There's no denying that Bill Nye had a huge influence on children and teen's of today. Just ask any American child of his name, and you will get an immediate recollection, perhaps even the chorus of his show's theme song. Bill Nye incorporated the essence of many of our childhoods. His videos feature an eccentric scientist that uses goofiness to relate to young children and teach them aspects of science. In many ways, he portrays the archetype of the "mad scientist", not through ways of insanity, but more through offbeat and "wacky" behavior.
This past week, I looked more into the idea of the love of friendship appearing in the scientific world. In this case, I thought the best place to look would be in biology and communities of animals. I found this source, which was a study that went on for several years observing the interactions of a primate community to see if there were any type of sociological patterns going on. After several years, the researchers found that among the females in the population, behavior of friendship was starting to appear.
The majority of the information that I found came from an article entitled “Theory of Everything” which is found in the magazine New Scientist. I chose to use this article because it had a lot of information about string theory and the search for a grand unified theory but it was also written in a way that I could understand. However, even my summary of this article is rather dense, so if there are any definitions or ideas that you would like to be better explained, I urge you to either post your questions as comments to this or look the ideas up on your own.
The tool used to edit genes is called CRISPR-Cas9, which stands for Clustered regular interspaced short palindromic repeats. CRISPR has become more and more popular in the scientific world for its applications towards both biological and therapeutic tools. A new concern about CRISPR is its specificity, off-target mutations have been broadly studied, but have proven to be one of the main obstacles in the delay of genetic editing.
In my research, I have been looking of a good definition for love. I am wondering if love as defined by Christian teachings has appeared in scientific research. I have my doubts, but I first need to find a solid definition of love as explained by Christianity before looking at the science part of it. I stumbled upon the book “Four Loves” by CS Lewis, which explains the four types of loves that appear in the bible. Explained in Greek, they are agape, storge, eros, and philia.
This article dives into the ethical debate of Gene Editing and the need to pause in our advances in the subject until we can weigh the risks. The article evaluates the procedure as well as discusses the possible benefits of using Crispr-Cas9 to alter specific genes. Following the positive sides of gene editing, the article shed some light over a concern in the science world of Gene Editing, and gave a specific example of editing gone wrong in testing.
The first thing that I researched was why physicists are actually trying to unify the four fundamental forces. To find out the answer to this, I checked out a favorite website of mine: physics.stackexchange.com, which is like answers.com for physics nerds. I read a few of the responses to that question and from my understanding, physicists are trying to unify these forces because first off, it would be a marvelous intellectual achievement.
Today I learned more about the science behind gene editing, and how scientists are able to go about changing a sequence of DNA. I learned that CRISPR, a gene editing tool used to modify genes, stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat. I also learned that there is some concern in the science community about the potential repercussions on embryos if the DNA repair mechanisms happen to “miss”.
The topic I’ve taken on for my research paper is a topic that has been argued for many years now: the coexistence of religion and science. I want to go into a scientific field in college, but I have been raised in a religious family and school for most of my life. I feel like this is a question that I need to address before it confronts me later down the road.
My class, AP Language and Composition, is about to embark on the daunting task of writing a research paper on any topic of our choice. When debating which topic intrigued me the most, I brainstormed an array of topics I could choose from and found that over 90% of those topics were medical-related. Why not do something that will sustain my interest for a long period of time? My interest in this field has been unwavering since I can remember, and it only felt natural to feed my medical curiosity. The cat is out of the bag and is looking for the closest OR room.
Gay and transgender individuals are becoming more and more common, but there is still one unanswered question that many people, both inside and out of the LGBT community, are asking: Is it a choice? And even further, if homosexuality and transgenderism really are biological, where do they come from?
Lately scientists have started to notice the thinning of Mars's atmosphere. They suspect the cause to be solar storms coming from the sun. These storms carry very very strong solar rays that gradually blast away at Mar's once Earth like atmosphere.
The practice of spectroscopically analyzing biological matter (such as enzymes and tissues) can be simplified down to a single word: biospectroscopy. One of many words that I particularly like is the word “biospectroscopy”. First of all, the word is long, simply sounds cool, and is fun to say. The meaning of the word is the spectroscopic analysis of biological matter/elements.
Investigate: Overall Idea: The sprite attends the school VSGE--Virtual School of Global Education. The sprite starts off outside the school, and to get in, the player clicks the door. Once inside, there is a screen that says “Welcome to VSGE--the Virtual School of Global Education. Your schedule is Spanish, Humanities, Math, then Science. Your goal is to earn at least 8 points before lunch and get some popularity. In each class, the player gets 20 seconds to read as much information as possible before class starts.
My part of a group game, was making a science game. Here is my original plan and my progress:
Game Concept: Determining which substance is safe to drink (based on acids, bases, and neutral)
Objective: To find as many safe substances to drink.
Game Mechanics: There are going to be three to four different substances that are labeled and a sprite, the viewer will be able to click on a substance for the sprite to drink and based on the substances’ pH level one substance will be safe to drink while others will not.
Investigate: Brainstorming Ideas: Game with questions after every level Multiplayer: every time you answer a question right, you get to attack the other player. Also whoever answers the question right first gets to attack the other. Racing game, every time you answer the question right, you get to move forward in the race. Platformer where you need to answer quizzes to advance. A role playing game where it takes place in the exploration of Christopher Columbus.
Project Concept: A mini game that tests the player’s knowledge of science. The game will have questions that the character will have to answer to survive, and the questions will get more and more complex as the character progresses.