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fluffy the dinosaur Alison Campbell Aug 11

Over the last 20 years quite a bit of evidence has accumulated indicating that at least some dinosaurs were feathered, much of it in the form of beautiful fossils from China. Up until now all the feathery dinos have…

there’s the alarming news about ebola, & then there’s this Alison Campbell Aug 03

Over on Sciblogs, Siouxsie Wiles has been writing about the spread of an Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa (here  & here, for example). It's alarming stuff: a virus with a high mortality rate, in combination with the potential for infected…

gmo myths & mythinformation Alison Campbell Jul 28

The GMOLOL group on Facebook regularly posts on the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and more recently – like many other pages – about the outrageous claims by the self-styled "Health Ranger" about Monsanto, likening the company &…

helicobacter pylori and the complexity of the human microbiome Alison Campbell Jul 24

In their first-year microbiology lectures. our students hear about Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium associated with the development of gastric ulcers (a discovery that eventually saw Barry Marshall and Robin Warren receive the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physology or Medicine)….

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…

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