SciBlogs

one of the largest living insects? Alison Campbell Jul 23

If you don’t like spiders then you probably wouldn’t like this either: from China come reports of what’s claimed to be the largest known aquatic insect. (I can’t find any actual published scientific descriptions of the creature; it will…

acapella science does eminem Alison Campbell Jul 17

It's not biology but this video is too good not to share :) I've always had a soft spot for acapella singing, & acapella science is just wonderful as an example of combining music & science communication. (Those who…

6-second science Alison Campbell Jun 23

This video is a compilation of the best clips from the ‘Six-second science fair’ run by GE recently. (Apparently it attracted more than 600 entries!) Could be really interesting to set something like this as a classroom project -…

if fish had nightmares, these spiders would feature in them Alison Campbell Jun 19

If asked, "what do spiders eat?", my answer would probably include insects, spiders, other arthropods, and maybe birds. I'd never have thought of fish! And yet it seems that fish-eating by spiders is, if not common, then not exactly…

human facial features the result of being used as a punching bag? somehow I don’t think so Alison Campbell Jun 11

I saw this story in the newspaper yesterday, & again today on one of the science feeds:  Researchers in the US have studied the skulls of ancient human ancestors and concluded that fist-fighting may have played a role in…

pharaoh’s serpent Alison Campbell Jun 09

Definitely don’t try this one at home! The changes shown in the linked video are an example of intumescence, where a substance swells when it’s heated. Fascinating to watch, but since we’re talking mercury fumes it’s definitely not one…

carl wieman on active learning Alison Campbell Jun 08

Recently I wrote about a paper by Freeman et al: a meta-analysis looking at the impact of active learning on student success in maths, engineering, & the sciences (the 'STEM' subjects). In the same volume of PNAS is an accompanying commentary by…

"If you’re going to get lectured at, you might as well be at home in bunny slippers" Alison Campbell Jun 01

There’s an increasing body of literature demonstrating the benefits of active learning for tertiary students taking science subjects. This is a topic I’ve written about before, but I’m always interested in reading more on the subject. And let’s face…

a bunch of fascinating animals you’ve never heard of… Alison Campbell May 30

… unless you’ve been following this blog for a while, in which case you may already have read about the sarcastic fringeheads (who are not members of a rock band, despite the wonderful name!). The dumbo octopus, the pacu…

a bunch of fascinating animals you’ve never heard of… Alison Campbell May 30

… unless you’ve been following this blog for a while, in which case you may already have read about the sarcastic fringeheads (who are not members of a rock band, despite the wonderful name!). The dumbo octopus, the pacu…

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