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rip frank’n'louie, the diprosopic cat Alison Campbell Feb 25

Seeing this image of a fish with 2 mouths reminded me that I needed to finish writing about Frankenlouie, a janus-headed (diprosopic) cat. It’s funny how the mind works, because the fish definitely isn’t a janus-fish: that would require…

stuff: bible lessons lead to court Alison Campbell Feb 22

And if the Stuff story here is correct, then I can understand why parents might choose that route, particularly as they seem to have exhausted other options. NZ state primary schools can offer 'religious education', and under the Education Act parents have the ability…

the 10 commandments of rational debate Alison Campbell Feb 20

Critical thinking is a necessary tool for understanding the world we live in. And I don’t believe we teach it particularly well. I know that students in high school science classes learn how to assess the validity/reliability of a…

only the bones remained Alison Campbell Feb 19

And at the end, there weren't many of those. One of the things we talk about in biology class is the importance of decomposers. Most students think in terms of bacteria when this topic's raised, & maybe things like…

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…

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