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  • via Matthew Dray from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    3 years 10 months ago

    For the past few years, I have been sent questions about ‘minibeasts’ (small invertebrates and vertebrates) from a class of four- and five-year-olds. Some questions are simple, some are surprisingly developed. But there are also questions – perfectly innocent questions – that have caused me existential crises. ‘Why do moths die?’ is one of these.

    Encouraging inquisitions about the natural world is imperative. Batting away a child’s question can be harmful: Leather and Quicke (2010) highlighted that a lack of natural history comprehension may threaten the future of our environment. Misunderstandings could result in a lack of interest and appreciation, diverting students from a very rewarding area of study. Fortunately, help is at hand: teachers can rely on a wealth of...

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  • via The Rostrum from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    3 years 12 months ago

    Many people use spreadsheets for data entry. This is no surprise. But some go further, using them as a tool for – shudder! – data manipulation. It may be better to manage your spreadsheet via an R script instead. Why might you want to do this?

    • Accidental typing. Changing a cell’s value by mistake could, at best, have you scratching your head; at worst, your statistical analysis will be wrong. This is a very real problem for people with gigantic fingers/cats (the cats are not necessarily gigantic).
    • Sorting. If you forget to highlight a column when sorting data, the rows could become mismatched.
    • Ditching data. You might decide to delete data that are later unrecoverable, or you cut some values and forget to paste them (we’ve all been there).
    • Poor formulation. Errors in...
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  • via Matthew Dray from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    4 years 2 months ago

    A bug-specialist Pokémon trainer and a Caterpie (Nintendo)

    Satoshi Tajiri was a Japanese boy with a passion for catching arthropods. He went on to become the creator of one of the most successful videogame franchises of all time. The link between these two sentences is not obvious until you realise that Tajiri was the creator of Pokémon. His experiences of...

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