At the British Science Association Science Communication Conference today (16 May) several sessions touched upon the importance of scientists accepting the significance of values, principles, and ideologies – their own and those of their ‘publics’. I was grateful for this, and particularly for Alice Bell’s contributions on the panel of a session on policy called ‘Hail to the Chief [Scientific Advisor]’.
I recently read What the plus! Google+ for the rest of us, by Guy Kawasaki. My aim was to see what a Google+ enthusiast could do to sell Google+ to me. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the idea of Google+ and lapped up the opportunity to get in on the second Beta stage of the platform in 2011 but, to be honest, I’ve not used it much since then. Well, I’m sold. And furthermore, I’d like to see scientists using it to build their online communities and engage with lay audiences.
(Image: JD Hancock)
The latest in implantable technology appeared in the news this week; an under-the-skin biochemical monitoring device that communicates its findings via Bluetooth.
Imagine this: you, a person with diabetes, sit in the doctor’s surgery for a regular check-up. While you’re waiting, your blood sugar stats for the last month, with granularity down to the second, are downloading to your GP’s mobile phone via Bluetooth.