Scientists on screen: improving the image

Any scientists making a TV appearance in the coming weeks should take five minutes to read the latest Australian econnect newsletter, How scientists are portrayed in the popular media. It would appear the stereotypical image of scientists is still alive and well in Australia and this is in large part because of the media’s portrayal. Twenty years ago, Australians used adjectives such as nerdy, bearded, old, male, unattractive, weird, single and suburban to describe scientists, and not much has changed since then, says Jenni Metcalfe.

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Italian seismologists face trial for manslaughter for not predicting earthquake

A huge earthquake hit the town of L’Aquila in Italy on 6th April 2009, killing 309 people. Seismic activity had been noticed in the area in the preceding months but scientists failed to predict the enormous and deadly quake. Because of this, 6 seismologists and one government official now face trial for manslaughter and up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

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Is poker a game of luck or skill?

How much skill is there in a game of poker? And why does it matter?

 By law Americans are not allowed to gamble over the web. If poker can be shown to be a game of skill then this could have significant implications for the $6 billion US online gambling industry.

And a new study published this month has shown that there is a fair amount of skill involved.

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