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"When cues clarifying the political stakes of nanotechnology are made available, individuals are willing to read information from countervailing sources. When such cues are lacking, however, individuals avoid incongruent information and opt for headlines from attitude consistent sources."

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New piece in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science with +Sara K. Yeo, +Michael Xenos, +Dominique Brossard ...
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I'm sickened to hear of the cowardly murders of journalists, cartoonists and police in Paris.
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"We are now entering a time of research developments, technological innovation and policy development where it is not only possible to peer review scientific ideas, but also to discuss possible consequences before the work is done. Could such a discussion not only focus on the merits of the science in question, feasibility and value for money, but also the impact of success on society as a whole?"
If it was possible, then the extension of "the internet of things" to "the internet of biology" e.g., bacteria, molds, plants and crops should also be possible -- in fact all living things could be networked and online....
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Why are online comments a wicked problem? And are you to blame?
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"Science communication cannot exist in a vacuum, however. When talking about vaccination you have to consider parents’ instinct to protect their children from any threat, real or perceived."
The art of science communication is to pitch something as complicated as quantum mechanics in a way that is not only engaging but also faithful to the evidence
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“Picking yourself off the ground and starting over again is predictive of who‘s going to be a good scientist – how do you respond to failure.”

Good academic career advice from Cornell University's Tom Gilovich ... 
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PARIS—Following the fatal terrorist attack Wednesday at the offices of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, sources confirmed this afternoon that it is sadly not yet clear whether this very article will ultimately put human lives at risk. 
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Title says it all ...
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WASHINGTON—Expressing dissatisfaction with the current course the country is taking, voters across the nation told reporters Monday that they are eager to use next month’s midterm elections to help put the United States back on a different wro...
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"People have as much access to information — including from trusted sources — as ever before, but they are also are enmeshed in networks, on Facebook and elsewhere, that might serve them heaping doses of panic rather than some much-needed perspective."
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"Genetically modified organisms are ancient, technologically speaking ... farmers have had access to them since 1996. But there's a new technology on the scene, adding a twist to the already complicated conversation about GMOs in our food: synthetic biology."
Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.
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John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication
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Dietram A. Scheufele holds the John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication at the +University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is Co-PI of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. He has published over 130 peer-refereed articles, book chapters and monographs dealing with public opinion on emerging technologies and the political effects of mass communication.

Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at +Cornell University a Shorenstein fellow at +Harvard University, and -- most recently -- a DAAD Visiting Professor at the +Technische Universität Dresden.  His consulting experience includes work for PBS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other corporate and public sector clients in China, Malaysia, the U.A.E., and the U.S.

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