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Record of the Week (Week of 3rd November 2014)

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After a bit of a hiatus, I return with what’s going to be a bit shorter (from now on) ‘Record of the Week’ where I summarize some of the articles related to the issues of science, technology and society that caught my attention during the past week. I hope you too find them of interest and/or of use.

Citizen Science

SciStarter – Groundbreaking Air Quality Study Demonstrates the Power of Citizen Science

Climate Change

Climatica – In brief: the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report

Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit – Embracing the elephant: the IPCC and fossil fuels

The Guardian – Poland rejects IPCC target of zero emissions by 2100

Ebola

Open Culture – The Ebola Virus Explained with Animated Video

Geography

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers – The tactile topologies of Contagion

Science

Brain Pickings – Bill Nye on Evolution and the Science of Creation: A Reading

The Guardian – Biological warfare flares up again between EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins

R&D Management – Scientists’ commitment to underperforming research projects: linking past success and the social environment

Science Communication

Plainspoken Scientist (AGU blog) – Doodling in Science Class: Using Stick Figure Animations to Explain Complex Science

Science Communication – Popular Climate Science and Painless Consumer Choices: Communicating Climate Change in the Hot Pink Flamingos Exhibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

Synthetic Biology

Making Science Public – Making synthetic biology public: Challenges and responsibilities

Other Round Ups

Not Exactly Rocket Science – I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (08 November 2014)

Record of the Week (Week of 16 June 2014)

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This weeks round up includes articles on energy, fracking, social media, science communication and more.

ENERGY

The Atlantic – Coal’s Share of Energy Consumption at Highest Level Since 1970

Climate Central –

The Guardian – UK government gives green light to offshore windfarm

Manchester Policy Blogs (Science & Technology) – Wasting the biomass opportunity

FRACKING

The Guardian –

FUKUSHIMA

The Guardian – Fukushima operator struggles to build ice wall to contain radioactive water

Risk Analysis – Managing the Fukushima Challenge

GM

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience blog – A new approach to governing GM crops? Global lessons from the rising powers

IMPACT

LSE Impact blog – There are no blueprints for policy impact, but you can improve your chances by being flexible and iterative

SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

Retraction Watch – “Barriers to retraction may impede correction of the literature:” New study

SCIENCE – RESEARCH

The Guardian (Impact of Research Hub) – ‘DIY labs offer an agile alternative to university-based research’

LSE Impact blog – Surely there’s more to science than money? Economic determinism fails to capture science’s practical social benefit.

SCIENCE – COMMUNICATION

Cultural Cognition Project blog – External validity of climate-science-communication studies: ruminations part 1

Dot Earth blog – Exploring Academia’s Role in Charting Paths to a ‘Good’ Anthropocene

Talking Climate – The language that leaves people behind

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Guardian (Film blog) – How Twitter killed the official movie website

STEM

Work in Progress blog – Why does John get the STEM job rather than Jennifer? The Implicit Gender Biases of Scientists

WORLD CUP

Fast Co. Design – The Curious History of the World Cup Soccer Ball

New York Times – The World’s Ball

OTHER ROUND UPS

BPS Research Digest – Link feast (psychology and neuroscience links from the past week)

The Bubble Chamber – Weekly Roundup

LSE Impact blog – Impact Round-Up 21st June: Universities as big business, coding the future, and openings in knowledge production.

National Geographic (Not Exactly Rocket Science) – I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (21 June 2014)

Retraction Watch – Weekend reads: Scientific fraudster given royal honor; the Retraction Watch theme song!

Savage Minds – Around the Web Digest: Week of June 15

Somatosphere – In the Journals, June 2014 – Part I

Record of the Week (Week of 5 May 2014)

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Science, technology and society literature round up from the week commencing with 5th of May.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Savage Minds – Anthropologists as Hipsters

Somatosphere – Heart 

BIG DATA

Harvard Business Review blog – Rethinking Big Data to Give Consumers More Control

CITIZEN SCIENCE

SciStarter blog – A Coming of Age for Citizen Science [OP-ED]

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Breakthrough Institute – The Conservative Case for Climate Policy

AGU’s ‘The Bridge’ blog –

Climate Central –

The Guardian – Climate change making food crops less nutritious, research finds

CONSERVATION

The Breakthrough Institute – Marine Biodiversity is the New Frontier of Conservation

DATA VISUALIZATION

Harvard Business Review blog –

DIGITAL HUMANITIES

LSE Impact blog – Digital humanities platforms set to challenge technical barriers to digital research skills development.

ENERGY

The Guardian – UK energy too cheap, says study

ENVIRONMENT

The Breakthrough Institute (Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger) – Moderate Environmentalists Go Nuclear

FRACKING

Grist –

OPEN ACCESS

Cultural Anthropology – OPENING ACCESS: Publics, Publication, and a Path to Inclusion

The Scholarly Kitchen – A Modest Proposal for Scaled-up Open Access

SCIENCE

Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE) – New CaSE report: Improving diversity in STEM

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

AGU’s ‘The Plainspoken Scientist’ blog – Crafting Your Own Visuals for Science Communication: Part I

Speakers of Science – Priorities in SciComm – Taking Science Out of the “Cultural Ghetto”

Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing (CASTAC) blog – Cosmos: A Spacetime Conversation

SCIENCE EDUCATION

Cultural Studies of Science Education – STEM policy and science education: scientistic curriculum and sociopolitical silences
SCIENCE IMPACT

Atheinterface blog – 20p for every pound: the value of the UK’s science base

SCIENCE POLICY

Manchester Policy Blogs: Science & Technology – Policy, partnerships, collaborations; laying the foundations for graphene city

Compass Blogs – Balancing Act: Finding a Place for Policy Engagement

SOCIAL MEDIA

Don’t Get Caught (Communications blog) – What my first tweet–and yours–can teach you about Twitter

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog – Twitter and wildfires: Microblogging emergency information

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology – Real-time classification of twitter trends

The New York Times – Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

Social Media Collective Research blog – Adding the bling: The role of social media data intermediaries

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

The Guardian’s ‘Political Science’ blog – Don’t shut the door on the synthetic biology debate

Inter-Academy Panel – IAP releases Statement on Synthetic Biology

OTHER ROUND UPS

The Bubble Chamber – Weekly Roundup – Supersized

Don’t Get Caught (Communications blog) – The Weekend Read

Journalist’s Resource – Gender, education and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa: Research roundup

LSE Impact blog – Impact Round Up 10th May: Reputational gaps, registered reports, and serendipity in research.

Nieman Journalism Lab – This Week in Review: Weak net neutrality and stifled startups, and a glimpse of U.S. journalists

PLoS Blogs ‘CIitizenSci – Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Weekly Roundup

Savage Minds – Around the Web Digest: Week of May 4

Speakers of Science – Reads of the Week 9 May 2014