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Heute Themenwechsel: Insekten! Gestern zeigte ich wie sehr Narrative in der Wissenschaftskommunikation unsere Gefühle und Handeln beeinflussen.
Bei Pandemie ist es klar warum es im allgemeinen Interesse ist, dass das nicht schief läuft, aber Insekten? #scicomm /1
Ein voriger Kurator dieses Accounts sprach bereits ausführlich über das gigantische Insektensterben & dessen katastrophale Effekte auf, well, alles. Aber viele von uns denken vielleicht sofort "Insekten, ieeh, sollen die doch sterben ich hasse die Viecher." Das ist ein Problem/2 Hoe do you feel about Insects?
Allein den "Nutzen" wissenschaftlich erklären ("deficit theory") funktioniert eben nicht.
Hier ist Zusammenarbeit v Wissenschaft, Historikern, Kultur- & Kommunikationswissenschaftlern gefragt.
Denn was formt unsere Eindrücke hier mehr als Populärkultur?/3
insectweek.co.uk/news/royal-ent… The Swarm FilmposterDie Schlussszene von Disneys Encanto: viele Schmetterlinge Animal Crossings Blathers, the owl: a museum curator who hat
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Very worrisome:
#LongCovid 🦠🧠
"During one early psychotic episode, the child saw and
heard bombs and believed she was in a war battle..."
sciencedirect.com/science/articl… #serverless #womeninstem #iot #openscience #scicomm #itrtg Image
There have been numerous case-reports of sudden-onset psychiatric symptoms in COVID and Long-COVID.
This one may be the most jarring.
⚠️Do everything in your powers to protect yourself and your kids from COVID, and "Long-COVID."
E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
The subject of this case-report:
an 11 year-old girl "with *⃣ NO *⃣ previous history of
significant mental illness."
Sudden-onset psychosis began 3 weeks after testing positive for Sars-Cov-2.
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Check these websites and tools to make your presentations a bit more interesting and interactive.

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@OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #scicomm
1. @VismeApp: Create presentations, documents and interactive charts etc.

visme.co
2.@Mentimeter: Create quizzes, polls etc

mentimeter.com
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🧵We found that content discussing “Ukraine” and “Nazi” surged as the 2014 Kremlin-orchestrated plans faltered and again as Russia invaded in 2022.

#datascience #dataviz #disinfo #factcheck #ukraine #scicomm #information #mediamanipulation
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I've spent years trying to figure out how to be a great academic writer

It comes down to one thing

A story for every academic who wants the cheat code to better writing 🧵

@AcademicChatter @CouragePhD @hapyresearchers @ThePhDPlace @thephdstory #acwri
A photography professor walks into his new class.

He decides to do an experiment

He divides the class in two groups: quantity and quality
The quantity group are graded on how many photos they take.
For an A, they need to take the most photos.

The quality group are graded on the calibre of their photos. For an A, they only need one photo but it has to be excellent
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For centuries we've had anatomical maps of how the body's organs are connected, but what would a diagram of the immune system’s connections look like? In @Nature we report our initiative to map the "interactome" that links human immune cells together (1/14)nature.com/articles/s4158…
The life of an immune cell is constantly on the move. As white blood cells (leukocytes) circulate throughout the body, they must dynamically form connections with each other in order to communicate messages like “threat detected!” or “stop attacking, this is healthy tissue”(2/14)
Leukocytes can physically interact through #receptor proteins on their surfaces that have evolved to recognize and bind each other. These receptor interactions have enormous medical significance, to cite the #immuntherapy revolution in cancer treatment as just one example (3/14)
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⚠️Beware🦠Omicron:
It doesn't give *⃣ 2 shits *⃣ if you've been infected
with prior variants
...and get💉vaxxed!
wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/28… #bioinformatics #serverless #openscience #snrtg #scicomm #immunology
*⃣ Sorry - I posted the link to the graph
This is the link to the article itself:
wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/28…
The best protection against infection
and/or reinfection with Omicron🦠:
Vaxx/boost💉➕ masking 😷
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The sad story of the GIDS and the Tavistock should lead us all to seriously reflect on how a dysfunctional organisation was allowed to carry on for so long. Many should hang their heads in shame but it's my own sector - the science comms industry - that bears particular guilt...
Science journalists and scientists in the public eye should have been at the forefront of raising questions. Instead, many actively participated in spreading disinformation and attacking those who did try to investigate. Almost all others just ignored the issue, turned away...
even though it was obvious that the evidence was poor and alarm bells were ringing. Fortunately a few persisted - @deb_cohen & @hannahsbee deserve particular praise. But the most damning thing, as @lecanardnoir has pointed out, is the lack of any contrition. We all make...
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Managing research, from planning, handling numerous materials & articles to writing effectively, is an indispensable knowledge every researcher must have. Here, we uncover some of the best software tools that are going to help you maintain your research with ease.

