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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…

fascinating stories of dna, and the kiwi’s close cousin uncovered Alison Campbell May 28

On Monday I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA and one of the authors on a very recent paper that provides a new view of kiwi evolution…

dissecting the predictable (in this case, ffnz on broadbent et al) Alison Campbell May 23

A paper just out by Broadbent et al (2014) describes research which used data from a 38-year-long longitudinal study of Dunedin children to examine claims that exposure to fluoride in childhood has a negative effect on children’s IQ. The…

an anti-fluoride view: democracy is ok as long as it delivers what we want Alison Campbell May 21

At least, that's how it sounds in this Waikato Times report on the first day of presentations relating to submissions on Hamilton City Council's draft annual plan. One of those submitting was quoted as saying  The democratic argument is flawed…

facebook – more than just social networking Alison Campbell May 12

This is something originally written for the Talking Teaching blog, following a discussion (on FB – where else?) about social media & student learning. Some of my readers here and on Sciblogs will probably have realised that I quite…

something reassuringly disgusting… Alison Campbell May 04

This post's title comes from Something Fishy where, talking about sea cucumbers, Illya wrote "But there's something else they can do. Something reassuringly disgusting. Something totally Sea Cucumber." I was mildly let down to find he was talking about…

another see-through animal (& a rather lovely image) Alison Campbell May 02

I saw this little critter a while back, over on Pharyngula, & put it on the list of Things To Blog About. Somehow, it took me a while to actually get onto it, but we've got there in the…

a strange but beautiful bird Alison Campbell Apr 30

In terms of plumage and behaviour, some of the birds of paradise have to be strong contenders in any ‘most unusual’ list. I mean, take a look at this: (Image source: Wikpedia (Creative Commons)) This is a male Wilson’s…

ignorance wins over science? let’s try that another way Alison Campbell Mar 31

On Thursday last week, Hamilton’s city councillors voted 9-1 to return fluoride to the city’s water supply. There was a fair bit of misrepresentation going on ahead of the decision – including the claims that it would cost at…

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