Uncertainty in science communication: Include it or lose it?

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Alice Fleerackers, Science in Society editor How long will physical distancing measures last? Should we all be wearing masks? When will there be a vaccine? These are just some of the questions that have been circulating online since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a deadly new virus threatens to turn our world upside […]

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Alice Fleerackers, Science in Society editor

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Alice Fleerackers is a freelance writer, a researcher at the ScholCommLab, the Communications Officer at Art the Science, and a Science and Society editor at Science Borealis. She’s also a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, where she is working under the supervision of Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin to explore how controversial science is communicated […]

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Reflections of a Science Borealis subject editor

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society editor I started at Science Borealis in winter 2016, when I was four months into my Masters program. There was a call for subject editors; I looked at several positions, and ended up in the Science in Society role, where I’ve been for more than three years. Here, I’ll try […]

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Ethanol: A cocktail drink and a clean and sustainable fuel for your car

Sunitha Chari, Biology & Life Sciences co-editor While horse-drawn carriages are a quaint reminder of Victorian England, the internal combustion engine that powers our automobiles is one of the most significant inventions of the 19th century. There are approximately 34 million motor vehicles in Canada. While some are public or shared transport, it is not uncommon […]

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The psychology of soundbites

Erin Zimmerman, Science in Society co-editor “Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”             —George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946) Political […]

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