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Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment
Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.
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Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment
Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment

Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.

Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.

ABOVE: modified from © istock.com, gmast3r

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Opinion: Teach Philosophy of Science in High School
Nicholas Friedman, Stephen Esser | Jan 17, 2022
The pandemic has revealed the importance of preparing students to critically evaluate the conceptual foundations and real-world impact of science.
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Twitter’s Science Stars Fight Misinformation
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2022
COVID-19 has thrown science and scientists into the spotlight. Some have accepted the challenge, amassing hundreds of thousands of followers and using the ongoing pandemic as a “teachable moment.”
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Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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Opinion: In Defense of Preprints
Richard Sever, John Inglis | Nov 11, 2021
In response to two November 2021 articles in The Scientist that called out preprints as a source of medical misinformation, the cofounders of bioRxiv and medRxiv say it’s not the publishing model that’s at fault.
Photographs of the October 2021 issue's contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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Opinion: Include Public Outreach Plans in Grant Requirements
Matthew Woodruff, Alexander Woodruff | Apr 29, 2021
Tying federal research funding to scientists’ efforts to inform and engage the public can help fix widespread indifference to science.
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Opinion: The Rise of Preprints Is No Cause for Alarm
Jonny Coates | Apr 14, 2021
At a time of fast-paced science and rampant misinformation, can we trust the non–peer-reviewed literature?
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Q&A: “Talk to a Scientist” Webinar Series for Kids
Harini Barath | Mar 5, 2021
An interactive online forum keeps Indian kids busy with science while they are stuck indoors during the pandemic.
Bryan Sykes, Ancestral Genetics Expert, Dies at 73
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2021
Sykes sequenced famous ancient remains, such as Ötzi and Cheddar Man, and was one of the first researchers to use mitochondrial DNA to trace genetic lineages.
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Opinion: Being Scientists Doesn’t Make Us Science Communicators
Sarah Anderson | Dec 17, 2020
Effectively relating science to the public is a science in itself, and expertise on a topic doesn’t guarantee expertise in explaining it.
Science and Policy Collide During the Pandemic
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2020
COVID-19 has laid bare some of the pitfalls of the relationship between scientific experts and policymakers—but some researchers say there are ways to make it better.
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Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2020
The company behind a now-discredited study on hydroxychloroquine also posted a report that has been cited by Latin American governments recommending ivermectin as a possible coronavirus treatment. Clinicians there say the effects have been extremely damaging.
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Opinion: Scientists’ Obligations During the COVID-19 Outbreak
John D. Loike | Feb 14, 2020
Scientists can provide essential information to educate the public about the coronavirus.
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Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2019
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2019 issue of The Scientist.
Opinion: What You Believe about “Science Denial” May Be All Wrong
Kari Fischer | Feb 11, 2019
A recent meeting about the disconnect between scientific and public beliefs points to ways researchers can improve how they communicate with skeptics.
Painting Dinosaurs, early 20th century
Diana Kwon | Jan 1, 2019
Charles R. Knight’s illustrations shaped the public’s view of prehistoric life.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Under Investigation for Sexual Misconduct
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 3, 2018
Two new allegations surfaced last week, following an earlier accusation of rape.
Marine Biologist Susan Williams Dies
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2018
The UC Davis researcher was an advocate of ocean conservation and science communication.
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
RT and Sputnik publish stories about GMOs more often than US outlets, and typically portray them in a negative light.