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‘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…

a tale of rare blood groups, or, ‘the man with the golden blood’ Alison Campbell Nov 03

One of the topics we cover in first-year biology is human blood groups – it's discussed during genetics classes & also touched on when looking at how immune systems function. I give the genetics classes and, being a regular…

sticky little lizard feet Alison Campbell Oct 31

Evolutionary change can be fast – Peter and Rosemary Grant's long-term & ongoing research project on the Galapagos finches documented rapid responses to environmental changes, for example, as does the  recent work on cane toads in Australia. And biologists…

widening the definition of scientific outputs Alison Campbell Oct 29

This was first posted over on TalkingTeaching. This blog post at SkepticalScalpel really struck a chord. Entitled "Should social media accomplishments be recognised by academia", it compares the number of citations the author's received for published papers with the number of…

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…

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