orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771Developing a coherent understanding of a scientific idea is neither trivial nor easy and it is counter-productive to pretend that it is. For some time now the idea of “active learning” (as if there is
What can the anti-vaccination movement teach us about improving the public’s understanding of science?
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771Guest post by Jeanne Garbarino, PhD The ubiquitous impact of science-based information and technologies in everyday life suggests that misunderstanding how science works can have serious consequences. Yet people’s decisions and strongly held beliefs are
In an age of rampant narcissism and social cheating – the importance of teaching social evolutionary mechanisms.
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771As socioeconomic inequality grows, the publicly acknowledged importance of traits such as honesty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and reciprocity appears to have fallen out of favor with some of our socio-economic and political elites. How many people
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771By Mike Klymkowsky Recent political events and the proliferation of “fake news” and the apparent futility of fact checking in the public domain have led me to obsess about the role played by the public presentation
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771By Mike Klymkowsky Stochastic processes are often presented in terms of random, that is unpredictable, events. This framing obscures the reality that stochastic processes, while more or less unpredictable at the level of individual events,
The greatest validation of scientific contribution is a peer-reviewed academic publication. But the face of academic publishing is changing as traditional journal publishers have come under attack from proponents of open access, which could change
orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771PLOSBLOGS welcomes biology researcher, PLOS Biology author and PLOS ONE Academic Editor Mike Klymkowsky as our new Sci-Ed blog team leader and blogger. For more about Mike’s work click on “About this Blog,” above. By
One recent Supreme Court decision with a huge implication for the future of science was the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. In a unanimous ruling, the Court stated that human genes may not
Back in 2007, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Britain ruled that the oral health manufacturing giant Colgate could not use its claim that “More than 80% Of Dentists recommend Colgate” or that its brand
In my previous post about Zika, I mentioned a lingering question of whether the virus or a larvicide was the cause for microcephaly birth defects. At the 2016 AAAS meeting I discussed in that post, I