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Scientists in live public discussion today about what ‘natural’ really means

We've all seen it. Whether it's on labels in supermarkets or in adverts on our TVs, the word 'natural' is often used to sell products. Foods may be 'naturallly' farmed or contain only 'natural' colours and flavours. Or you may have used a 'natural' remedy to help you recover from an illness. But why do products sold in…Read more Scientists in live public discussion today about what ‘natural’ really means

European Commission scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role

This week has been an exciting one for European science, with the European Space Agency’s Philae lander making what appears to have been a successful landing on Comet 67P. But the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker chose this moment of celebration to make a disappointing announcement. The role of the Chief Scientific Adviser…Read more European Commission scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role

Standing Up for Science media workshop

How do scientists get their research into the media? How do journalists find the best science stories and report them accurately? What do you do when a companies or politicians make outlandish claims without evidence? These were some of the questions asked in the Standing up for Science media workshop I attended this month. Run…Read more Standing Up for Science media workshop