What News Story Characteristics Make People More Likely to Share It?

Online news outlets are interested in driving traffic to their websites. One way to do that is to get people to disseminate news stories through social media. A recent study attempts to outline which features in a news story make people more likely to share it. Getting people to share news stories online is important to online news companies, particularly those whose revenue models rely on online visitors. A study from Columbia University and the French National Institute found that... Read more


Brexit, Science policy, and Unintended Consequences of Trading Lemons.

If you’re a plant scientist in the UK or EU (or a scientist of any kind), please do use the comments section below to talk about what Brexit might mean for you and your career. This post can serve as a repository of accounts about how policies impact STEM and vice-versa.     Though the precise nature of a post-UK EU isn’t fully known, it is safe to say that funding for science that is EU dependent will no longer... Read more


People Deem Feminine Women Less Likely to Be Scientists

A paper published in the journal Sex Roles, reports that people think that the more feminine a woman is, the less likely she is to be a scientist. The same stereotype holds true for attractive people of either gender, the paper reports. Ugh. The paper, “But You Don’t Look Like a Scientist!: Women Scientists With Feminine Appearance Are Deemed Less Likely to Be Scientists,” was published online Feb. 5. The paper was authored by Sarah Banchefsky, Bernadette Park and Charles... Read more


A Catastrophic Day that Will Only Get Worse

Today is a very sad and dark day. Our country has voted to leave the European Union based upon lies, lies and more lies. I never thought I would experience such a spectacle of lies and illogical arguments. One could accept the result had people voted upon evidence, yet this was not the case. Rather we had a shallow debate, and people were denied the level of discussion needed to make a well thought out, logical structured decision. Instead it... Read more


Songs of Science: They’ll Make You Think, Laugh and Learn

(NOTE: 27 new songs added 6/28) Search the web for 'science songs' and you'll probably be disappointed. I was. The lists I found were short and filled with many of the old 'expected' tunes...and I knew there was so much more out there. A while back I polled my Facebook friends, scoured by personal music library and asked for input on Twitter. This list came from that effort, but it's not complete. Now it's your turn to help add to this list... Read more


One Reason Scientists and Science Writers Want to Talk About Game of Thrones

From dragons and dire wolves to the arid Red Waste and the frozen lands beyond the Wall, Game of Thrones is teeming with exotic creatures and habitats. It’s also teeming with violence, disease and cultural practices that often swing from pseudo-historical to utterly bizarre. And, in an impressive collection of blog posts, there are scientists and science writers who want to talk about Game of Thrones and the world in which it takes place. Westeros and its environs were created... Read more


Matcharak II Archaeology released

Enjoy FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on Alaska Public Media KAKM–TV. From polar bears to grayling, engage in the Artic’s newest discoveries with Frontier Scientists. The series airs Wednesdays at 8pm beginning June 15th. Alaska PBS Programming is available in the state of Alaska. Episodes are scheduled 8pm Alaska time on PBS KAKM Science Wednesday. The series visits Alaska’s living laboratories and highlights the work of modern scientists, bringing their findings to your screen. On watch Matcharak Lake videos .... Read more


The Mesh of Civilizations in Cyberspace

"The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics." —Samuel P. Huntington (1972-2008) "The Clash of Civilizations" In 1993, the Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington published his now infamous paper The Clash of Civilizations in the journal Foreign Affairs. Huntington... Read more


150 Years After Mendel Published His Foray Into Life Science.

161 Years Ago In the centuries old St. Thomas Abbey– in the garden and greenhouse– Gregor Mendel tended, crossed, and tracked some 10,000 pea plants (Pisum sativum) through several generations over 7 years. The greenhouse was warm compared to the monastery where his chambers were. The monastery was constantly damp and cool, originally built as a fortress in the 14th century, the Augustinian Monks were relatively new residents. Mendel was curious about how the world worked– he was into science... Read more


Frontier Scientists TV season 2, Science Wednesdays

FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on KAKM’s Science Wednesday Enjoy FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on Alaska Public Media KAKM–TV. From polar bears to grayling, engage in the Artic’s newest discoveries with Frontier Scientists.The series airs Wednesdays at 8pm beginning June 15th 2016. Alaska PBS Programming is available in the state of Alaska. Episodes are scheduled 8pm Alaska time on PBS KAKM Science Wednesday. A series sharing the Arctic’s newest discoveries. The series visits Alaska’s living laboratories and highlights the work of... Read more


Anchorage event “Bears of the World” 2016

If you're in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska visit Frontier Scientists at the International Conference on Bear Research and Management. The International Association for Bear Research and Management promotes conservation of bear species based on science-based best practice. “Bears of the World” 2016 isn’t just for scientists; attend engaging public lectures and outreach events. Look for Frontier Scientists outside the Dena'ina Center public lectures on bears at 600 W 7th Ave, Downtown Anchorage, 6-9pm June 13, 14, & 15 2016. Elizabeth O'Connell... Read more


Tough little birds face Alaska’s ice

Conditions at the northern end of the Rock Sandpiper's range in upper Cook Inlet, Alaska, latitude 61°N, are the coldest experienced by any shorebird species. The Pribilof Rock Sandpiper survives there all winter long. "Rock Sandpipers, as far as shorebirds go, are fairly nondescript. They are about the size of a robin, they weight 80 grams, they fit nicely in your hand," described Dan Ruthrauff, wildlife biologist with USGS Alaska Science Center. "I’ve been studying shorebirds here in Alaska coming... Read more


The SCICOMM 25 (May 2016)

Welcome to the SCICOMM 25! This is where I pull together 25 (or more) of most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this month's list, which includes posts I found during the month of May 2016. Top... Read more


Uncovered Cough And Sneeze Help Spread Nasty Disease

Achoo! Feel like a sneeze or cough coming on? Cover it in a cloth or tissue paper, or even your sleeves, and wash your hands, admonishes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and for good reasons, too! Microbial pathogenic agents of a variety of respiratory illnesses, both viral [ranging from the common cold (rhinovirus); influenza (orthomyxovirus); parainfluenza viruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and human metapneumovirus (all paramyxoviruses); severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-Coronavirus)] as well as bacterial [such... Read more


Is It Responsible For Journalists To Promote Unscientific Superstitious Nonsense?

It all started with a silly article that had landed in my inbox on Friday morning via the platform called 'Medium'. The lede of the article in the Pacific Standard magazine by Elena Gooray asked: How do you beat a curse? It caught my eye even in the middle of an eye-roll. I wish it hadn't. Because inevitably I caught the sub-lede: A practiced Santa Barbara psychic weighs in on Lil B’s so far effective curse against basketball superstar Kevin Durant. And... Read more