Month: April 2014

Record of the Week (Week of 14 April 2014)

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This week’s science, technology and society (STS) literature round up includes but is not limited to articles on climate change, social media as well as science communication.


Ars Technica – “Hockey stick” climate scientist’s e-mail protected from disclosure

The Atlantic – How to Tap Latent Conservative Support for Climate-Change Policy

The Breakthrough Institute – Preaching to the Climate Converted: Why Showtime’s “Years” Is Unlikely to Reach Non-Believers

The Bubble Chamber – Twice Is Nice! Double counting evidence in climate model confirmation

Climatica – Mitigating climate change – The IPCC WGIII report

Damian Carrington’s Envrionment Blog – IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation’s greatest journey

Dot Earth blog – A Risk Analyst Explains Why Climate Change Risk Misperception Doesn’t Necessarily Matter

Tallking Climate –

Nature – IPCC report under fire

New Scientist –

Yale Forum on Climate Change –


Open Culture – “The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story


Journalist’s Resource – Research chat: Peter Singer on cybersecurity and what the media needs to know


HBR Blog Network – The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization


Culture Digitally – Beyond surveillance fridges and socialized power drills: social media and the financialization of everyday life

Information, Communication & Society – Digital culture industry: a history of digital distribution


Slate – Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University?


The Atlantic –

New York Times – Dual Turning Point for Biofuels

Science & Technology Studies 27(1) out now – SPECIAL ISSUE: Energy in Society. Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society


Goodnight Earth blog – Hold the drill! Fracking emitting more methane than previously thought


Food and Geography – What’s the Situation With Protected Food Names in Norway?


The Atlantic – In Medical Decisions, Dread Is Worse Than Fear

New York Times Health – E-Cigarettes Are Targeted At Youths, Report Says

Social Science & Medicine – Cultures of resistance? A Bourdieusian analysis of doctors’ antibiotic prescribing


KMbeing blog – Community-University Engagement & University Reforms


Studies in Higher Education – Impacts of academic R&D on high-tech manufacturing products: tentative evidence from supercomputer data


New Scientist – When the internet dies, meet the meshnet that survives


Savage Minds – Open access is organic: on the Journal of Material Culture

Scholarly Kitchen blog – Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences: An Interview with Chris Wickham

LSE Impact blog – To argue against open access on the grounds that it damages the reach of research is to undersell research.


Brain Pickings – Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics 


LSE Impact Blog – Clicking on the real: telling stories and engaging audiences through interactive documentaries.


Cultural Cognition Project blog – Vaccine risk perceptions and risk communication: study conclusions & recommendations

Manchester Policy Blog: Science and Technology – Back to the future; the recurring patterns of flooding in the UK

Risk: Reason and Reality – The Great Portland Pee. The Psychological Power of Disgust That Discourages Water Recycling


Just Publics @365 – Scholarly Communication eBook 


Somatosphere – Putting Science in its Place


Cultural Cognition Project blog – Want to improve climate-science communication (I mean really, seriously)? Stop telling just-so stories & conducting “messaging” experiments on MTurk workers & female NYU undergraduates & use genuine evidence-based methods in field settings instead

Public Health Science Communication 2.0 – Pregnancy Science Communication

Science Borealis – Creative credit: media use across the web

SciLogs’ Communication Breakdown blog – The News Release Is Dead, Long Live the News Release

The Guardian – How to create a successful science blog


R&D Management – The work motivation of research scientists and its effect on research performance

Studies in Higher Education – Impacts of academic R&D on high-tech manufacturing products: tentative evidence from supercomputer data


The Sociological Imagination – How to be a blogger without having your own blog

Information, Communication & Society – Understanding micro-processes of community building and mutual learning on Twitter: a ‘small data’ approach

LSE Impact blog – Five ways libraries are using Instagram to share collections and draw public interest.

