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Words and ecology, ecology and words

Alison Campbell Jan 29, 2016

I love words (to the extent that I’ve been known to peruse dictionaries for pleasure). The Story of English was one of my favourite TV programs, back (long way back) in the day. So, of course, when I saw positive reviews for Robert Macfarlane’s book, Landmarks, I had to get hold of a copy. For, as the … Read More

More moo woo

Alison Campbell Jan 28, 2016

Once I started paying attention to the woo around milk I realised how much of it there is. And how ready people are to accept it. I’ve written about the notoriously non-scientific Food Babe before. Someone with a high pain threshold could probably manage a daily blog post on this young woman and the way she manipulates opinion, and sometimes … Read More

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Snail s*x toys

Alison Campbell Jan 22, 2016

This morning when I went out to feed the goldfish, I encountered a pair of snails in flagrante delicto. I resisted the urge to step on them 🙂   However, I was reminded of a post that I wrote several years ago, on the sexual habits of snails, and thought it was worth a repost. So here goes: Copulation in … Read More

Critiquing another thesis on vaccination

Alison Campbell Jan 19, 2016

Given the fuss occasioned by her PhD thesis, I was interested to look at the document produced for Judy Wilyman’s MSc (available here on-line), largely to see what attention had been given to the science content and perspectives. Having examined or adjudicated a number of Masters theses in the sciences, I’ve a reasonably good idea of the standards … Read More

Dragonfly eyes

Alison Campbell Jan 17, 2016

Dragonflies are ancient: with damsel flies, they were among the earliest flying insects. An analysis based on molecular data and fossil evidence suggests a date of 480mya for the first insects, around the same time that land plants evolved, and includes a rather impressive family tree for the taxon; the earliest dragonfly fossils are around 325my old. Read More

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The Wilyman thesis on how smallpox is transmitted

Alison Campbell Jan 17, 2016

I had another head-desk moment today, on reading a bit more of Judy Wilyman’s PhD thesis (a bit at a time is quite enough). Smallpox vaccines. Flickr CC, Pan American Health Organization-PAHO / World Health Organization-WHO. The document has quite a bit to say about smallpox. I’ve already noted the ill-considered statement that the vaccine has never … Read More

Wollongong thesis has this to say on smallpox

Alison Campbell Jan 15, 2016

This is the human face of smallpox: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), #3265, James Hicks. Smallpox is now extinct in the wild: the last known case was in 1977. And this is what Judy Wilyman has to say about the vaccine that eradicated smallpox virus, in her strongly anti-vaccine PhD thesis – you’ll find the quote … Read More

wollongong thesis has this to say on smallpox

Alison Campbell Jan 15, 2016

This is the human face of smallpox: Photo Credit: Content Providers(s): CDC/James Hicks This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #3265. Smallpox is now extinct in the wild: the last known case was … Read More