habits than the enthusiastic narratives of food cooked up by gastronomes.