As fellow fans of Douglas Adams’ ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ will know, the Guide says that if you stick a babel fish in your ear then you can immediately understand any of the languages spoken to you.
Putting a fish in your ear is not be recommended, but perhaps you can use your science writing skills and translate an exciting research paper into language and explanations that people without a scientific background can understand? If you fancy having a go, then Europe PubMed Central’s science writing competition ‘Access to Understanding’ might be just up your street. The competition opened on 11 November and closes for entries on Monday 9 December (it closes at 4pm, so no burning of the late night oil!).