Category Archives: SCOM2003

Studying Hard at Hogwarts: The Effectiveness of using Harry Potter to Educate about Science

Introduction Since its inception in the late 1980’s, the field of science communication has focused  on understanding the complex relationship between the public and scientific researchers, and developing methods of communicating scientific concepts to the wider public with the goal … Continue reading

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The transfer and retention of information by the public through medical dramas and crime shows on television.

Ever since television has been around, it has become increasingly popular in the public’s everyday life. We look to it as an entertainment source through fictional stories and an information source through documentaries and game shows. However, researchers are becoming … Continue reading

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Battlestar Galactica versus Star Trek Voyager: a curious case of public demand

Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek Voyager are painted on two galactic canvases of seemingly parallel universes. This makes for a compelling comparison between storylines because, inevitably, the two shows get juxtaposed against each other. Both series are popular by science … Continue reading

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Bones Audience Study

Research shows audiences respond to the science in television fiction in diverse ways, varying with personal circumstances and beliefs.  Little research, however, has examined whether regular viewers of a television series see its science content differently from people tuning in … Continue reading

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Science fiction as a tool for genetic screening discussion in the public forum

Guest post by: Aidan Muirhead The science fiction film GATTACA is based on the idea that preimplantation genetic diagnosis technology has the potential to turn society into a genetic hierarchy that many see as a dystopia. I aim to look … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Folio

Guest post by: Alissa  This is a link to a website I made for my Science in Popular Fiction Folio. There are some flaws in the site and a few things went missing or got distorted in the process of … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 3 and conclusions.

Guest post by: StephS Part 3 But not only have the criminals been left out, but so have an array of other people that I class as scientists, because they ‘do science’. Let’s talk about farmers. They may not be … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 2.

Guest post by: StephS Part 2 Perhaps one of the most neglected populations of these people that do science being criminals. Of course, many ‘mad’ or ‘evil’ scientists are criminals but science is still often their profession. I’m talking about … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 1.

Guest post by: StephS Part 1 Science in fiction has been analysed by scholars who frequently look at how scientists are portrayed in fiction. But how can you analyse how “scientists” are portrayed, if you haven’t defined what a scientist … Continue reading

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The Big Bang Theory: a science in fiction backflip?

Guest post by: StephS Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard are the four scientists in The Big Bang Theory that have slowly been taking over and dominating our television screens. Yet they don’t fit into any conventional science show roles, so … Continue reading

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