As part of National Science Week, there is a public event being held at the ANU all about social media. The title of the event, Memes, blogs and videos: how social media has transformed the way we communicate science is quite a mouthful, but it features some of the biggest names in scientific social media. Among the participants are those involved in Bad Astronomy, I Fucking Love Science, and Science Alert. As a blogger for the past couple of years on this site, I found it to be a very good way to discuss interesting geoscience news that I found. It is also a great way to practice writing about science. As they say, the best way to get good at something is to practice! I don’t know if our little corner of the Internet has changed the paradigms of society, but it has been a lot of fun.
There is also the xkcd weekly “what if” section. Very often, including this week’s edition, Randall Munroe investigates interesting geological and geophysical problems. Though the problems asked are often absurd, it is both an entertaining and informative read. Another couple of good comics that occasionally dabble in science are Dinosaur Comics and SMBC.
Tonight’s event is open to anyone. Unfortunately, it appears to be completely booked out!