NeuroView – The Vacuum Shouts Back: Postpublication Peer Review on Social Media

New Scientist – Wikipedia searches and sick tweets predict flu cases

The Sociological Imagination – Richard Dawkins, Twitter and the dangers of thinking aloud Edit

Journalist’s Resource – The Boston Marathon bombing: From emergency medicine to Twitter communications, what research has found 

Research to Action – Why You Need To Get On Social Media, Like, Yesterday


The Atlantic – Porn Stars and ’90s Dads: This Week’s Best Pop Culture Writing

Don’t Get Caught – The Weekend Read

The Lancet – This Week in Medicine (19-25 April)

Carl Zimmer’s The Loom – Weekend Reading: The Long Road to Ancient DNA, and Gene-Stealing Ferns

Nieman Journalism Lab – This Week in Review: Making sense of the Pulitzers, and a new daily paper in Los Angeles

Retraction Watch – Weekend reads: How to rescue science, what “censorship” really means, worst paper of the year?

Savage Minds – Around the Web Digest: Week of April 13

SciLogs’ ‘Six Incredible Things before Breakfast’ blog –  Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014

Speakers of Science blog – Read of the Week April 17 2014 – Science Writing, Climate Change and News Releases

Record of the Week (Week of 7 April 2014)

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Here is a round up of ‪#science‬, ‪‎technology‬, and ‪‎society‬ (‪#STS‬) literature from the week of 7 April 2014.


Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) blog – What Does it Mean to do Anthropology in the Anthropocene?

Savage Minds – Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics, and Linguistic Anthropology

Somatosphere – Bleach


Breakthrough Institute –

Climate Central –

Dot Earth blog – Nations’ Handling of New Climate Report Presages Divisions in Treaty Effort

Environmental History – Forum: Climate Change and Environmental History

Making Science Public blog –

Open Culture – Watch Episode 1 of Years of Living Dangerously, The New Showtime Series on Climate Change [VIDEO]

PloS One – Climate Change on Twitter: Topics, Communities and Conversations about the 2013 IPCC Working Group 1 Report [OPEN ACCESS]

Risk: Reason and Reality – The Lack of Public Concern About Climate Change. How Much Do We Need to Care, How Much People Care?

The Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media –


Culture Digitally –
Capture, Fixation and Conversation: How The Matrix Has You and Will Sell You – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


Alliance for Useful Evidence –


Geography Directions – The Story of Stilton Cheese: Place-based Production and the Protected Food Names System


Guardian’s Political Science blog – Will the medical establishment stop investing in fossil fuels?


The Guardian – Why UK universities shouldn’t be hostile to alternative economic models

LSE Impact Blog –

Universities UK blog – University-business collaboration – what the latest HE-BCI release tells us (and what it doesn’t)


Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy – Opening the Black Box: The Social Outcomes of Scientific Research


Open Culture – Human, All Too Human: 3-Part Documentary Profiles Nietzsche, Heidegger & Sartre [VIDEO]


Guardian’s Higher Education Network – Can engaging with the public help your career in academia?

LSE Impact Blog – The lack of reward mechanisms for public scholarship severely limits the future of public engagement in the academy.


Journal of the Association for the Information Science and Technology – Finding knowledge paths among scientific disciplines

Just Publics @365 – Engaging Academics and Reimagining Scholarly Communication for the Public Good: A Report

The Scholarly Kitchen –

The Sociological Imagination – Using Slideshare and Prezi to disseminate your work


Canadian Science Writers’ Association blog – You Ask, I Answer: A Day in a Life of Ask-A-Scientist

The Guardian –

The Plainspoken Scientist blog – How climate modelers became calendar models

Open Culture – Watch Episode #5 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: Unlocking the Mysteries of Light (US Viewers) [VIDEO]

Slate – Stephen Colbert Is the Best Source of Science on TV


British Ecological Society blog –

PloS One – Differential Impact of Science Policy on Subfields of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research [OPEN ACCESS]

Research to Action – A Training Workbook: Communication Methods and Scientific Advocacy


FrogHeart blog – What is responsible science?

The Telegraph – Obsession with health and safety is killing science, claims James Lovelock


Just Publics @365 – Social Media Toolkit

LSE Impact Blog – Five ways universities are using Instagram

Slate – The Nun Who Got Addicted to Twitter

The Sociological Imagination – Patrick Dunleavy on the Republic of Blogs

University Affairs – University leaders reach out through social media


Open Culture – How to Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: An Online Course by Michigan State


Don’t Get Caught blog – The Weekend read

Ed Yong’s ‘Not Exactly Rocket Science’ blog – I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (12 April 2014)

LSE Impact Blog – Impact Round-Up 12th April: Academese, #datadramas, and how not to think about the humanities.

