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I agree with your former advisor: let it slide...published information can be used by anyone in documentaries...[they] cannot cite everyone, perhaps even anyone, as this is not interesting, moreover, it's distracting. This applies not only to documentaries, but most manuscripts outside of academic publishing, e.g., textbooks, company reports, magazine ...


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You can contact the TV network and the University. Point out the issue, without mentioning that you suspect intention or anything. As for your colleague, they promised something and didn't keep it, so they are not really reliable. Without claiming that they left out your name intentionally (it quite easily may have been an oversight), the loss in terms ...


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Rigor is not the same as pedantery. It is a category of thinking, not of using formalism. The argument of "integrity" is pure smokescreen. It's hard to communicate with the appropriate level of simplification to non-scientists without compromising the essence, but it does not mean that one should not try. One special facet of this issue, which is ...


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No, I can't imagine anyone objecting to free advertising. It is just a visible citation, actually. If you think the people at your talk will want to follow up, you could also provide a list of titles and ISBN numbers to make it easy for people to acquire the books. Whether your presentation could be considered a "republication" of the graphics or not, I ...


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This is certainly acceptable. It is probably a good way to practice your communication skills. Unless it is really well done and turns out to be useful for others I think it unlikely that it will develop much traction for your own work. The only downside might be using too much of your time on this instead of that work. If you carefully cite all the ...


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I disagree with the other answers. This is journalistically poor. There is a reason why there are credits at the end of documentaries, and acknowledgement is part of this. That said, the wrong is not the lack of citation to your work, it's the use of copyrighted images. It's your publisher who has really been wronged. If you choose to pursue it, use ...


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It is worth considering at the outset, that both the extent of knowledge possessed and the ability to teach are subjective and difficult to directly quantify. Therefore, when examining research on the subject, we shouldn't forget that quantification is usually based on indicators loosely correlated to these qualities. For instance, gauging the extent of ...


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One person who is very well known for communicating difficult technical subjects is Richard Feynman. He wrote a book on QED that was intended for non-physics folks. It's a classic. But note, he wrote it after he did the Nobel-earning work on the subject. He wrote several books on various aspects of physics from a personal point of view, semi-biographical, to ...


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You can use all this information in a public talk. You should tell your audience where it comes from, but the details don't need to be part of the ongoing presentation. Consider a handout so that they can go look for themselves if they are curious. The fact that some of the information is behind a paywall does not prevent you from referring to it, as long ...


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First you need to remember that science is not the only form of research. Second, subjective results come in all sorts of flavors. If I ask one person person if they like A better than B, that is a subjective result. If I ask 1000 people, and do statistics, is that still a successful subjective result? Someone else could ask a new group of subjects the same ...


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For some fields, the (several) books by Edward Tufte set the standard. But a search of, say, Amazon for "Data Visualization" or "Scientific Illustration" will turn up a vast library of work. You can also add your field to the search to get a more specific selection. But, like most things, the way to learn it is to practice and then ...


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One of the great advantages of professional work is that it allows specialisation and gains from trade. One option you have is to hire an artist to create figures for you. There are a number of artists that specialise in scientific artworks, many of whom have a reasonable amount of scientific literacy to help them "tease out" how to visually ...


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For scientific posters: There is a guy named Mike Morrison who has done a lot of work to make scientific posters better for the viewer. The concept is to make the main point (or take-home message) into a sentence or statement, and make this the focus of your poster. I've included an image to show this. With standard posters, people oftentimes will read your ...


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Yes, it is real. Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist or an expert on this subject. Nonetheless I’ll provide evidence of several different types that overall strikes me as convincing enough. Scientific research The curse of knowledge has been demonstrated in experiments in human psychology. The main one I’ve seen cited is Elizabeth Newton’s “tappers and ...


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Along with the good advice in other answers here, cautioning about spending too much valuable time on this, let me suggest: Know your audience. If you want to write for a particular audience, spend some time trying to understand what they already know and are interested in. There has been some discussion here recently on the Curse of Knowledge in which one ...


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Co-authors should be involved in every step of the scientific progress. Some might be more involved in some steps than others, due to differences in expertise or involvement, but generally: you should meet and discuss ideas and plans you should meet and discuss results/interpretations you should both contribute to writing "meet and discuss" can be via ...


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Wikipedia has a dedicated portal called Biotechnology, which has some promising content right now. A formal categorization of topics is available, also major keywords have a longer description. The problem is, that many specialized articles are missing right now. They are only available in a dedicated research encyclopedia which is sold as a commercial ...


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