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1. Bibliography manager: Not an option anymore! Bibliography manager is a must-use to manage your references & reading. You can use anyone you enjoy or by your school's guidelines or research field, such as @zotero, @mendeley_com, & others.

@AcademicChatter @PhDVoice
#academia
2 - @NotionHQ, @evernote, to keep necessary points from your research, meetings, your to-do list, applications to work on, and many things you want to pen down.

@PhDVoice @AcademicChatter @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDForum @PhDspeaks @OpenAcademics #AcademicTwitter #researcher
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15 lessons from all my supervisors/professors so far...

You probably know all of them but still, it serves as a reminder.

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#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat @PhDVoice @OpenAcademics
1. Learn things one at a time: You don’t need to learn everything at once. Break them into tiny segments and learn daily. The idea is to not feel overwhelmed by all the new topics.
2. Make achievable and realistic goals: It's good to be ambitious but imagine if you fail to accomplish a goal that went out of your hand. You will feel discouraged in your work.
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Academia is considered structured, logical, analytical, rigid....

It's also full of paradoxes 🔄

4 paradoxes to overcome to level up your academic career 🧵

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @ThePhDPlace
Saying no CREATES opportunity 🍀

Saying yes to everything maxs out your time/energy quickly. Then when a real opportunity comes, you cannot take advantage of it. Say no to some things leads to saying yes to the right thing.
Finding the answer comes from saying I don't know 🤷

As experts, it's uncomfortable to say "I don't know". But without this, no-one knows what questions still plague us. Saying "I don't know" opens the door for those with answers to find you
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Taken me several days to answer this, because migraines have long been a gap in my knowledge

Can't feel too bad though, because the science of #migraines is WAY more complex and uncertain than most would have thought

Here's what's known

Strap in, this will get complicated

/1
What is the root cause of migraines? Currently 'TBC', unfortunately.

But evidence suggests it involves neurological, vascular, hormonal and genetic factors are working in concert

Applies to pretty much anything in the brain, it never makes it easy

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But if there IS one specific 'root cause' of migraines, most fingers point to Cortical Spreading Depression, CSD

What's that?

It's when a neuron, brain cell, experiences a sudden burst of activity (depolarisation), followed by a period of inactivity, as if it's exhausted

/3
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Is Tyrannosaurus rex the one true king of the Cretaceous? Our new paper reviews the evidence🧵
link.springer.com/article/10.100…

#paleontology #dinosaur #fossil #scicomm #museum #AcademicTwitter
(art by @MarkWitton, who graciously gave us permission to use his work for this project)

1/16
In March, a team of researchers published a provocative new idea: Tyrannosaurus rex, the most famous dinosaur, wasn't one dinosaur at all, but three separate species that were so similar all prior researchers had missed their differences.
link.springer.com/article/10.100…

2/16
The two new species were named Tyrannosaurus imperator (the tyrant lizard emperor*) and Tyrannosaurus regina (the tyrant lizard queen).

*Imperator is actually Latin for "commander", but was a title given to the Roman emperors, and became the origin of our word "emperor"

3/16
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I’m concerned that labeling #monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection (STI) will cause confusion & delay (🚂) in public response. It’s transmitted most often by direct skin-to-skin contact w/ the rash (see the whole list of ways it spreads from CDC 👇), and sex includes … 1/
plenty of direct skin-to-skin contact, but you certainly don’t need to have sex to get it. That means that we will identify cases regardless of sex/gender/age, & whether or not ppl are sexually active. We have to get this right in #SciComm headlines & opening paragraphs …/2
because most people won’t read the whole article (or 🧵). They skim. We want people to understand that common STI risk reduction advice like “wear a condom” is valuable but will still leave ppl open to a lot of risk if a partner has #monkeypox. /3
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4 months ago I started writing threads with a simple goal

