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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…

carl wieman on active learning Alison Campbell Jun 08

Recently I wrote about a paper by Freeman et al: a meta-analysis looking at the impact of active learning on student success in maths, engineering, & the sciences (the 'STEM' subjects). In the same volume of PNAS is an accompanying commentary by…

"If you’re going to get lectured at, you might as well be at home in bunny slippers" Alison Campbell Jun 01

There’s an increasing body of literature demonstrating the benefits of active learning for tertiary students taking science subjects. This is a topic I’ve written about before, but I’m always interested in reading more on the subject. And let’s face…

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…

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