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An astronomer by any other name

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. In that time a lot has happened. At the end of March this year my contract as the Deputy Gemini Scientist at the Australian Astronomical Observatory ended, and for personal reasons (not least … Continue reading

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Why statistics literacy is just as important as science literacy

I’ve recently written about science literacy, which is a major problem in Western society (at least) and has been written about a lot. What has barely been discussed is the issue of statistics literacy: in general, the public’s understanding of … Continue reading

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Scientific literacy in an age of (mis)information

There has been an ongoing discussion about how to improve scientific literacy in the broader community. In part this is in response to the attack on science in recent years, over things such as climate science, genetically modified food, nanotechnology, … Continue reading

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Why I hate science by press release

I read today about another exoplanet that is high up on the Earth Similarity Index, meaning it has a reasonable likelihood that it is habitable. By habitable, we normally mean that it’s at the right distance from the star that … Continue reading

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How many stars can you see in the night sky?

The real answer to this question depends of course on where you are when you’re looking – and it can be quite depressing. But this is an “out of the mouths of babes”-type story. Up to now I’ve focused on dealings with … Continue reading

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Why there’s no such thing as a stupid question

One of the reasons I love speaking to people about astronomy is the range of questions I get asked, from the basic to the obscure. I speak to a lot of people: many school students and amateur astronomers − they’re … Continue reading

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