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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,…

‘this app promises to read your DNA’ – colour me skeptical Alison Campbell Nov 17

I find much of the information that comes to me via various science feeds interesting, informative, & useful. But sometimes I see a headline & an article that give me a serious facepalm moment. And this headline on ScienceAlert…

but surely if it does no harm… Alison Campbell Nov 14

With Acupuncture Week coming up, I thought it might be timely to revisit one of my earlier posts on the subject. Since I originally wrote this piece, there’s been at least one high-profile example of needles being found where…

the amazingness of lyrebird vocalisations Alison Campbell Nov 12

This is one impressive lyrebird – laser guns and kookaburras! (Not quite at the same time.) I found him on a ScienceAlert page, which has more info and also links to other videos of these vocally talented birds….

a surprising misconception Alison Campbell Nov 10

I spent much of the weekend marking first-year biology exam papers. It was a lovely weekend & I really didn't want to miss all the nice weather, so I ended up finishing the task well after midnight last night. And…

reflections on using AdobeConnect in a tutorial Alison Campbell Nov 05

Recently I went to a couple of seminars/tutorials on using AdobeConnect in teaching & learning. As I vaguely remember saying somewhere else, this bit of software looked a bit like panopto might, if it were on steroids, & I…

csiro should fund dowsing? are you serious??? Alison Campbell Nov 03

I came across this story on Science's 'science sifter' page: The next CEO of Australia’s leading research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is in hot water after suggesting the cash-strapped organization spend scarce research dollars…

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