“Unless they help fairies to sing and dance, my wife will demand mozzie genocide”.
Yes, this quote comes from a conversation about science.
It came about when insect specialist Dr Cameron Webb tweeted from the @realscientists account, describing his work tracking mosquitoes in wetlands around Canberra.
RealScientists offers science-qualified professionals the chance to describe their daily work in the public sphere that is Twitter.
So what?…you might think. How interesting could it be?
Well, in the hands of a good communicator it can be absolutely fascinating. See for yourself – here are some samples of conversations in which Cameron participated, including the bit about dancing fairies:
Do these conversations seem out of reach to you? Actually, they’re not. Anyone can send questions to the @realsscientists account. And all sorts of questions are welcome. Tweeting right now is Dr Paul Willis, ex-ABC Catalyst presenter, fossil-lover and Director at the Royal Institute of Australia. Tell him I sent you.
[image at top shows one of Cameron’s mozzie traps: dry-ice in “billy can” with battery operated fan sucking mozzies into bucket below]