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Tags: 2010, animals, australia, biodiversity, biology, botany, bushblitz outback, discovery, education, eureka, national science week, new, plants, poll, species, voting, zoology
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That’s right, I am crawling back to blog about important happenings this week in Australia.
It’s National Science Week.
It seems I’ve missed out on alerting you to vote for your favourite Aussie scientist for the Eureka prize (I would have been supporting Evans and Smith for proving the intellectual and communicative exploits of chickens).
But it is not too late to start voting for your favourite new Aussie species discovered this past year. Given that this year’s theme is biodiversity it’s a pretty appropriate poll.
Place your vote here.
- Opera House Barnacle (Calantica darwinii)
- Kimberly Froglet (Crinia fimbriata)
- Sea Spider (Paranymphon bifilarium)
- Steve Irwin’s Tree Snail (Crikey stevirwini – I kid not!)
- Spinifex Ant (Camponotus triodiae)
- Pink Handfish (Brachiopsilus dianthus)
- Cape York Amber Fly (fossilized) (Chaetogonopteron bethnorrisae)
- Bacchus Marsh Wattle (Acacia rostriformis)
- The Bandalup Buttercup (Hibbertia abyssa)
- Truffle-like Mushroom (Cribbea turbinispora)
More new species and biodiversity stuff at the bushblitz website including a free teacher booklet (just in case your school somehow missed out, or your from another country).
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Tags: activity, animals, biology, chimera, classification, craft, creativity, ecology, education, evolution, ict, organisms, spore, students, tasks, taxonomy, teaching, thefutureiswild, trophic
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I mentioned in my last school post (the one about set ups), that I’d used a modified version of The Future Is Wild‘s animal design activity.
While TFiW is more focused on evolution and decent with modification, my class was currently focusing on a more ecological unit – what roles do different organisms have in an ecosystem, how do they interact and how do we classify them.
Previous lessons had gone through self-made classification schemes, traditional classification schemes (e.g. The Classical Greek), and scientific classification schemes. The two scientific classification schemes were taught in my classes. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: advice, assessment, biology, creationism, curriculum, education, evolution, government, intelligent deisgn, new south wales, nsw, standards
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From the New South Wales Government.
In developing the NSW Science curriculum, the Board of Studies undertook extensive consultation with experts in the field to ensure that content, including that relating to evolution, would be consistent with accepted scientific knowledge and understanding.
The Board wishes to remind teachers that Creationism and Intelligent Design are not part of the Board’s Science syllabuses. If taught as part of any school-based program, it must be clear to students that Creationism and Intelligent Design:
- are not scientific, nor evidence-based
- will not be included in any task that forms part of the assessment of student achievement for the award of the School Certificate or Higher School Certificate
- will not be tested in any School Certificate or Higher School Certificate examination and will not be relevant to any response to School Certificate or Higher School Certificate questions.
Note: Intelligent Design has not been banned from schools. But teachers must make it clear that they are not scientific or evidence based – and that will be irrelevant to any assessment or examination.
Given the ID crowd’s penchant for mandatory disclaimers, maybe they won’t be upset about this (and then I wake up).
Any comments on this mandate?
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Tags: biochemistry, biology, education, eurekaalert, genetics, no mystery here, students, teachers, universityofcolorado
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If your teacher doesn’t know any better, how can we expect you?
How your body works is no longer a mystery. Babies are not tiny miracles. And “Better Living Through Chemistry” does not mean what they think it does…
While not quite so abrupt as that, this press release from the University of Colorado makes a point – increasing scientific literacy is the primary method by which we can protect future generations from becoming victims of pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo jargon overload. This will not happen without similarily increasing the scientific literacy of teachers in topics such as basic biology, biochemistry and genetics.
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Tags: トマト, biology, dannychoo, diagram, insides, japanese, kanji, tomato, tomato sapiens, vegetarian, wtf
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I can vaguely make out this is meant to be Tomato sapiens, it has a mouth, heart, lungs, gizzards, and I don’t know much of the other kanji, but I think there is at least one kidney.
How ethical is you vegetarianism now, huh!?
Hattip Alan and Danny Choo.
Answer to Danny’s question: In a tomato’s sweet delicious heartbeat.