The Academy's social media communications have continued to gain in popularity. Our Facebook followers have grown in number from 9000 in October last year to around 400,000, showing that people are keen to see more credible science news online. And it's not just social media—even traditional media outlets are using our videos to accompany their website stories.
We revealed on World Oceans Day (8 June) that people might have more in common with dolphins than previously thought.
We all know that walking is good exercise for the majority of people, and is something that can be built into daily life. Any walking is good, but the faster you walk the greater the health benefits. We published this breaking news video about recent research findings on 1 June and it was picked up by major media outlets Fairfax and The Conversation.
The release of the federal budget isn’t necessarily something that we all sit down and watch—but the implications of the budget each year reach far and wide. In May we published a video on social media on what the budget promises for science, just hours after the budget was released. It has been viewed more than 100,000 times so far.
And how exciting is it that Australia is officially going to invest in the space race? Announced in the budget was $41 million for a space agency and $260 million for new satellite and GPS capabilities.
If you couldn’t make it to the Academy’s annual celebration of science this year, Science at the Shine Dome, we produced 48 videos on the new Fellows, awardees, the symposium and other aspects of this celebration of Australian science.
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