How to communicate basic research in schools – a case study using Drosophila

0000-0001-8462-0271   By Andreas Prokop, PhD, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester   The Manchester Fly Facility maintains an objective-driven, long-term science communication initiative which started in 2011 and promotes the importance of

The Foot Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

0000-0001-8462-0271   How well do you know your body, inside and out? Appendix to adrenal glands, brain to biceps, cornea to cruciate ligaments–these are all pieces of our anatomy and we all have them. But

Science and art find common ground: the importance of storytelling

0000-0001-8462-0271   Readers of SciCommPLOS undoubtedly know that we are strong advocates of communicating science through storytelling. Over the last several months we have featured pieces on narrative communication to forge citizen-scientist relationships, on connecting

Perceptions of Science in America: Takeaways for Your SciComm

0000-0001-8462-0271 By Rose Hendricks, PhD, Researcher, FrameWorks Institute Sometimes it feels like much of the world is anti-science. GMO-free labels clutter our grocery stores, sea level rise threatens our coastlines, and some communities choose not

Recognizing “Spin” in the Scientific Literature

0000-0001-8462-0271 “The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down You can’t let go and you can’t hold on You can’t go back and you can’t stand still If the thunder don’t get you then

Connecting research communities through podcasts

0000-0001-8462-0271 Have you ever listened to a podcast? A pretty silly question these days, we admit. Not long ago, however, such a question wouldn’t have seemed odd. Over the last several years, podcasts have become

Opinion: We’re at War for Science Literacy, Not Against Faith

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-8462-0271   On January 18, 2018, House Bill 258 was introduced to the Alabama House of Representatives. As reported by the National Center for Science Education, if enacted, this bill would allow teachers to present

Using Evidence to Restructure Healthcare: Lessons for US Lawmakers from the UK

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-8462-0271 The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really

Why Medical Practitioners Should be Scientists and not Mechanics

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-8462-0271 Evolutionary theory unites all aspects of modern biology. So, wouldn’t you want your doctor to understand how evolutionary theory explains the development of drug resistance in bacteria? Or any other host of clinical ailments?