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Crastina Column, June–July 2017: Being a proud intermediary

“I’m specialised in understanding three things: firstly the subject itself, and secondly the perspectives of the two groups that I serve, i.e. senders and receivers.” So says Fredrik Saarkoppel, Swedish freelance illustrator with many…
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Darwinopterus settles in at Lapworth Museum of Geology in Birmingham

A pterosaur acting as your museum guide – that is the elegant setting of a promotional video from Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham. “Trying new ways of filming is all part of the process of learning what your perspective…

Doodler and graphic recorder Dr. Jess Wade: “making art should be part of your lab report”

Jess Wade, postdoc in physics at Imperial Collage, has taken her personal doodling to the next level and become a graphic recorder. In this way, she can combine two of her passions – science communication and art. On Twitter, she lets…

Stelum – a new platform for brief and simple explanations

A multinational team, lead by Vienna-based Dmitry and Alex Chekh, is currently preparing the launch of a new kind of knowledge resource on the web. Stelum is an online collaborative platform for short explanations to which anyone can contribute.…

Crastina Column, April 2017: Lamenting the wordiness of learned people

“Text, text, everywhere, Nor any message to get.” Paraphrasing Coleridge, we introduce  this month’s theme: ”short & punchy”. Our column writer is Olle Bergman, Swedish freelance writer and project leader of Crastina.  Exhibit…

Kelley Swain, Poet-in-Residence in Oxford: “I will never become bored with writing poetry about natural history”

During 2016, Kelley Swain has been one of three poets in residence at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. “It’s a safe bet that poets will be interested in being ‘in residence’ at your institution,” she says.  The…

Using poetic verse for scientific abstracts – a study by Sam Illingworth

Can the accessibility of a scientific article be improved if the original abstract is interpreted in poetic verse? Sam Illingworth – SciComm teacher at Manchester University and  science poet – recently decided to explore this. The…