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Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/writers/audio/2493432/michael-king-memorial-lecture-on-science-and-doubt Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … Continue reading

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What science is

I particularly enjoy this description of what science is: In a Kim Hill panel discussion on Radio New Zealand, Paul Callaghan explains: “…Science has a particular way of operating. It’s based on observation with requirements of consistency. And one of … Continue reading

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Kids books that deal with real world science

Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it: Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New … Continue reading

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Science is really about ignorance

In a recent TED talk blog, In praise of ignorance (http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/24/in-praise-of-ignorance/), Jessica Gross writes: “Science, we generally are told, is a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data,” biologist Stuart Firestein says in today’s TED talk. “I’d like to … Continue reading

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Edible insects – some of the discusson

There was a really informative article in last month’s New Scientist on edible insects. She described some of the reasons why “Edible insects are billed as the next global superfood” (p.35) and what some of the restrictions on that process … Continue reading

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Materials – Dale Tunnicliffe

Sue Dale Tunnicliffe explains: “Materials are all around. Some are made from naturally occurring substances from living organisms such as silk from silk worms, wool from sheep and other animals, cotton from the cotton plant and ropes from jute. Many … Continue reading

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Changes – Dale Tunnicliffe

Again, with Dale Tunnicliffe and early science… she points out: “Things in our world change. The amount of light we have changes, from a lot during the day when the sun shines, to there being hardly any at night, when … Continue reading

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Everyday science

“…children need to observe and take part in activities that are science and engineering in the everyday world. They need to hear the words and conversations about such phenomena long before they acquire the facility of talking for themselves. These … Continue reading

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Communicating in science

“Talking and listening about doing science is not only a one-way transmission from adult to child. the child also has a voice and opinions. Science is about communicating findings, and children usually thoroughly enjoy and instinctively tell an audience about … Continue reading

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Science is not only about content, information and facts

“Science is not only about content, information and facts; it is about the process of doing science. This starts with an observation, noticing, asking what something is, learning objects or happenings, naming or labeling and noticing features and properties about … Continue reading

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