COVID-19: four ways to respond to vaccine sceptics – and maybe even convince them

Think beyond facts to make your argument.

Mark Lorch, Professor of Science Communication and Chemistry, University of Hull • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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What a link between chocolate and Nobel prizes reveals about our trust in scientists

Research shows how failing to engage the public can lead scientists' work to be inaccurately reported and interpreted.

Katrine Donois, PhD Candidate in Science Communication., Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Less scatterbrained scatterplots

Large datasets are difficult to depict as scatterplots — but that may change with a new CSAIL project for creating interactive visualizations.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~3 min

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Scientists don't share their findings for fun – they want their research to make a difference

A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.

John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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3 questions to ask yourself next time you see a graph, chart or map

Visualizations can help you understand data better – but they can also confuse or mislead. Here, some tips on what to watch out for.

Carson MacPherson-Krutsky, PhD Candidate in Geosciences, Boise State University • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn't need to be partisan

When you ask Americans what the word 'science' brings to mind, a majority respond 'hope.' Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages.

Todd Newman, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus anti-vaxxers: one in six British people would refuse a vaccine – here's how to change their minds

Research on conspiracy theories can help people become receptive to health advice.

Darel Cookson, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Staffordshire University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

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The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

The new open access, rapid-review overlay journal aims to combat misinformation in Covid-19 research.

MIT Press • mit
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

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What you need to know about how coronavirus is changing science

Scientific results are being rushed out quicker than ever to fight coronavirus. Here's what you need to know about preprints, peer review and the difference between the two.

Marcus Munafo, Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

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