Help someone like me in academia 💞

10M views & 8K followers later, pretty sure I'm kicking this goal 🤯

So for my new friends, here are my top 8 threads and how they can help you 🤗
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This will likely have incalculable
repercussions in lives lost.
reut.rs/3ze7sj3 #globalhealth #snrtg #openscience #scicomm #medtwitter #VaccinesSaveLives Image
Expect a likely resurgence of vaccine-preventble pediatric infectious, communicable diseases - according to this study...measles, rubella, mumps, pertussis, polio, rotavirus...
Likely causes of this backslide in childhood vaccination:
▪️ global vaccine-"fatigue"
▪️ hyper-focused attention on one disease (🦠
SarsCov2), while virtually ignoring all others.
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Brand 🆕 insight into the mechanism of
anti-interferon (IFN)–γ autoantibodies
- implications for 🧬Inborn Errors of Immunity⚠️
and 🦠SarsCov2
#bioinformatics #openscience #scicomm #immunology #genomics #raredisease
These auto-ABs are linked 🦠to:
1⃣ Primary Immunodeficiencies / "IEIs": susceptibility to certain infections
2⃣ Susceptibility to severe and fatal COVID-19
The anti-interferon (IFN)–γ autoantibody
➡️🦠#COVID19 connection
bit.ly/3yGDbaY #bioinformatics #openscience #scicomm
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A large🆕study confirms
the⚠️danger of 🦠SarsCov2
to the #immunocompromised
Take precautions to protect yourself
cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/7… #WomenInSTEM #openscience #itrtg #scicomm #medtwitter #immunology #raredisease
▪️ 💉vaxx ➕boost💉
▪️😷 mask on and up
▪️📏 practice strategic social-distancing
If you are immunodeficient or immunocompromised,
(👤LIKE ME) ... these 3⃣ things could well save your life.
A news article which accompanies the above research:
"Study highlights need to prioritize
immunocompromised COVID patients"
news-medical.net/news/20220710/… #WomenInSTEM #openscience #scicomm
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Vaccines Are Magic disinformationchronicle.substack.com/p/vaccines-are…
Current social conventions allow disparagement of drugs and devices, but critique a vaccine … good night, and good luck. /1
"In a free country, we punish men for the crimes they commit, but never for the opinions they have," President Harry S. Truman, in veto against the anti-communist “Internal Security Act of 1950.” /2
I'm attending an award ceremony in London this Thursday as a finalist absw.org.uk/pages/absw-awa… for an investigation I wrote for The BMJ on data integrity issues in Pfizer's #COVID19 clinical trial. bmj.com/content/375/bm… /3
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🦠This is dreaded
"Marburg Virus"🔬 (Video: PLOS)
- case-fatality-rate up to 9⃣0⃣%
🩸hemorrhaging from all orifices leads to death
*⃣ 2 patients in Ghana have just tested positive aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/8/… #scicomm #openscience #medtwitter #snrtg #virology
Marburg Virus is classified as a hemorrhagic fever virus. It is closely related to Ebola Virus.
Some scary viruses out there beyond Sars-Cov-2.
Ghana reports first-ever suspected cases of Marburg virus disease
downtoearth.org.in/news/africa/gh… #openscience #scicomm
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Quite remarkable results in this
5 year-old suffering severe post-effects of
a rare form of autoimmune 🧠encephalitis
journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/09… #snrtg #medtwitter #openscience #scicomm #neurology #immunology #stemcell
"The patient was in a vegetative state when she was first admitted to hospital and received cell therapy as a last resort."
...she is now ready to attend school.
These results need to be replicated in additional patients, however initial results look extremely compelling.
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How I search and read scientific papers now…

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After trying many methods of reading research papers effectively, I have now (at least) settled on this format.

@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @OpenAcademics #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #STEM
I think it's just 4 step method! At first, it may feel time-consuming but once you get a grip on it then it's quite easy.
1.I first start by searching for the main topic that I am working on -- #AntibioticResistance in @OK_Maps. Now “Open Knowledge Maps” creates a visual knowledge map of the topic you're searching for. Also, lets you know if a paper has open access.

Sample:
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🦠9⃣-MONTH Sars-Cov-2 infection in an
immunocompromised patient
⚠️ with more than 20 🧬viral mutations
academic.oup.com/cid/advance-ar… #bioinformatics #openscience #scicomm #snrtg #immunology #genomics Image
Getting 💉vaccinated💉: 1⃣ protects the immunocompromised from SarsCov2, and 2⃣: protects ALL OF US from the emergence of new🦠variants🧬
Our lives our interconnected. Shielding the most vulnerable is in our collective best-interest.
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How I stay a bit organized in research.

Here are some points which I follow that help me in my research journey.

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @OpenAcademics #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #STEM
I know... This might be some infinite times you must have read a post or thread on how to stay organized! So what makes mine different? Maybe nothing earth-shattering but these are some tested points that I have been following for quite some years now.
1.I draw a “Pie Chart”: When in doubt, I draw a pie chart. I see what work consumes most of my time and divide them accordingly. So what I do is, make a pie chart and divide how much percentage I want to dedicate to each task.

For example:
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