Podcast: How blogs are changing science

One of my favourite podcasts to listen to is The Guardian‘s Science Weekly podcast. They recently (well, last month . . . I’m a little behind in my listening!) had a podcast titled How blogs are changing science. Their introduction to the podcast  . . .

In a special podcast from North Carolina, Alok Jha goes right to the heart of global science blogging at Science Online 2011.

Hundreds of scientists, students, journalists, librarians, bloggers and programmers met to discuss how the web is changing the way science is communicated, taught and carried out. Read more . . .

This was a general podcast featuring short “interviews” with some of the world’s top science bloggers. One thing that came across was what a perky and enthusiastic bunch of people they are! I was also surprised by how many of the names (and voices) were familiar to me from the other podcasts I listen to.

So if you’re a science geek and want some recommendations on who is good to read and listen to, listen to this podcast. Science Weekly has also put links to the top Science blogs here (scroll down).

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7 Comments on “Podcast: How blogs are changing science”

  1. jacquelincangro
    February 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely take a listen.

    • February 23, 2011 at 6:48 am #

      What is particularly interesting to me about science blogging is that it is a new way for scientists to communicate directly with the general public. When I was in scientific research we published science journal articles, but rarely wrote articles for e.g. popular magazines.

  2. February 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I will try listening to the podcast. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the recommendation. I will also check Willie’s response to my question about fishing–thanks, Lisa! Hope you are having a good Tuesday.
    Hugs from Haiti,

    • February 23, 2011 at 6:46 am #

      Hi Kathy! Not sure if you’ll find this interesting – it’s about science blogging specifically. But I have another podcast recommendation coming which I think you definitely will.

  3. February 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks for this, Lisa! It’s a fascinating idea and I’ve been wondering lately about the relationship between blogging as a literary act and awareness of the environment. How does the medium engage, and with what possibilities? And then I saw your post! These coincidences are always nice. Although it’s concerned specifically with science, I’m forever interested in the places where art, science and the environment can overlap, and ultimately learn from each other. Looking forward to listening and further exploring this idea. Take care,

    • February 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Julian, thanks for your interesting comment! In your blog you certainly give your readers a lot of food for thought. Showing people not only things as they are now, but giving them context and relating them to history and environment. So in my opinion you are doing that already more than any other blog I’ve read.

      I think that there is the potential for people to spread some rather “non-scientific” ideas (in the case of science blogs). On the other hand, it gives working scientists an informal forum to discuss their ideas, which then may or may not become part of a formal journal article. I find being able to read the random thoughts of the top scientists very inspiring.

      My blog has always been about random things I find amusing or interesting (i.e. not very deep!), but I’ve had some suggestions for more serious science topics. Who knows, if my health situation improves, and I have more energy, I may have a go at it.

      • February 27, 2011 at 10:14 am #

        Thanks for the kind words, Lisa! I guess what interested me in your post was the idea of a community being developed in the online world, how ideas could be shared both within and beyond the core community. And what possibilities it might open for environmental issues and understanding.

        Personally I really like how your blog moves from the serious to the lighthearted, from one place to the next! But I would also love to read your science posts…..hope you stay well. Best wishes,

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