In his talk at the Ri Unconference 2011, science communicator and teacher Alom Shaha challenges the next generation of scientists and educators to rethink the type of science taught in schools. “There are an awful lot of facts that you could learn at school. The question is which of those facts should you learn? Should we concentrate on the big ideas like evolution, or should we look at modern science and things that are more relevant?” Alom asks how we… Read more

I don’t have a pre-prepared blog-post for this day. I don’t have a personal recollection, beyond attending the Amazing Meeting Three and being in the front few rows to hear him present. I have a friend who went to him in tears of gratitude, after hearing him at a later Amazing Meeting, and he was very kind to her and understanding as to why his talk reduced her to such a state. I have written previously on how I disagreed… Read more

You’ve heard of something called the Australian National Curriculum? Perhaps you’ve heard of my friend Michael McRae, who has been contributing resources to a super sekrit project? Animated and directed by James Hutson, Bridge8. Written by Mike Mcrae and James Hutson: Part 1 of the TechNyou critical thinking resource. The resource covers basic logic and faulty arguments, developing student’s critical thinking skills. Suitable for year 8-10, focused on science issues, the module can be adapted to suit classroom plans. The… Read more

Wednesday night is usually just the-middle-of-the-week. Today, however, it was: Dye my hair a new colour – well, two colours, actually. This is me, out in the bushland, trying to track down some black swans with my camera, for a friend. Pop on a Santa hat… …and work at the science museum here in my home town, where I’ve been volunteering for the past year. Tonight was the children’s Christmas party for the ‘SciTrekkers’ (people who have yearly memberships for… Read more

What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award. Thanks to PhilosophyBites. Read more

This Festival Allows A Dangerous Anti-Vaxxer To Spread Misinformation. Why?  From Mamamia.com.au: News Editor Rick Morton just spoke to Festival Executive Director Bill Hauritz about the decision to bring Meryl Dorey into speak at the Woodford Folk Festival. Bill: Who says it is dangerous? There are a lot of people out there who believe this whole vaccination thing is not an open and shut case. Is anybody willing to say that all vaccinations are 100% safe? Q: I don’t think even doctors say… Read more

This find is thanks to Bec Crew: New Zealand’s Bay Of Plenty Times:  A wandering baby fur-seal wriggled through the cat-door of a Welcome Bay house – and made himself at home on the couch. A stunned Annette Swoffer thought she must have been hallucinating when she found the young pup hanging out with her cats in her kitchen on Sunday night. The seal had made its way from the Welcome Bay waterfront, through the suburb’s residential area, across busy… Read more

In the aftermath of a blog-post on weird dreams and “What could they mean?!” by Digital Cuttlefish, I had a dream which concluded with my sealing an envelope to send to someone. The message contained was: Dear *****, Thank you very much for your discordance, but I’d like to point out that some of us have to WORK and MAKE A LIVING and possibly GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES during the time that it takes for you to potentially ruin the… Read more

Thanks to ‘AngryFeet’ for this find! Read more

I don’t know how long this will be up for… Part two and Part three. “EXPLAINATION OF WHAT’S GOING ON The BBC opted to remove this episode from the schedules on day of broadcast as Clarkson is currently involved in a controversy over remarks he made about recent strikes in the UK on “The One Show” (search YouTube for it). However, the change came so late that the episode was still uploaded to the BBC iPlayer, which is where Nick… Read more

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