what makes students stick at science?

This is a very relevant question in the light of the government’s recent announcement of its intention to tie a proportion of tertiary funding to student completion and retention rates. (This decision is presumably driven, among other things, by relatively low rates of retention and passing papers/courses, which lead to questions about whether we’re getting […]

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of rain and rotifers

Yesterday we went across to Tauranga to see my in-laws. It was a terrible day for driving; the forecast was for periods of heavy rain & it was pouring down when we arrived. My father-in-law had emptied the rain gauge that morning (23mm, he said), & by 1pm it was back up to 80mm & […]

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rather nice zoological videos

Over at Terrapin Procrastination there is a lovely long list of zoological videos for you to watch. (I don’t know whether or not to thank PZ for directing me there – right now I don’t have time to procrastinate!). My favourite description from the list would have to be ““sea angel” (pelagic nudibranch) kills and […]

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