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Dr Yolanda Ohene: ‘In science, I’d like to see a breaking down of intellectual elitism’

Dr Yolanda Ohene, 29, is a biophysicist at the University of Manchester. After an undergraduate degree in physics at Imperial College London she went on to research at masters level and co-founded Minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), before starting her PhD at UCL.

I call myself a biophysicist because I develop MRI techniques focused on neurodegenerative disease. I have a physics background, but it’s segued to the intersection between biology, physics and neuroscience. I was enticed by the biological questions,

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Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists

Polje, nappe, vuggy, psammite. Some scientists who study caves might not bat an eye, but for the rest of us, these terms might as well be ancient Greek.

Specialized terminology isn’t unique to the ivory tower — just ask a baker about torting or an arborist about bracts, for example. But it’s pervasive in academia, and now a team of researchers has analyzed jargon in a set of over 21,000 scientific manuscripts. They found that papers containing higher proportions of jargon in their titles and abstracts were cited less frequently by other researchers. Science communication —

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Biden pursues giant boost for science spending

President Joe Biden released his first proposed budget for the United States on 9 April.Credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Getty

US President Joe Biden unveiled his first proposed budget on 9 April, and it signaled strong support for research and development. The spending plan would provide across-the-board increases in science funding and inject billions into the fights against COVID-19 and climate change.

Although short on detail, the budget proposal would raise core funding for research and development across nearly every major federal science agency, including historic increases to improve public health and battle racial injustices. In line with a US$2.3-trillion

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Texas A&M brings virtual science festival straight to your home

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy is going virtual for its Physics & Engineering Festival, and even though this year’s festival is virtual, event organizers stress that they are bringing the same level of excitement and passion.

“We want everyone to get the same feeling that they would get during the live in-person festival as we will get during this virtual festival,” said Dawson Nodurft, Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy, Instructional Assistant Professor. “Our goal is to bring our passion and excitement to you, just over the internet.”

For Nodurft, the festival is part

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These viruses are the most likely to trigger the next pandemic, according to scientists

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is the latest pathogen to “spill over” from animals to people, but hundreds of thousands of other viruses lurking in animals could pose a similar threat. Now, a new online tool ranks viruses by their potential to hop from animals to people and cause pandemics.

The tool, called SpillOver, essentially creates a “watch list” of newly discovered animal viruses that pose the greatest threat to human health. The researchers hope their open-access tool can be used by other scientists, policymakers and public health officials to prioritize viruses for further study, surveillance and risk-reducing activities, such

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Biden’s EPA chief slammed for firing science advisers in ‘purge’

WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency provide records related to a decision by the agency’s new leader to remove dozens of scientists and other experts from two key advisory boards.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said the advisers appointed under the Trump administration were overly friendly to business and that his March 31 “reset” of the Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee would return EPA to its practice of relying on advice from a balanced group of experts.

Regan’s overhaul removed more than 45 members of the two science advisory boards,

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