Nieman Journalism Lab – This Week in Review: Vox and the wonk boom, and Comcast defends its TWC merger plans

Retraction Watch – Weekend reads: Problems with a Science paper, how to cite properly (and improperly)

Savage Minds – Around the Web Digest: Week of April 6

Social Media Examiner – Twitter’s New Web Profile: This Week in Social Media

Speakers of Science blog – Reads of the week April 11 2014 – Mosquitos, bad science, science journalism and more!


**Last Edited: 15 April 2014**


Record of the Week (Week of 31 March 2014)

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Another dose of science, technology and society (STS) literature with extended section on the latest IPCC climate change report.

(Apologies for the formatting. It looks all fine in the edit post window but the final is a bit off. Not sure why.)


UK Parliamentary Science & Technology Committee – Eighth Report – Communicating climate science Volume 1, Volume 2, PDF

Talk Climate – ‘Must try harder’ on climate change communication

Climate Change Consortium of Wales – Communicating climate science report released


Ars Technica – New IPCC report on climate change focuses on managing risks

Damian Carrington’s Environment blog – Climate change action is the best insurance policy in world history

NPR – Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives [with AUDIO]

New York Times –  Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

New York Times ‘Dot Earth’ blog –

New Scientist –

The Washington Post – U.N. climate panel: Governments, businesses need to take action now against growing risks [VIDEO]

BBC News –

The Guardian – Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind – IPCC report

Dot Earth blog – Climate Panel Sees Global Warming Impacts on All Continents, Worse to Come

Climate Desk – If This Terrifying Report Doesn’t Wake You Up to the Realities of What We’re Doing to This Planet, What Will?

Climate Central – Climate Change Impacts in Pictures: 8 Stark IPCC Images

CLIMATE CHANGE – after IPCC report

The Breakthrough Institutes ‘The Public Square’- What Role for Experts in the Climate Debate? Balancing Trust, Advocacy, and Social Change

The Lancet – Climate change and health: on the latest IPCC report

Science Media Centre (UK) – expert reaction to IPCC AR5 WG2

British Ecological Society (BES) blog – Climate Change: The Scientific View

Nature – Brace for impacts

Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media – Major News Outlets: Somber Reporting on ‘Bleak’ IPCC Study

Inside Climate News – Climate Impacts Are Going to Hit the Developing World Hardest, IPCC Says

Dot Earth blog – U.N. Climate Report Authors Answer 11 Basic Questions

Climate Desk – Frame Climate Change as a Food Issue, Experts Say


Globe and Mail – Oil-sands link to health concerns, report says


Globe and Mail – Exxon Mobil agrees to share more data on fracking risks

Inside Climate News – Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds

Climate Central – Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

Somatosphere – Petri Dish
Compass Blogs – Finding Your Voice
Science Media Centre (UK) – Media debates on science: delicately balanced
Climate Change Consortium of Wales – Science on a Sphere for Wales
‘Unmuzzdled Science’ blog – A case for Government Science outreach
British Ecological Society blog –
Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) blog –

Ars Technica – Japan’s whaling “not for scientific purposes,” must cease

Dot Earth – A Whale of an International Court Ruling Against Japan


The Bubble Chamber – Weekly roundup

Don’t Get Caught – The weekend read

Ed Yong’s ‘Not Exactly Rocket Science’ blog – I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (05 April 2014)

The Lancet – This week in Medicine April 5-11 2014

LSE Impact blog – Impact Round-Up 5th April: Open access mandates, academic freedom, and homo academicus.

Nieman Journalism Lab – This Week in Review: Local news innovation and Thunderdome, and Facebook’s brand clampdown

Retraction Watch – Weekend reads: Former ORI director speaks out; Is peer review broken?

Savage Minds – Around the Web Digest: Week of May 30

Sociological Images – This month in socimages (March 2014)

Speakers of Science blog – Reads of the Week April 4, 2014 – bees, science journalism and beat box rhythms!


**Last updated 7 April 2014**