An unsystematic list of articles, etc. discussed at #UKCSJ, immortalized here for reference. I’m not telling how many of these I have/have not read. Please feel free to add more!
- Hot topic: Fred Pearce’s ‘climate wars’ coverage in the Guardian
- Mentioned: @hannahdev’s article, Science blogger finds errors in Met Office climate change records
- … Because it and every other news story neglected to show the corrected figures.
- Myles Allen’s http://climateprediction.net/
- Daniel MacArthur’s Genetic Future and Genomes Unzipped
- @elainewestwick’s excellent summary of this session
- PHG Foundation – interesting stuff
- Ed Yong’s writeup of his 23andme test
- Primo Levi, The Periodic Table
- That cancer story James Meek described
- Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant
- Making of the Atomic Bomb
- Dennis Overbye; in particular, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos
- Tim Birkhead, Promiscuity
- Steven Weinberg, Dreams of a Final Theory
- Interesting slide on evolution of media
- Sites to check out: Posterous, Audioboo, Andy Bull’s multimedia masterclasses
- Richard Hollingham’s How to Audioboo
Is free news killing science journalism?:
- New word: link bait journalism
- How to Save the News, the Atlantic
- Andrew Marr’s book, My Trade (mentioned in point about questions in headlines)
ABSW award – nominated articles:
Best news item
- Linda Geddes, ‘What if you had to decide in your 20s: A gene test available next year could tell women how long they can put off having children.’ Published in New Scientist.
- Mark Henderson, ‘Stem-cell hope for paralysed patients: Trials on human beings given the go-ahead in new ruling.’ Published in The Times. [link?]
- Robin McKie, ‘The most dangerous place in Europe: Last week the government announced plans for a new generation of nuclear plants. But Britain is still dealing with the legacy of its first nuclear installation at Sellafield – a terrifyingly toxic waste dump in ‘the most hazardous building in Europe’.’ Published in The Observer.
- John Travis, ‘Scientists Decry “Flawed” and “Horrifying” Nationality Tests: Scientists are greeting with surprise and dismay a project to use DNA and isotope analysis of tissue from asylum seekers to evaluate their nationality and help decide who can enter the United Kingdom.’ Published in Science.
- Leo Hickman, ‘Fake: WIRED meets the Dutch scientists racing to make in vitro meat the next billion-dollar industry.’ Published in Wired.
- Robin McKie, ‘Breathing lessons: This is what Emma Lake has to take every day to stay alive. But now a team of British scientists is on the verge of a evolutionary treatment that could extend her life by decades.’ Published in The Observer Magazine. (Is this it?)
- Helen Pearson, ‘One gene, twenty years: When the cystic fibrosis gene was found in 1989, therapy seemed around the corner. Two decades on, biologists still have a long way to go.’ Published in Nature.
- Angela Saini, Freelance, for ‘Guilty: People are being jailed after lie-detecting brain scans find them guilty.’ Published in Wired.
Best scripted/edited programme (podcast, radio, TV or online video)
- Geraldine Fitzgerald, Producer, Sue Broom, Presenter, BBC, for ‘The Naming of Genes’ broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
- Richard Hollingham, Freelance, and John Watkins, BBC, for ‘Frontiers: bioprecipitation’ broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
- Paul Olding, Producer/Director, Chris Granlund, Series Producer, Andrew Marr, Presenter, BBC, for ‘Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Life and Death’ broadcast on BBC 2 TV
- Nick Jordan, Producer/Director, Adam Rutherford, Presenter, Jacqueline Smith, Series Producer, BBC, for ‘The Cell’ a BBC Scotland Production broadcast on BBC 4 TV
Best investigative journalism
- Peter Aldhous, ‘How My Genome Was Hacked: If a New Scientist reporter’s DNA is vulnerable, so is yours.’ Published in New Scientist.
- Deborah Cohen, Assistant Editor, BMJ, Philip Carter, Producer, freelance, Tom Clarke, Reporter, Channel 4 News, for ‘Complications: tracking down the data on oseltamivir. A Cochrane group’s attempt to reproduce an analysis underpinning the use of oseltamivir in pandemic influenza hit a brick wall.’ Jointly reported in the BMJ and on Channel 4 News.
- Brian Deer, Freelance, for ‘Hidden records show MMR truth: A Sunday Times investigation has found that altered data was behind the decade-long scare over vaccination.’ Published in The Sunday Times.