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it’s the season for ‘best-of’ science compilations… Alison Campbell Dec 17

… and so here are a couple of compilations. The first is Sciencealert’s top 10 animal videos for this year. They include a lone porcupine seeing off a pride of 17 (!) lions; an octopus ‘walking’ on land (which…

are ‘alternative medicines’ really free of side effects? Alison Campbell Dec 16

Not necessarily. OK, most homeopathy’s just water (or sugar pills), but if a non-self-limiting disease goes untreated because someone is relying on homeopathy then, yes, this ‘remedy’ could be said to have side effects. Similarly, using powdered rhinoceros horn…

cows and physics and urban myths Alison Campbell Dec 15

In which we encounter – cow-tipping! This is apparently the focus of both myth & mirth in the US: the idea that cows, asleep on their feet, are regularly tipped over by tipsy youths. Now, apart from the inconvenient…

engraving by homo erectus – art? or doodling? Alison Campbell Dec 11

Why is it that practically every time there’s a new discovery relating to the evolution of our own species, there is a headline saying that this finding ‘could rewrite human history’? Because, bingo! At least one newspaper report1, of…

from small beauties to a big one Alison Campbell Dec 07

Is it a peacock? Is it a turkey? Another in the occasional series of gorgeous creatures: the ocellated turkey :) Image credit: backyardchickens.com Over on Tetrapod Zoology, Darren Naish provides the detailed story of this species' biology & evolution. Apparently they…

the beauty of tiny things Alison Campbell Dec 05

I loved playing with kaleideoscopes when I was (much) younger, but the images they produce have nothing on what Victorian microscopists achieved using diatoms. Diatoms are single-celled photosynthetic organisms, and one of the things that really makes them stand…

some seasonal fun (with the spice of science) Alison Campbell Dec 03

When I was a kid – & we're talking a looong time ago now! – we had a gorgeous Advent calendar that was designed to look like a renaissance-era painting. At least, that's how I remember it. And there…

credulous reporting around cancer Alison Campbell Dec 02

This is a really difficult post to write. The word 'cancer' evokes any number of fears & unpleasant images, and I can't imagine something worse than discovering that a child has cancer. (Nor can I be certain of my…

zombies & lego – great combination! Alison Campbell Dec 02

Actually, that's a bit of a fib as the zombies & the lego don't actually meet in these videos :) But both have a science focus. Lego is the focus of a clip called 'Building Curiosity', which is something…

weapons-grade foolishness from the ‘food babe’ Alison Campbell Nov 18

Today, we move on to just plain, flaming, weapons-grade foolishness. Foolishness that is, unfortunately, spread to a rather wide audience.  Vani Hari is the self-described 'Food Babe', on a mission to 'make America's food safer'. According to Ms Hari,…

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