Sense About Science


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Sense About Science

An independent UK charity which promotes good science and evidence in public debate.
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But, even if done correctly, uncertainties often oppose society's request for concrete and certain statements, and thus may be seen as a "deficiency in research" (Sense about Science 2013).
Tracey Brown, director of the United Kingdom science education charity Sense about Science, and Michael Hanlon, a London-based science journalist, begin their new book, Playing by the Rules, with a story: Two "safety sentinels" paddling a canoe in Lake Michigan warned swimmers to return to the "safe swimming depth." One swimmer protested that a lack of rain had reduced the water level, and asked for permission to swim out where the safety sentinels were paddling.
Food intolerances and some diffi-cult-to-diagnose conditions have also been confused with allergies, says the guide by Sense About Science which draws on information from allergy specialists and charities.
Trevor Butterworth, Head Judge of the Neal Awards Selection Committee and Director, Sense about Science USA and Editor, STATS.org says, “This was a year of bold reporting for Neal Awards entrants, who demonstrated that, when the national spotlight shone on their turf, they can report as superbly as any national media."
The guide is compiled by the charity Sense About Science.
The project, called www.alltrials.net, is the collaborative effort of an unusual group of organizations: Bad Science, Sense about Science, the British Medical Journal, the James Lind Initiative, and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
The implausible and frankly dangerous claims about how to avoid cancer, improve skin or lose weight are becoming ever more ridiculous," Tracey Brown, Managing Director of Sense About Science, said.
Ms Ellen Raphael is UK Director of Sense About Science.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has also warned Britain to stop the practice of libel tourism, which, it said, affected "freedom of expression worldwide on matters of valid public interest." This in turn encouraged various British NGOs such as Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense About Science to start a high-profile campaign, which led the British government to finally present libel reform legislation to Parliament.
In its annual list of what it considers the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign named US reality TV star Nicole Polizzi, Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann and American singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro as top offenders, with their dubious views on why the sea is salty, the risks of cervical cancer vaccines and the colon.
(1.) Sense About Science. I don't know what to believe ..." Making sense of science stories En: senseaboutscience.org, editor.