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Autistic traits, science and the nerd stereotype (Piotr Migdał, February 2016)

“There is a stereotype of scientists and engineers being aloof, unaware of social conventions and perhaps even exhibiting autistic traits. Recent research show that STEM students are indeed more autistic than the general population.” By Piotr Migdał, Ph.D., quantum physicist turned into a data science freelancer.

Science communication is no joke. But it should be (Dean Burnett, September 2015)

Some people in the scientific community think that humour shouldn’t be involved in communicating science. Here, Dr. Dean Burnett—who is a neuroscientist, stand-up comedian and belongs to the blog team of The Guardian–explains why they are wrong.

The Slow Death of the University Seminar (David Schultz, August 2015)

Online communication becomes more and more intense, but it seems that we spend less and less time in the same room. David Schultz, Professor of Synoptic Meteorology at the University of Manchester, mourns the slow death of the traditional university seminar.

Why scientists (even nonartists) should draw (Bethann G. Merkle, July 2015)

Drawing is not an archaic skill; it is an essential part of the modern scientist's toolkit. Science communicator/illustrator Bethann Garramon Merkle explains why.

Turning Brain Drain into Brain Circulation (Joanna Bagniewska, June 2015)

For many years Poland has experienced human capital flight, or “brain drain”. But this process is slowly becoming balanced by ”returnees”. The networking and communication skills of young members of the Polish scientific diaspora has played a crucial role. Joanna Bagniewska, zoologist and science disseminator, explains how.

What Scientists Can Learn From Designers (Matt Carter, May 2015)

According to neurobiologist Matt Carter, scientists often do a poor job at designing for example articles, scientific posters, and talks. But there are many core communication skills that could rather easily be acquired from professional designers.

Occupy Science! (Javier Rodríguez Laguna, April 2015)

‘Science is anarchist’ according to Javier Rodríguez Laguna, Researcher at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Yet it seems that ‘we have accepted to many unnescessary power structures’ Is it time for science to open up and follow in the tracks in the free software community?