The arrow of time

Benjamin is now two-and-two-thirds, or near enough. As ever, his grasp of physics continues to improve.  In the last few weeks, he has been picking up the idea of time.  We have a large (more accurately, LARGE) analogue clock on the wall of our lounge. He's watched me take it off the wall, change the […]

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Toddler does physics-art

As we all know, a scientifically-minded toddler plus a piece of technology can lead to unexpected results. This is the result of Benjamin playing with a retractable steel tape measure at the weekend. How we came to break the case apart I don't know, but the results are pretty (the cellphone shot in poor light […]

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Robot racing

The Engineering Design Show is currently in full swing here, with the competitions for the various design projects. The white-line followers kicked off proceedings. They were pretty impressive, with all but one team successfully being able to follow the (very squiggly) line without mistakes. There were traps to confuse the robots – the line got […]

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Thermodynamics of learning

Last week I attended a conference on Emergent Learning and Threshold Concepts, here at the University of Waikato. It was a very interesting couple of days. As far as academic conferences go, it was unusual in that it was really cross-disciplinary. We had engineers mixing with physiotherapists, and management consultants with dancers. It certainly was […]

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The ‘Australian’ Earthquake

Hopefully people of Seddon (both Seddon, Marlborough and Seddon, Melbourne) are able to enjoy this piece. What a fantastic example of low quality journalism. The correction is itself pretty lousy, with ‘facts’ being taken second-hand from other websites, including the grandaddy of them all, Wikipedia. http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/severe-earthquake-strikes-australia/  

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