Monthly Archives: January 2014

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A blog about life...literally

The Science Behind Test Anxiety

Image from Wikimedia Commons *Ding ,Ding* Finally, the first bell has rung, signaling the start of yet another hour of joyous compulsory education. Just before another attempt of the scheming tardy tracker plots to confine you into its machinery of … Keep Reading

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A Common Practice Takes a Nano-Scale Form

DNA OrigamiImage from Wikimedia Commons As soon as the word “origami” is uttered, one’s mind immediately jumps to paper cranes and various like-structures that stem from the old Japanese tradition. This art of paper folding (origami directly translates to “paper … Keep Reading

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Electrons Make the World Go Round

Last Thursday in class, we did a lab in which we placed DNA segments in a type of gel, sent an electric current through a chamber containing the gel, and watched the segments move across the gel. On either end … Keep Reading

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A Healthy Diet: The Dangers of GMOs

When I picture going on a diet, I always think of less meat and more fruits and vegetables. People who go on a diet think eating these foods will help them lose weight and be healthier. However, that may not … Keep Reading

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Erinaceinae (Hedgehogs)

Western European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)Image from Wikimedia Commons I chose to write my topic on hedgehogs because my family owns one as a pet. Her name is Butters and is a really good pet and very unique in the way … Keep Reading

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Science Day at Baker University

Dr. Erin Morris, the Baker University Biology professor overseeing the concurrent credit partnership for AP Biology, has extended you an invitation. Each year, Baker University hosts students who want to learn more about the sciences at Baker. This year, the … Keep Reading

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Don’t Allow Your New Year’s Resolutions to Go to (Your) Waist

Image from Wikimedia Commons The holidays are always enjoyable—time to spend with friends and family, catch up on your favorite shows, and most importantly, eat to your heart’s content. The New Year rolls in, and so do ambitious resolutions. I … Keep Reading

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The Aliens are Coming!…Maybe?

Rather recently the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made progression in answering the age-old question of whether or not there is life in the depths of space. They did so by realizing that what scientists previously thought established the … Keep Reading

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The Science of Breaking Bad

Image from Wikimedia Commons Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman use various chemicals and scientific processes while making their way to the top of the drug empire. I felt as … Keep Reading

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Programming Stem Cells with Plasmids

In class recently we discussed the application of plasmids in Biotechnology. I was blown away with the thought that modern science had the ability to think so abstractly and apply this scientific breakthrough to the real world. The idea of … Keep Reading

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Blackfish Goes Viral

“What did you do last weekend?” “Oh, I finished season 6 of Gossip Girl on Netflix.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that someone was on Netflix, I would have enough money to buy out SeaWorld. … Keep Reading

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Facing the Torrent

Black-spotted Rock Frog (Staurois guttatus)Image from Wikimedia Commons I thought it would be a good idea to do a report on a frog and I came across the torrent frog, more specifically the Staurois guttatus. The article I came across … Keep Reading

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Trouble Understanding Operons? Watch This Video!

If you want to play with the simulation that Mr. Andersen used to make this video, check out the PhET website here.

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