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THE NEWS IS CHANGING

Over half of people in the UK receive their news from social media feeds. On these platforms, you need to stand out to avoid being scrolled past - hence the rise of 'Clickbait' catchy headlines and short videos formats to present news items. These changes from traditional newspapers have advantages - we are arguably the most informed generation, and news is freely available to everyone regardless of income or location. On the other hand, more information is not always better. Fake news, false facts and quoting without context is also on the rise. What makes it so hard to understand whether a news item can be trusted or not is that we don't always get the full story. Biology in Context aims to promote the full story by providing biological background to new discoveries and inventions. Context can always be improved and expanded so please contact me if you have ideas for new topics or feedback on any of the content. In addition, any offers from scientists who would like to write about their favourite biology topic are very welcome!

CONTEXT is everything. These orange dots are the same size, but because of the different sizes of the grey dots around them (i.e. their context), they look different. In a similar way, having different contexts can make the same science seem very different

EVA

TOM