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Science Media Center

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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

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ebola outbreak

During the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease on record the SMC has been providing journalists with information and expert comment as the situation develops

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Head of Operations

The SMC is recruiting for a head of operations to manage the day-to-day running of the Centre

For Journalists

The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

for scientists

As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

for press officers

Primarily a press office, the Science Media Centre works closely with press officers from universities, industry, research funders and leading science and engineering institutions.

expert reaction to genetic influence on Ebola outcome in mice

Researchers writing in the journal Science have published the characterisation of a mouse model which displays human-relevant disease phenotypes when infected with a mouse-adapted Ebola virus. A range of effects from resistance to severe symptoms and death were seen, and these depended on the genetic background of the mice. read more

expert reaction to milk consumption, fractures and mortality

A paper published in The BMJ has shown an association between higher intake of milk and higher mortality in cohorts of men and women. In the cohort of women, they also observed a higher incidence of fractures with higher milk intake. The researchers recommend cautious interpretation of the data due to it being an observational study, and possible confounding effects. read more

supercomputing, weather forecasting and climate science

Weather and climate predictions are inherently difficult because of the sheer amount of data which must be processed. If the science of prediction is to be ever more accurate it will need powerful computers backing it up. Scientists came to the SMC to discuss the future of forecasting, what high-powered computers can and can’t do, and how the extra information can be used in future. At this briefing, science minister Greg Clark announced the funding of a £97m computer dedicated to weather and climate science. read more

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for the public

The Science Media Centre is a service for national news journalists. If you are a member of the public, and have a question about science, you could try: