Tag Archives: science communication

Ten hundred words of science spreads like wildfire…and gets a Tumblr!

Wow. Wow. Wow. When I challenged you yesterday to explain geoscience (or any science) research using only the 1000 most common English words, I had no idea how many amazing responses I was going to get to read. It is … Continue reading

Categories: public science

Explaining geoscience using only the 10 hundred most common words

Take the challenge and join the growing list of scientists explaining their discipline using only 1000 common words. Continue reading

Categories: academic life, public science, science education

On the L’Aquila trial verdict: earthquake safety is about door locks, not fire alarms

Imagine that one day, an apartment block in a major city catches fire. The fire brigade arrive too late, and the whole block burns down with people still trapped inside. An investigation reveals that the building’s fire alarm system was … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, society

Not to scale

Like all geologists, I’m a great fan of scale bars. Except, it seems, on some of my figures… Continue reading

Categories: geology, public science, science education

How to (and how not to) talk about earthquake hazards in the media

Susan Hough: take a bow. Simon Winchester: don’t. Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, ranting