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The Poster Projector
Alok Wessel was well prepared to present his conference poster, or so he thought.
The Poster Projector
The Poster Projector

Alok Wessel was well prepared to present his conference poster, or so he thought.

Alok Wessel was well prepared to present his conference poster, or so he thought.

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Scientific Conferences Get Virtually Real
Meenakshi Prabhune, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Between online and in person options, is there a right medium for attending a conference?
Illustration shows multiple hands holding phones displaying “fake news” on the screen. 
Let's Keep Science Real
Meenakshi Prabhune, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
April Fools’ Day jokes about scientific findings risk spreading misinformation.
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How the Bench Can Build SciComm Skills
Nathan Ni, PhD | 4 min read
A scientist’s day-to-day routine in the laboratory provides many opportunities for developing their scientific communication skills.
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Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist | Dec 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Leaving Twitter, improving science communication, understanding the dangers of avian flu, and more
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What’s the Future of Science Twitter?
Katherine Irving | Nov 11, 2022 | 2 min read
In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover, many researchers are exploring their options with the open-source platform Mastodon.
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How to Write Science for a General Audience
Nathan Ni, PhD | 4 min read
Writing for a non-scientific audience uses many of the same skills as writing for other scientists, but uses a bit more of an author’s personal flair.
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New NAS Awards Honor Science Communication in “Post-Truth World”
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Oct 27, 2022 | 7 min read
The Scientist speaks with paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill, who won one of the 24 awards recognizing efforts to communicate scientific issues to the general public.
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AAAS Shutters Its Center for Public Engagement
Andy Carstens | Aug 26, 2022 | 4 min read
The center oversaw programs such as the Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, many of which will continue.
An individual working at a scientific bench in front of a microscope. 
How to Present a Research Study’s Limitations
Nathan Ni, PhD | 4 min read
All studies have imperfections, but how to present them without diminishing the value of the work can be tricky.
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Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment
Bill Sullivan | Mar 1, 2022 | 5 min read
Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.
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Opinion: Teach Philosophy of Science in High School
Nicholas Friedman and Stephen Esser | Jan 17, 2022 | 4 min read
The pandemic has revealed the importance of preparing students to critically evaluate the conceptual foundations and real-world impact of science.
An individual looking at graphs and charts on a clipboard in front of a laptop. 
How to Write a Good Results Section
Nathan Ni, PhD | 5 min read
Effective results sections need to be much more than a list of data points given without context. 
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Twitter’s Science Stars Fight Misinformation
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2022 | 10+ min read
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 | Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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How to Write a Good Introduction Section
Nathan Ni, PhD | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.
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Opinion: In Defense of Preprints
Richard Sever and John Inglis | Nov 11, 2021 | 3 min read
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 | Oct 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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Building a Scientific Narrative
Nathan Ni, PhD | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.
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Opinion: Include Public Outreach Plans in Grant Requirements
Matthew Woodruff and Alexander Woodruff | Apr 29, 2021 | 3 min read
Tying federal research funding to scientists’ efforts to inform and engage the public can help fix widespread indifference to science.
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