Strong opinion, deep reflection. Stuff to make you think.

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Science: autocracy or democracy?

It’s time to tear down the wall between the scientific community and the outside world. James Beggs, PhD student at University of Southampton, addresses the issue in a column.
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Anti-vax father gets a lecture from his daughter – who happens to be a science blogger

Science blogger Tara C. Smith recently wrote an open letter to her father ”on the occasion of his recent anti-vax Facebook postings”.
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PhD Survival Guide from Flowing Data blogger

Nathan Yau, the statistician that runs the blog Flowing Data, recently wrote a ”Survival Guide to Starting and Finishing a PhD”. Tips on making it through, what I would tell my previous self going in, and advice on taking advantage of…

Communication Crisis in science?

In a text that has attracted much attention, David Rubenson from Stanford Cancer Institute makes the provocative statement that scientists ”don't communicate well with each other”. Do you agree?
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E.O. Wilson: ”The world needs [young scientists], badly”

E.O. Wilson, legendary scientist in the fields of e.g. sociobiology and myrmecology (the study of ants), is an excellent science communicator. For example, he has won the Pulitzer Prize twice in the category for General Non-Fiction. I…