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まず翻訳から。ウォールストリートの翻訳記事で凡ミスを見つけました。真珠湾攻撃の頃の大統領が「セオドア・ルーズベルト大統領」となっています。元の英文が間違っていると思ったらPresident Rooseveltだけしかありませんでした。

ウォール・ストリート・ジャーナル(WSJ)2016年12月08日 10:25






The End Shall Be Ours
At a half hour after noon yesterday, President Roosevelt went before a joint session of Congress and asked for a declaration of war against Japan.

Hardly had the echoes of the President’s address died away before the Senate passed a war resolution. The House acted less quickly only because of the greater length of time required to call the roll.

We are at war with Japan by the practically unanimous will of the country. It now follows:

1—That every citizen puts his contribution to the nation’s war effort ahead of every consideration of personal interest or prejudice or preference.



Turn children on to science through reading
Books have the power to trigger a lifelong urge to know more about the world and its environs.

07 December 2016

To analyse the content of children’s science books can be like pulling the beard of Father Christmas to see if it’s real. Some of the magic is lost in the process. But there is a serious — and an educational — side to children’s books. Their influence is great, and as such their style and content have been scrutinized over everything from their depictions of violence and gender roles, to people’s attitudes to the environment and recycling. If books leave such a lasting impression on people, then should scientists and researchers do more to make sure that those read to and by children are accurate? Where, for example, does fiction tip into fantasy — and should young readers be made aware of the difference?

社説のリンクでJoanna Coleという子供向け作家の過去インタビューが載っていました。半年はリサーチに当たり、できるだけわかりやすいように努め、仕上がったら科学者にチェックを依頼するそうです。

Nature 464, 36 (4 March 2010) | doi:10.1038/464036a; Published online 3 March 2010
Q&A: Joanna Cole on writing science books for kids

Nicola Jones

Joanna Cole has authored more than 100 science books for children, including the best-selling Magic School Bus series, the latest edition of which tackles the topic of climate change. In the last of our series of interviews with authors who write science books for different audiences, Cole reveals how clarity and colour can introduce even very young children to science.

Do you do a lot of research?
I research for maybe half a year, so I learn a lot. I read journal articles, textbooks and popular science. You have to know a lot more than what ends up on the page. And you have to try to make it as accessible as possible. I once wrote some articles for adults in a magazine and I was amazed at how easy it was — you don't have to rewrite everything to make it clearer and simpler and still accurate. Once a book is written I send it to a scientist for checking, and we make changes accordingly.

よく言われることではありますがYou have to know a lot more than what ends up on the page.(たくさんのことを知る必要があります。最終的にページに収まったこと以上のことを知らないといけないのです)という言葉は重いですね。


Writing about the ‘alt-right’
Nov. 28, 2016, by John Daniszewski

Recent developments have put the so-called “alt-right” movement in the news. They highlight the need for clarity around use of the term and around some related terms, such as “white nationalism” and “white supremacism.”

“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

Again, whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: “an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,” or, more simply, “a white nationalist movement.”
Here is an example from the AP news report:

With an ideology that’s a mix of racism, white nationalism and old-fashioned populism, the “alt-right” has burst into the collective consciousness since members showed up at the Republican National Convention to celebrate Trump’s nomination last summer.

Be specific and call it straight
Finally, when writing on extreme groups, be precise and provide evidence to support the characterization.

We should not limit ourselves to letting such groups define themselves, and instead should report their actions, associations, history and positions to reveal their actual beliefs and philosophy, as well as how others see them.

“Alt-right”は引用符で囲み、一般的用法として定義もなく使わないこと。必ず“a white nationalist movement”のような補足説明を付け加えること。さもないとthe term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.になってしまうと書いています。