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Black Lives Matter
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Black Lives Matter

We stand with Black Lives Matter and all those protesting for justice. Our upcoming outreach programs are postponed so as not to distract from more urgent work of antiracism and disassembling white supremacy in this country. The mission of Science Riot has always been to humanize scientists and amplify their voice, especially those who are…

PLOS SciComm Feature
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PLOS SciComm Feature

Can scientists be trained to do comedy? We really didn’t know if it would work. In January of 2016, a small group of academics paced anxiously while a Colorado blizzard raged outside our rented community theater. This first cohort consisted of local professors and co-workers who we roped into a science communication workshop that drew…

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WHAT DID I JUST SIGN UP FOR!?

If you just joined an upcoming science riot workshop, we have one piece of advice: Don’t Panic! You’re a professional and you’ve probably given a presentation before which means you are already confident enough to bore an audience to death. Why not make them laugh instead? That’s all we’re going to do here, give a…

Teaching Evolution to Tibetan Monks
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Teaching Evolution to Tibetan Monks

When cultural beliefs clash with science, a little humor and a little humility never hurts by David Westmoreland, Science Riot Board Member Reposted from Scientific American. “We believe that we came into existence when an ogress mated with a monkey. Is that possible?” The question comes from one of a hundred saffron-clad Tibetan monks sitting…

What Did Ancient Romans Do Without Toilet Paper?
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What Did Ancient Romans Do Without Toilet Paper?

By Stephen E. Nash We’ve all been caught unawares by our digestive tract at one time or another. It happened to the Nash family several months ago. We were nearing the end of an extended road trip, driving down a secondary highway through a sparsely populated area of Colorado at night, when one of my…

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Why Teach Scientists Comedy?

“But why comedy?” I frequently get asked this by puzzled people and they have a point. With Science Riot, I’m advocating something pretty unusual: teaching scientists to be comedians and to use comedy as a tool for public outreach. Only a small portion of scientists do outreach at all and if you still struggle with…