Biology
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<<Glasbergen, Randy (1998). Cartoon #7. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from Todays Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen Web site: http://www.glasbergen.com/images/ed7.gif>>



I know that this doesn't any relevance to Biology, but it does have a bit to Physics and Calculus, and with physics being a science I suppose it can be on my wikispace. Anyways I just watched this musical video about derivatives and it is just about one of the funniest things that I have seen in a long time.


<<(2008, May 08). I Will Derive. Retrieved December 11, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9dpTTpjymE&feature=related >>

The Youtube video bellow is also very funny, it is another little song. But this video actually has some relevance to biology, it takes about DNA, and also a few of the different organelles in a very original way.

<<(2008, Februay 18). Soulja Science. Retrieved December 11, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VmfD6R5F1g >>


The other day when I opened my email my dad had sent me a link to an article that he thought I would fins very interesting. It happened to be awesome and I would like to share it with all of you guys:) Anyways the article is about a doctor who went into a babys brain because he thought the baby had a tumor. After going into the brain the doctor did not find a tumor at all but a foot growing inside its head. Just follow the link below to read the full article and see the short video that is with the article.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SecondOpinion/story?id=6488655&page=1

<<(2008, December 18). Foot Grows in Baby's Brain. Retrieved December 19, 2008, from ABC News Website: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SecondOpinion/story?id=6488655&page=1>>

After watching Dom's What You Ought to Know video in class a little while ago, I became intrested in what other effects cell phone use is associated. I came across this artical/video combination, it is all about how the part of your brain that controls your vision is affected and is not as active when having a conversation. This is really disturbing considering the number of people that drive while talking on the phone, which is what the video is all about.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2005/0806-cell_phone_risk.htm
<<(2005, August 1). Cell Phone Risk. Retrieved November 25, 2008, from Science Daily Website: http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2005/0806-cell_phone_risk.htm >>

The link below this is actually an artical that gives a summary from testing that has been done on students that has to deal with why some students excel at math and why others don't. It is all about how quickly and how acurate you are at estimating sums, the data they found shows that a students performane in math is effected by this, and they have even looked at math scores though kidergarten to grade 9 .
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080907211940.htm

<<Johns Hopkins University (2008, September 8). As Easy As 1, 2, 3: Number Sense Correlates With Test Scores. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2008/09/080907211940.htm>>

This next link is to a very interesting website that has a lot of cool and interesting things on it. This link in particular is to a good artical on why different people like different types of foods, it also has a lot do with the fact that our sense of taste is directly connected to our sense of smell. On the artical page there is also a nice video that I couldn't find a URL to, but you can watch it by clicking on the link below.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/0608-why_i_hate_anchovies.html<<(2001, June 1). Why I Hate Anchovies?. Retrieved September 17, 2008, from Science Daily Website:http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/0608-why_i_hate_anchovies.htm>>



The Brain!!!


One thing that I find really interesting about science is the study of the brain, also know as Neurology, this interests me because the brain controls all of our functions and it does everything for use, makes us think, lets us see and so much more. With that being said I found this wonderful video on Youtube, it is a little song about the different parts of the brain, sung by my childhood favorite cartoon characters the Pinky and the Brain!!



<<(2006, April 11). Parts Of The Brain. Retrieved November 3, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5nMsXg1Lk >>

Now that we know some of the parts of the brain, below is a very short
but interesting article on how chewing gum actually stimulates the brain and makes you preform better in your ability to remember information and to remember everyday things like telephone numbers.
http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/chewing_gum_stimulates_the_brain.html

<<Wolfgang, (2008). Brain Health and Puzzles. Retrieved September 26, 2008, from Chewing Gum Stimulates the Brain Web site: http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/chewing_gum_stimulates_the_brain.html>>

Ever had to choose between two really good things. Maybe it was deciding which pair of shoes to buy, maybe it was what sell phone plan to get or which t-shirt looks the nicest for your younger siblings for a Christmas? Well Akshay Rao a makerting prof. has conducted some research in the brain and found what thoughts are going through the brain when e have to make these difficult purchasing descisions. The study also shows that when a third less appelling item is throw into the mix the decision is much easier to make and more satisfying.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081211141846.htm

<<University of Minnesota (2008, December 14). Inside The Consumer Mind: Brain Scans Reveal Choice Mechanism. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 14, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/12/081211141846.htm >>

Okay so I was just on the science daily website and I found this really interesting article on how searching the web actually help your brain and increases your brain function, the study was conducted on people aged 55-76 but my thinking is that if it increases brain function in people that are a bit older then we are it would also increase our brain function.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081014111043.htm


<<University of California - Los Angeles (2008, October 15). Searching The Internet Increases Brain Function. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 27, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/10/081014111043.htm>>

And now for some fun brain facts.
Results from cognitive tests show 30% of 80-year-olds perform as well as young adults.
Your brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body's energy.
The energy used by the brain is enough to light a 25 watt bulb.
More electrical impulses are generated in one day by a single human brain than by all the telephones in the world.
70,000 is the number of thoughts that it is estimated the human brain produces on an average day.
After age 30, the brain shrinks a quarter of a percent (0.25%) in mass each year.
Albert Einsteins brain weighed 1,230 grams (2.71 lbs), significantly less then the human average of 1,300g to 1,400g (3 lbs).
The brain can stay alive for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen. After that cells begin die.
The slowest speed at which information travels between neurons is 416 km/h
10 seconds is the amount of time until unconsciousness after the loss of blood supply to the brain.
The left hemisphere of the brain has 186 million more neurons than the right hemisphere.
There are about 100 billion neurons in the human brain, the same number of stars in our galaxy.


<<Wolfgang, (2008). Fun Facts About The Brain. Retrieved September 28, 2008, from Brain Health And Puzzles Web site: http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_about_the_brain.html >>

I recently found this video off of Youtube that shows what happens to the brain if it has an addiction, and how it actually permently changes the brain. This video also talks a bit on how doctors and researchers are trying to find/make a drug that will actually stop an addiction all together.

<<Science central, (2008, October 10). Addicted Brain Changes. Retrieved November 6, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=4mQndbmisvI&feature=channel >>



VIDEOSAfter finding out how large my carbon footprint is, I decided to do a bit of research on what it said that I can do to minimize the size of my footprint. One of things it said was that I used way to electricity and that I could be using an alternative ressource to obtain that energy. The first thing that came to my mind when thinking about alternative ressources for electricity is solar pannels. Solar pannels are very big heavy and can only be place on flat sufaces, or hung from roof tops, or that is atleast what I thought. I recently found this video on Youtube about how this man was able to make the clunky big solar pannel into a thin flexible transparent solar pannel. It has the same function as an orginal solar pannel but is mush easier to move and to find a place to put it.


<<(2008, November 06). See Through Solar Cells. Retrieved November 25, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ZbuZvq_30 >>


Here is a kind of interesting video that I found while researching for my biology project on cloning. I mentioned it at the end of the project, and think that is kind of crazy, because I can't understand why someone would morgage their house just to have their pet cloned, but I guess some people REALLY love their pets.


<<(2007, August 07). Clone Your Animals. Retrieved October 14, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs3XlW2k7dc >>

This next video I think is interesting because it has to do with something we just studied, viruses, and applying it in a positive way. I found this video on scientists and how they are trying to use viruses to destroy cancer, and how they can create a virus that will target cancer cells and then go through the lytic or lysogenic cycles so in the end the virus will lyse all of the tumor cells.


<<Science central, (2008, October 9). Cancer Killing Viruses. Retrieved November 6, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=nE4LzddB3PI&feature=channel >>