Science communication — sorting fact from fiction
Here we're curating resources and article that will aid educators in looking at science communication and indeed science + society. Note these have a particular…
Climatologist Michael E Mann: 'Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes' – GUARDIAN
Michael E Mann rose to prominence in 1999 as the co-author of the “hockey-stick graph”, which showed the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial age. This was the clearest evidence anyone had provided of the link between human emissions and global warming. This made him a target. He and other scientists have been subject to “climategate” email hacking, personal abuse and online trolling. In his book, The New Climate War, he argues the tide may finally be turning in a hopeful ...
How the PCR test works and why it’s such a critical weapon against Covid-19
Misinformation about the effectiveness of the test is swirling, but in fact the PCR is both reliable and critical in taking on the virus, explains Siouxsie Wiles. I’ve been asked by several people in recent days whether there is any truth to a video about the Covid-19 PCR test that is currently doing the rounds on social media. I’m not linking to it, because it is chock full of false information...
Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Bridging the gap with someone who’s been pulled in by disinformation
Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris. Don’t approach the task as a battle to be won, but as a conversation to get to the underlying reasons why someone might have been susceptible to the false information in the first place. Last week marked 6 months since the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic. How the world has changed in that time. Here in Aotearoa we are doing a really good job of working together to save lives ...
Farewell to Sciblogs
by Siouxsie Wiles • 08/09/2020 It’s likely you’re being exposed to masses of Covid information on a daily basis, and not all of it will be reliable. Here are some tips for telling the difference, and stopping the spread. Thanks to Covid-19, most of us have a new word in our vocabulary. Epidemiology: the branch of medical science that deals with the who, what, when, where and how of a disease in a population. Now it’s time to learn about infodemiology. We humans are a curious and innovative spec