I suspect applying for science outreach jobs may be affecting which things I’m linking today, but it does seem like a theme running through my newsfeeds at the moment.
- Marie-Claire Shanahan reviews Ankylosaur Attack by Daniel Loxton (a great-looking new children’s book about dinosaurs), and writes passionately about the importance of having science conversations with kids.
- The Guardian ran a piece that advocated journalists using science sources to copy-check their articles. Seth Mnookin righteously smacks that idea down. The post is long, but completely worth reading through: he covers the whole story in detail, including a lot of thoughts from across the spectrum of science writing. Go ye and read it.
- Speaking of science journalism, Bora Zivkovic reposted an article from a few months ago, detailing a conversation about the role of science writing in public science education. (Full disclosure: I participated in said conversation, and wrote a post about it which is linked in Bora’s article. I think we have created OuroBoras, the blogger that eats his own tail.)
- On a lighter note, Kevin Zelnio takes Brian Switek to task for dumping a cold bucket of reality over the “Triassic kraken” story.
- Update: I intended to include this link, but my brain is evidently elsewhere. Lauren (AKA @PygmyLoris on Twitter) writes about the stupidity of separating science toys into “everyone”, “boy”, and (inevitably pink-packaged) “girl” categories. Why can’t girls play with robot and dino toys?