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Actor Alan Alda watched researchers play an imaginary game of tug-of-war as part of his communicating science course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, reports The Scientist. That is just one of the drama studies techniques Alda is applying to teach scientists to be better communicators — it helps to get researchers to show more emotion and be less self-conscious as they speak about their work.

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