Write for conservation, and art

I’ve picked the yellow-rumped thornbill to write about for the Bimblebox 153 Birds Project. 153 because they’ve recorded 153 bird species at Bimblebox Nature Reserve in central western Queensland (although their website now says 154). The privately owned high-biodiversity remnant woodland reserve is now under threat

Eliminate the negative

As a bit of professional development, I’m taking a Stanford Uni MOOC, ‘Writing in the Sciences’. Week 1 done: It’s reassuring to see that most of the editing tips are pretty familiar (clear out ‘dead words and phrases’, cut repetition, avoid lots of verbs turned into nouns etc.). It’s still great to have them spelledContinue reading “Eliminate the negative”

Uncertainty in the mail

I had a nice parcel in the mail today — Michael Brooks’ new book At the edge of uncertainty: 11 discoveries taking science by surprise. I’ve offered to review it for Science Book a Day, a project run by George Aranda (aka PopSciGuy), so I’ll read it with my notebook by my side. The book’s premise is to lookContinue reading “Uncertainty in the mail”