The K-index compares the number of Twitter followers a scientist has with their citation metrics. It is used to call out “Science Kardashians” and nudge them to “get off Twitter” and write more papers.
The combination of knowledge and communication, along with a few other fundamental conditions such as liberty and respect, leads to social, cultural and technological development.
We may be losing out by not encouraging our students to learn or conduct their research in their mother tongues. However, there are reasons displacing English as our preferred language would be disastrous.
There is a perception that the organised scientific community has been “conspicuously” silent and that it was high time that changed and they started engaging with society.
Kip Thorne speaks about the history and legacy of the quest for gravitational waves, LIGO’s formative years and the importance of science communication.
‘A significant fraction of children who drop out may be those who refuse to compromise with non-comprehension. They are potentially superior to those who just memorise and do well in examinations, without comprehending very much!’
In this period of post-truths, it is untenable to have the progress of medicine and public health, as well as trust in science, be eroded by irresponsible sections of the media – either due to ignorance or conflicts of interest.
“Thanks to the Open Day, I got a chance to see and learn more about some of the concepts we studied in our text books,” said a school student from Mandya.
A successful photographer explores his way of helping scientists drive their questions forward instead of just documenting their work
D’Rozario made his most enduring contributions to science education and journalism, as well as to writing for children and publishing a science magazine for them.
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Evading science communication simply because it is difficult, time-consuming or not important enough reflects more on how much scientists value their own work and its place in posterity.
There is an onus on all of us to have a stake in the scientific enterprise, understand its philosophy and practice and see how well it may be put to use, to make us more prosperous and knowledgeable.
If the Pakistani government can make the import of telescopes and related accessories relatively pain-free, a whole new generation of astronomy enthusiasts will crop up in the country.
Sanjeev Dhurandhar is one of the giants of gravitational wave physics research worldwide, and has been leading the Indian research and experimental efforts in the area for three decades
Researchers must rely on journalists for their communication skills and the audience they reach. And journalists will play a crucial role in facilitating the ethical discussion around synthetic biology.
The congress was a gathering of a lot of people many of whom you didn’t know, a place with plenty of food, and a place where you did a lot of things to please others.
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