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14 June 2018
By Shane M Hanlon One of our favorite parts of our annual meeting is the Up-Goer 5 session that we host. Every year, scientists explain their research using the 1000 (ten-hundred) most common words in the English language. The results are fun, silly, heartfelt, surprising, and overall a great time. We’re doing it again this year and we want YOU to submit an abstract. Here’s the session: ED055: The Up-Goer …
7 May 2018
On March 19, in a grassy enclosure at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, a northern white rhinoceros named Sudan died. He was the last of his kind.
23 April 2018
By Sonia Stephens How can we build better tools to communicate about coastal risks? As a technical communicator, I’m interested in how we can make scientific information more understandable and meaningful for different audiences. One of the things I study is how interactive risk visualization tools are made. That is, I study how these tools are developed: who does the design and development, what choices they make about design and …
2 April 2018
When I tell someone that I’m part of a research team at NASA, I’m immediately met with stunned silence that is followed up with a confusing look. I wait, anticipating the inevitable question that arises as they look me up and down and say, “Wait, how old are you?”
26 March 2018
As a scientist whose research required lying face-down in muddy salt marshes to search for itty-bitty marine snail eggs, I was often asked by casual onlookers, “Why the heck are you doing THAT?”
12 March 2018
Where were you during the 2017 solar eclipse? These citizens were being scientists.
5 February 2018
Teachers get an opportunity to see and do science at the south pole.
31 January 2018
By Sam Illingworth Following on from my previous post, in which I described the process of curating a book of poetry about climate change, I would now like to share with you a collection of the poems that feature in A Change of Climate. Some of the poems in this collection are sad, some of them are funny, and some of them like ‘We are no longer interested in the …
29 January 2018
By Sam Illingworth Climate change is real. It is happening now. It affects all of us. And the only way that we can mitigate its effects in a meaningful fashion is to take collective action. Part of the challenge that we face in mobilising this collective action is in convincing people from currently less affected areas that climate change is right now, this second, responsible for the destruction of thousands …