Skelly, K (2008). Floss' Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from K. Skelly's Website Web site: http://web.syr.edu/~kskelly/comics.html

Enmedia, December 21 2010: The End. Retrieved October 19, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11iCmzGnOI8

This is a video that discusses December 21st, 2012: the supposed day that the world will end. It talks how about many religions, as different as they are, claim that this will be the earth's final day. The science-based reason is intense solar flares will occur. But here is the real question: Is this actually going to happen? Will the world end as we know it in a mere 4 years? Only time will tell.

Lanier, Jaron. "Octopus Transformation". Youtube. December 7th, 2008 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiUzEr29bWY>.

This is a pretty cool video showing an octopus's incredible ability to blend in with its surroundings. Octupi use camouflage to hide and protect themselves from predators. The most amazing thing about this video is not only how quick it happens, but how the octopus really looks like a part of the coral!


//**Awareness Test**//
If you do the test properly, you might realize you're not as attentive as you think!

I thought I'd post something Christmas related over the break. Work has kept me busy (lots of pre & post-Christmas shoppers!), but I thought I'd go ahead and post something anyway! Here's a short comical video on "The Science of Christmas". Enjoy & Happy New Year:)//

Kehs, Paul. "The Science of Christmas." Youtube 31 Dec 2008 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E6wzlLLMC4>.
links2.jpg How Stuff Works - a useful science site built around answering intriguing questions about how everything works
Brain Fitness Channel - a site full of information about the brain and how it works, as well as brain teasers, tests, and more.
Your Weight On Other Worlds - a site where you can find out how much you weight on other planets!

More links to come!

When Jay Leno went J-walking and asked pedestrians biology questions, he discovered some amazing new facts about life:

Jay Leno: "How does blood circulate in the human body?"
A high school cheerleader: "I not exactly sure. Does it go down the right leg and up the left?"

Jay Leno: "Can you name the three kinds of blood vessels?"
A freshman at UCLA: "Yes. Arteries, veins and caterpillars."

Jay Leno: Where is the alimentary canal located?"
A high school dropout: "Is it at the border of New York State and Canada?"

A boy was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his mother, "How was I born?"
"Well honey..." said the slightly prudish mother, "the stork brought you to us."
"Oh," said the boy, "and how did you and daddy get born?"
"Oh, the stork brought us too."
"Well how were grandpa and grandma born?" the boy persisted.
"Well darling, the stork brought them too!" said the mother, by now starting to squirm a little.

Several days later, the boy handed in his paper to the teacher who read with confusion the opening sentence: "This report has been very difficult to write due to the fact that there hasn't been a natural childbirth in my family for three generations."

Jupiter Scientific, "Biology Jokes". December 7th, 2008 http://www.palomar.edu/dsps/actc/mla/mlainternet.html.
Top 20 Most Germ-Infested Places

  1. Airplane Toilets
  2. Hospitals and Medical Clinics Waiting Areas
  3. Public Drinking Fountains (0.6-1.2 million bacteria per sq inch on the spigot)
  4. Supermarkets and Grocery Store where raw or frozen foods can be handled
  5. Shopping Cart Handles and Shopping Basket Handles
  6. Currency (Cash)
  7. ATM Buttons (averages 1,200 bacteria per button)
  8. Elevator Buttons (3,500 bacteria per square inch)
  9. Vending Machines Buttons
  10. Shared Ink Pens or Pencils (2,350 bacteria per square inch)
  11. Playground Equipment (even fast food play centers)
  12. Daycare centers equipment, toys and books
  13. Escalator Handrails
  14. Mats and Exercise equipment in Health Clubs
  15. Hotel Drinking Glasses
  16. Hotel Room Remote Control
  17. Public transport hand rails, hand poles and arm-rest (in planes, trains, buses and taxis)
  18. Gas pump nozzles
  19. Cafeteria trays (33,800 bacteria per square inch)
  20. Theaters, Clubs, Sports Venues, Games Arcade and Recreational Facilities amenities

    Unknown, (December 17, 2007). Top 22 Germ Infested Places. Retrieved September 18, 2008, from Team Rich World Press Web site: http://teamrich.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/top-22-germ-infested-places/


    Did you know...

    - Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked

    - On average, half of all false teeth have some form of radioactivity.

    - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is predicted to topple over between 2010 and 2020.

    - Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.

    - A leech has 32 brains

    - A turtle can breathe through its butt.

    - A study concludes that kids who snore do poorly in school.

    - Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot.

    Amusing Facts, "Science & Technology Facts". November 25th, 2008 <http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Science_and_Technology/>.
    **Chocolate Rules!** - Here's an article about a food we all know and love (well, at least I do), CHOCOLATE:) It talks about why it's tastes so good and can even be good for you!

    Homework Blues - I know we all have are off days, but did you know that it might be good for your school work? This article claims that in a recent study, students in a bad mood actually got more work done. Who knew?