From today’s The New York Times: Taking the Rough-and-Tumble Approach to Science.
From the Social Market Foundation: Science, Risk and the Media: Do the front pages reflect reality?
PLoS Biology has an editorial about the embargo – Science in the News:
Perhaps science news, then, should not be considered a special case of the news. After all, unpublished, un-peer-reviewed science is covered in the news when it is presented at big scientific congresses. And the number of Web sites presenting un-peer-reviewed science abound. Lab blogs may not yet have made a widespread appearance; however, nothing but ingrained traditions of ascribing priority prevent scientists from sharing their data as they acquire it—as they already do, for instance, when sequencing genomes. Perhaps professional journalists covering science should be encouraged to do so when they become aware of a story, carrying the responsibility for conveying to the public the context and stage of the research project.
The Mill Hill Essays are published annually to promote science in society at large. They are written by members of staff of the National Institute for Medical Research, and are designed to be accessible to anyone with an interest in science and the natural
The Oxford Internet Institute is working on an interesting research project – The World Wide Web of Science: Emerging Global Sources of Expertise.
Have you seen postgenomic.com? “Postgenomic collates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data.”
There are many ways to attract students to science. The United States is experimenting with movies:
Movies make tough jobs – cowboy, detective, prostitute – look glamorous. Faced with a shortage of scientists and engineers, the US government hopes to attract newbies using the silver screen. In 2004, the Air Force Office of Science Research decided to get real-life researchers to develop film scripts, figuring that a blockbuster would make biochemistry boffo.
The European Commission is compiling a directory of Who’s who in the area of science and society throughout Europe. These “yellow pages” will be published at this web location.