Editing and stylistic editing

Do you know what the following tasks have in common? structuring content adjusting tone correcting grammar conforming text to a style guide checking for errors before publication They are tasks carried out by editors. Did you know there is more than one kind of editor? The stages of editing Editors Canada identifies four types of…

Tips for blogging academic content

Here are a few suggestions to help you structure difficult academic content when blogging for general interest readers. In this blog post I show that signposting serves two functions. It prepares the reader to understand ideas by warning them of the road ahead. It helps the writer to see whether their article presents a coherent,…

4,200 year old bird found in Norway

Researchers are studying a 4,200 year old bird found preserved in the snow in Norway. A warden for Statens Naturoppsyn discovered the redwing thrush in a snowbank in the Oppdal mountains. The redwing was in good health when it died. It’s thought it was killed and buried by a fox or wolverine. There is a…

Where to find biodegradable glitter

Sydney-based news writer Courtney Fry shares information we all need to know about glitter and other microplastics. At less than 5mm in diameter, glitter and other microplastics pass through our water filtration systems and into the oceans. When eaten by sea creatures, these tiny pieces of plastic mess with their reproductive systems. This is bad…

In praise of Sir Keith Thomas

My favourite historian is Sir Keith Thomas. He has made a great contribution to our understanding of English thinking between 1500 and 1800. His most famous book is Religion and the Decline of Magic. It is a survey of popular English beliefs about magic, witchcraft, and Christianity in the 16th and 17th centuries. Anyone interested…

Ghost ponds reclamation brings new life

Researchers from UCL in London are making excellent use of former ponds on agricultural land. “Ghost ponds” are ponds that were filled with soil while still wet, back in the 19th and 20th centuries. They are usually visible on the surface as damp areas, irregularities, and areas of poor crop growth. This blog explains how…