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Challenge Accepted: Non-traditional Assignments in the Classroom

Challenge Accepted: Non-traditional Assignments in the Classroom

I’ve been teaching a 200-level evolutionary medicine course at my university for four years. Each year I try something a little different to give students more ways to express themselves and to demonstrate their understanding of the material.

January 21, 2013 — Kate Clancy
Brainiac parrots threatened by widespread lead poisoning

Brainiac parrots threatened by widespread lead poisoning

New Zealand’s kea* are among the most devastatingly intelligent birds on the planet. For instance, animal cognition researchers say kea are as smart as crows at solving mechanical puzzles.

January 21, 2013 — Cristy Gelling
Darwin s Neon Golf Balls

Darwin s Neon Golf Balls

Image of the Week #76, January 21th, 2013: From: Darwin's Neon Golf Balls by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba .

January 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Tetrapod Zoology enters its 8th year of operation

Tetrapod Zoology enters its 8th year of operation

  Tet Zoo stuff from 2012: man-eating lions, raptors, crocodyliforms, the Squamozoic, turtle penises. Why chickens? Because they were always there, in the background.

January 21, 2013 — Darren Naish
Spin Cycle: The Social Realm of the Laundromat

Spin Cycle: The Social Realm of the Laundromat

Laundry becomes important because having clean clothes is a sign of social status. It places you within the boundaries of being socially acceptable.

January 21, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa
Dragonflies keeping their eyes on the prize

Dragonflies keeping their eyes on the prize

One of the things I love most about science blogging is the opportunity to learn about entirely new things. Of course, we all have that opportunity on most days, but having to find something to blog about three times a week definitely keeps me on my toes.

January 21, 2013 — Scicurious
Making sugar from carbon dioxide: The Calvin Cycle

Making sugar from carbon dioxide: The Calvin Cycle

The process of photosynthesis is often described as turning sunlight into sugars, and while that's broadly true, there are two distinct biochemical reactions taking place.

January 20, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Loricas -- homely vessels of protists

Loricas -- homely vessels of protists

Bicosoecids were shown off fairly recently- but wait, there's more! One particular pond sample was rich in colonial bicosoecids whose loricas were conveniently accentuated by a touch of iron (rusting).

January 19, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

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