How researchers get heard


Your Overlooked Lists

I keep thinking about “Overlooked Problems,” a column written this spring by an occasional Substack writer about whom I know nothing except that they are a scientist doing research into organ generation and regeneration. The column

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The Lazy Drama of ‘The Polycrisis’

If you haven’t yet heard about “the global polycrisis,” it’s coming for you. “The global polycrisis” has caught fire in policy and pundit circles as a shorthand way of saying the world today is, not to

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Flywheels, Forcing Functions & Painted Pictures

Doing good content consistently for non-specialists — that’s hard. But we make it much harder, because our support mechanisms suck so badly. By mechanisms, I’m not talking about annual objectives, or encouragement from your board or

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Your Precision, Their Confusion

Friend, scientist and longtime reader Jon Fisher alerted me to the following tweet by Jim Elser, a limnologist, field station director, faculty member at two universities and member of the National Academy of Sciences: The Arizona

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Your Public Expert Ecosystem

True story: A well-known, must-read climate journalist quit their job last year to join an NGO and start a newsletter — and the newsletter is boring. “Their stuff used to be so good,” a colleague said

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