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Why support crowdfunding for science research? CF1We were curious about this question, and we decided to take the opportunity presented by the annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science and the first conference of the newly formed Citizen Science Association, which both took place in San Jose last week and this weekend. We put together a short survey and tweeted/blogged/Facebooked it to the attendees and our followers: to you laypeople, this is what's known as a "convenience sample" (convenience sampling is the reason so much basic research is done on university students). We figured a few thousand people keen on advancing science generally and citizen science in particular would be a great way to find people who had supported science crowdfunding. The response, unfortunately, was not what we'd hoped. We had seven responses, with one respondent giving reasons for supporting science via crowdfunding. A huge thank you to those who participated. While we sure won't be publishing any papers with these responses (and that was never the plan anyway!), we can talk about the data points we got—and for those who are keen to learn more, we've added some links at the end.

I think plain language is awesome. I’m glad the movement is gaining momentum and that there are enthusiastic advocates out there trying to make plain language the default. And I’m excited to be learning more about how to improve my own plain language skills. But I’m not...

One of the best things about growing as a company is that we get to offer our associates opportunities for growth, too. Our science writer, Amanda Maxwell, has been a Talk Science to Me associate since June 2013, and now we’re pleased to announce that...

We're really excited to start 2015 with the announcement that our team is growing! Amy Haagsma has joined us as our new editorial assistant. Amy has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Diploma of Technology in Civil Engineering from the...