When word broke that the massacre in New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook, I immediately thought of Robert Godwin Sr. In 2017, Godwin was murdered in Cleveland, Ohio, and initial reports indicated that the attacker streamed it on Facebook Live, at the time a relatively new feature of the social network. Facebook later clarified that the graphic video was uploaded after the event, but the incident called public attention to the risks of livestreaming violence.
In 2016 Google Doddle paid homage to Mary Seacole. Until then, I had no idea who she was, or her contribution to history. But I quickly found it. Born in 1805 in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole was a brave pioneering nurse during the Crimean War who helped care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield. She was known to have personally risked her life on the frontline to tend to the sick and the injured. Her reputation in her day rivaled that of Florence Nightingale. Mary Seacole’s life story inspired me to start a short-lived blog called Unsung Science. I wrote about little known stories and personalities whose contribution to science and medicine had been overlooked. In each case, their achievements had…
Even in theory, it is implausible that education and awareness campaigns alone will completely change people’s health behaviour. People’s actions are not just the result of an absence of knowledge.
Most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for. A group of researchers I was part of do have those skills, and our examination of the services provided by 200 VPN companies found that many of them mislead customers about key aspects of their user protections.
It is understandable that people want to know how it affects them. But as a scientist, I would hope society would be equally interested in fundamental science. After all, you can’t have the applications without the curiosity-driven research behind it. Learning more about science — science for science’s sake — is worth supporting.
Every forecaster I have ever worked with – military or civilian – wants to get predictions right. And even if they wanted to shade the forecast one way or another to support some agenda, it would be impossible to do it in today’s networked world.
There are many good arguments for improving the general public’s understanding of science. These include a knowledge of science being useful in daily life (such as determining which medical advice is more sound); the economic benefits (a skilled workforce is good for the national economy