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Clarity in Crisis: Avoiding Another Fukushima

How science can quell media hype—By David Roberts On March 11, 2011, one of history’s most catastrophic tsunamis leveled dozens of Japanese towns and crippled Fukushima’s nuclear reactors. Few will forget watching the water rushing inland and the reactor explosions that followed. Fewer still will forget the ensuing media-fed radiation fears that had residents fleeing…

Elephants in the Media: A Conversation with Melissa Groo

Since 2001, elephant conservationist Melissa Groo has been managing the Save the Elephants listserv, a free news service that disseminates daily news about elephants from around the world. Save The Elephants (STE) is a Kenya-based international conservation organization founded by preeminent scientist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, who has been working across Africa on behalf of elephants since…

Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, and Sex in the Sea

I was shocked to read that soulful gay hip hop artist Frank Ocean who got into that parking lot altercation with rapper Chris Brown just admitted to Oyster magazine he once sold cocaine and…Say what? OK, I confess I know more about this than I should and by the way, Oyster magazine is all about…

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?

Why Black Holes Don’t Suck

In the world of science journalism, we writers and editors often walk along the edge of a very sharp sword. On one side lies the realm of Pure Accuracy, filled with semantics and pedantry and enough qualifiers to turn the discovery of giant squid fossils on Mars into a 40-page report on “the theoretical life-cycle…

The Future of Exploration: A Different Lens

Four National Geographic Emerging Explorers share their novel paradigms for understanding the world in these highlights from the 2009 Explorers Symposium: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Curator of Mammals Kristofer Helgen talks about discovering new mammals, both out in the wild and deep in museum archives. “I’ve described about 25 species of mammals in…