Monthly Archives: March 2013

Questioning – using ‘why’

It may seem random, but I am interested in ‘questioning’ and saw this article by Galina B. Bolden & Jeffrey D. Robinson on the topic. According to these authors, “In conversation, the action of directly asking someone to account for … Continue reading

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“early learning can have lasting, even accumulating, consequences for the life course”

In a really interesting review of adolescent studies, Robert Crosnoe and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson point out that longitudinal studies are really only now becoming a resource to inform our understanding of adolescence. Citing one of these, they explain how important early … Continue reading

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Science and the media – Cribb and Sari again

In their book, Open Science, Cribb and Sari consider the need for open science communication (and how to achieve it). It’s a really great book – especially for scientists or journalists (and anyone else involved in the shift from scientific … Continue reading

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statements of the bleedin’ obvious – Cribb and Sari still

“Another common error in science writing is the use of ‘statements of the bleedin’ obvious’. Poorly written science articles often begin with one of these (perhaps because scientific papers usually do, as they proceed from what is well known to … Continue reading

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the origins of 1940s bar code technologies

slightly random perhaps, but interesting: Amoore writes that “the origins of 1940s bar code technologies lie in the communication techniques of Morse code. Historical records of early bar code techniques describe a graduate student, Joseph Woodland, marking the dots and dashes of … Continue reading

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(seriously) excessive TV viewing in childhood is associated with increased antisocial behavior in early adulthood

I haven’t had a chance to read this through, but the abstract alone is pretty eye-catching… (and its a New Zealand study!) In a study published this year, Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally and Robert J. Hancox write: “abstract … Continue reading

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Words are never transparent

“One does not look through writing onto reality – as through a clean or dirty window-pane. Words are never transparent. They create their own space, the space of experience, not that of existence… Clarity, in my view, is the gift … Continue reading

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Entertaining science

…still working on Cribb and Sari’s Open Science: “Good science writing contains passion. In this respect it is quite unlike scientific writing, where the goal is to be objective and engage the reader’s mind through fact alone. Science writing seeks to … Continue reading

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Science is…

“Science is all about asking questions and seeking answers to them….” (p.27) Ref: Julian Cribb and Tjempaka Sari (2010) Open Science: sharing knowledge in the global century. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood

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War and science in the 20th century

The aforementioned Julian Cribb and Tjempaka Sari point out: “…ordinary people are required to pay for science through their taxes, but are often denied information about it, or have little say over its application and control – and are then … Continue reading

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