Articles published on the lives and work of Janaki Ammal, Anna Mani, Yashpal and Pushpa Mittra Bhargava exhibited gendered biases in terms of how they treated their subjects.
Nautilus, the luxe online and print magazine covering science and ideas, has struggled to pay its writers. Now those writers are striking back.
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.
Daylighting this declining trend in readability should remind scientists that their choice of words is just as important as their decisions about data collection and statistics.
Scientific papers are meant to be communication tools – and yet hardly anyone can understand them, not even other scientists.
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.
At the outset, the study had a lot going for it: Harvard scientists, paper published in a fancy journal, etc. But most coverage ignored two key issues with it.
Because not all science that happens is covered; not all science that is covered is consumed; and not all science that is consumed is remembered.
The ideal of ‘speaking truth to power’ that sections of the media cherish is preceded for science journalism in India by the ideals of ‘speaking’ first and then ‘speaking truth’ second.
Many articles are beginning to deal with objects that may not exist but are worth writing about because of hope. Has this prompted science writers to think about their writing?
Studies have found that bloated claims in news reports are often simply carried over from university and journal press releases, which are approved by scientists.
Two science journalists have discovered that even though women are doing all kinds of research, there is a visible lack of women scientists in the country.
ISRO scientists have separately claimed that data from a CartoSat satellite was used to assist with the surgical strikes and that they invented the lightest material ever. Why were these claims made?
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.
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