Read the catchy one-line statistics that circulate in the headlines and on social media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that public understanding of science is in a sorry state. Truth is, it’s not as bad it appears — a misconception fueled by the bad survey.
University of Oxford PhD student Andrew Bissette recently published a diatribe against the Internet's favorite form of looping media, arguing that science writers should not use GIFs to explain science. He's wrong. His heart is in the right place. His argument is even halfway sound. But he's wrong.
When Scientific American editor Michael Moyer was invited to appear on Fox & Friends, America's number-one-rated morning show, a producer asked him to talk about future scientific trends. Moyer said he wanted to talk about climate change. He was told to talk about something else.
Who was the person who first sparked your interest in science? It could be someone from your own life, a fictional character with a penchant for the lab, or a scientist whose work caught your interest.
Many of you have probably heard of Story Collider, a traveling show (and weekly podcast) that features compelling stories about science. Each story is unique in its own way. Some are hilarious. Others are gut-wrenching. But they're all stories – and that quality, more than anything, is what makes them so consistently…
Meet the latest front-runner in the ongoing battle over the title of "Most Amusing Figure to Appear in a Peer-Reviewed Journal."
Featured in the latest issue of Playboy is a totally engrossing profile — written by The Loom's Carl Zimmer — on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and one of the most highly regarded science communicators of our time.