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a tale of two tails Alison Campbell Feb 18

Lizards, like us, are chordates. One of the defining characteristics that all chordates share at some point in their development is the presence of a notochord: a stiff rod of tissue that runs along the dorsal side of the…

true facts about owls Alison Campbell Feb 18

A lot of my friends seem to like owls, if their tendency to post photos of adorable fluffy feathered faces on Facebook is anything to go by. I rather like them too; we live close to a gully &…

why paper cuts hurt Alison Campbell Feb 16

I suppose one of the benefits of e-readers & 'paperless' offices (haha) is a reduction in the risks of paper cuts. Because those cuts jolly well hurt! Part of that may just be because they usually involve fingers &…

food matters aotearoa – an opportunity for real debate? or muddying the waters? Alison Campbell Feb 08

One of the big stories on my Facebook feed at the moment alerted me to Food Matters Aortearoa and its upcoming Wellington conference. The program for this conference has certainly generated a lot of interest among my friends. The…

what would the world be like if we all just… disappeared Alison Campbell Jan 30

I do enjoy asapSCIENCE – their videos are quirky, entertaining, & informative, and can provide some great talking points for science classes. But for this one, add poignant to the adjectives….

ncea & university entrance – numbers & interpretations Alison Campbell Jan 29

January has again been a very busy month those of us involved in the student enrolment process. This year we noticed that a reasonably large number of students hadn’t achieved university entrance, and while there are very definitely options…

just a big ball of water falling from the sky Alison Campbell Jan 29

Here in Hamilton it's hot, And DRY – I'm guessing we'll be up to 'water alert level 3' (ie no sprinklers) any day now. So I watched this video (link) from ScienceAlert with a mix of fascination & wistfulness…

should food containing dna be labelled? Alison Campbell Jan 20

Apparently 80% of people in the USA think so, according to a Washington Post article that's been all over Facebook in the last few days. That is, 80% of those polled in the regular Food Demand Survey (by Oklahoma State…

it’s the season for ‘best-of’ science compilations… Alison Campbell Dec 17

… and so here are a couple of compilations. The first is Sciencealert’s top 10 animal videos for this year. They include a lone porcupine seeing off a pride of 17 (!) lions; an octopus ‘walking’ on land (which…

are ‘alternative medicines’ really free of side effects? Alison Campbell Dec 16

Not necessarily. OK, most homeopathy’s just water (or sugar pills), but if a non-self-limiting disease goes untreated because someone is relying on homeopathy then, yes, this ‘remedy’ could be said to have side effects. Similarly, using powdered rhinoceros horn…

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