Posts tagged “Communication”

How I feel after a typical science communication workshop

“you know what, I’m gonna pass because I just don’t feel inspired …you should be more like Malcolm Gladwell.”At this point I kind of lost it. Can you imagine? Think about it: an actual scientist who produces actual knowledge should be more like a journalist who recycles fake insights! We need to talk about TED

Science-ese (with implications)

The AoB blog reports on a study that shows many plants that normally germinate in the spring could start germinating in the autumn as climate changes: Emergence in autumn could have major implications for species currently adapted to emerge in spring. Translation: All the baby plants are going to freeze.

While you’re waiting for the bus

The enormous cost of propping of the banks was justified by the refrain “too big to fail.” You know what’s really too big to fail? Ecosystems. Zen Faulkes wonders about the constant pressure to explain the relevance of your science: People love all sorts of things that aren’t relevant to them apart from their own […]


From a description of methods for testing pollen viability: It is postulated that membranes change from a continuous state when hydrated to a discontinuous state when dried. As pollen moisture content is reduced, membrane structure alters; in effect, becoming more porous Translation: Pollen membranes crack when they dry out.

How to make an awesome poster

Several months ago, my aunt asked me a bunch of questions about climate change. I answered her here in a serious of carefully researched posts, many of which took me hours to write. Her answer? “You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to” with a link to an abc news story insinuating that snow in winter means […]