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pechaflickr, connected courses – education in the future? Alison Campbell Oct 28

Recently I had a blast, attending an inspirational workshop by Alan Levine (I grab professional development opportunities like these with both hands!). The workshop gave me some ideas for new things to try with my students next year, and I thought…

rapid evolution in cane toads Alison Campbell Oct 27

In her book Paleofantasy, Marlene Zuk discusses cane toads (Bufo marinus) as an example of just how rapidly evolutionary processes can work. These amphibian pests were introduced into Australia in 1935 to control borer beetles in sugar cane. Unfortunately…

‘alternative’ medicine – numbers using it =/= evidence it works Alison Campbell Oct 26

Recently some friends & I were discussing the use of what might be called 'Supplementary, Complementary, & Alternative Medicine' – a group of 'therapies' that includes (but is not limited to) things like homeopathy, reiki, acupuncture, ear candling, and…

quirky science demonstrations Alison Campbell Oct 20

A very brief post before I dive back into marking! My friend Cathy pointed me at this short, fascinating video that shows some quirky chemistry & physics demonstrations (afficionados of Facebook will find it here). I had a couple…

‘paleo’ diet? or paleofantasy? Alison Campbell Oct 17

The ‘paleo’ diet story on Campbell Live tonight spurred me to finish my review of one of the most entertaining popular books on genetics that I have read for some time. Entertaining, and informative, in equal measure. I wonder…

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…

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