If you are having trouble understanding the election

21 08 2010

Hat tip: Dave the Happy Singer

You can learn much from this video which offers a brief overview of recent politics and issues in Australia.

Yes. It is true. In Australia we choose our leader by dangling rancid meat and political portraits before a crocodile pit and hurl beer cans at those crocodiles.


60 Second Science: Kids competition

12 08 2009

Through the ABC Teaching Science mailer.

Children in Australian schools can win cash prizes by creating a 60 second science video. The video can be filmed or animation, and must “demonstrate and explain a scientific experiment, principle or concept.” (Full rules here)

Registration closes at the end of September. The prize has been set up thanks to funding from the Victorian Department of Education – but there is a $1000 of prize money available in each state ($400 and $100 for first and second in primary and secondary divisions).

Entry forms available here.

Swine flu brain pop

22 06 2009

Rather good UK children’s animated production explains the current swine flu novel Mexican A/H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Some innacuracies, but its hard to tell exactly how dated this might be. Still, definitely good enough at explaining key concepts effectively for schoolchildren

Hattip: Malaysia SMS

Get to know your inner stormtrooper

22 10 2008

via DBiDW

Oh, how far cellular animations have come.

This video illustrating the cellular mechanics behind some Nobel-worthy Australian research that laid the foundation for modern immunology is just amazing.

It avoids all the silly cliches behind and just amazes you with crystal clear realistic microscopically detailed models.

No crappy cheesy soundtrack. No silly metaphors with “machines”, “tools” or anthropomorphic representations of cells as police officers. No simple to understand but very non-representative line drawings.

The language is great (only had a quibble about “hairs” for the expressed antigens, but its a fair metaphor).

And the best thing is that the whole process is illustrated as a relatively undirected process. Things just fall into place causing reactions. No “choices” are made by cellular “brains”. The antigen locks into place at a receptor, which activates a specific cell.

It even shows how the cellular membrane is a wobbly dynamic fluid, filled with mobile receptors just drifting through.

We want more of these. More. More. MORE!!