Thursday, April 28, 2016

THIS WEEK

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones
Honors Bio
April 28, 2016

This week, we reviewed our test and completed a packet on natural selection. It was pretty difficult, but we got through it. I hope we can move on quickly and finish the semester on a good note.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

This Week With Brande

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones

This week, we only had class 3 days out of the week. No class on Monday, so we took a partner quiz on Teusday. No class on Wednesday, so we retook a quiz on Thursday. On Friday, we had a test after a little bit of review. Lots of Tests and Quizzes, but we made it..

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Biology Article of the Week

Mark Grove
April 22, 2016
This week, I found an article about moving on from fossil fuels. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past. He wants to make this change in less than 10 years where it could have taken over a century in the past. To do this, he needs help from governments around the world.

I was interested by this article because I think that it is something we really need to do. I look forward to seeing changes in the immediate future. Hopefully, the next generation(s) will be positively affected by these changes.

One quote I found was this: "Left to evolve by itself -- as it has largely been in the past -- this can indeed take many decades." Apparently, this person has plans to facilitate his efforts in changing this. Another one is this: "Moving to a new, cleaner energy system would require significant shifts in technology, political regulations, tariffs and pricing regimes, and the behaviour of users and adopters."

What I wonder is which type of energy we would switch to, as it is not specifically listed in the article.

Monday, April 18, 2016

This Week

This week in Honors Bio, we learned about RNA, or ribonucleic acid. I liked comparing DNA and RNA... until we had a quiz on Friday

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones
Honors Biology
April 15, 2016
Biology Article of the Week
I found an article that mixes technology with biology. Apparently, scientists are trying to compose a synthetic skin that allows robots to recognize and feel what is around them. Although there are many prototypes for this invention, the challenge is to produce a fully functional low cost alternative that is very thin and malleable. Apparently, work is being done to achieve this soon.

In my opinion, this article was very interesting because it talked about making robots seem human. Although this might not seem like a good idea to some, it could drastically improve the industry of biotechnology. I look forward to seeing how this material could be used in everyday life in the future.

One quote that I found interesting was this: "The researchers created a smart skin out of ultra-thin plastic films and just four electrodes made from silver nanowires. Other prototypes contain up to 36 electrodes." Although I don't know some of the stuff they are talking about, it encouraged me to look it up online. Another quote is this: "Testing showed that the skin was highly sensitive. It could "feel" a honeybee as it flew toward and away from the device."

I still wonder if sometime in the near future robots could seem like humans and possibly be identical in some cases. It is almost uncanny that biotechnology allows robots to have human characteristics.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Weekly Summary

This week in Dr. Jones' class, we did a lot of fun and interesting activities. First, we continued our fruit fly lab and birthed larvae. Then, we determined our blood types through a series of tests. It was a lot easier than I thought it would have been. We also retook a quiz on genetics this week. This week was great..

Article of the Week

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones
Honors Bio
April 1, 2016
Article of the Week
I was very interested in my article of the week this week. It was about transparent wood that might be used for windows. Apparently, scientists alter it in some way that makes it somewhat see-through. Because wood is a renewable resource, it is easy to mass produce in this fashion and should be fairly cheap.

I liked the article because it talked about something that I had never heard of before, using wood as windows. I would like to see where this project goes and if I will ever see this product in real life. I wonder how useful it would be to different people.

A quote that I found interesting was this: "When the lignin is removed, the wood becomes beautifully white. But because wood isn't not naturally transparent, we achieve that effect with some nanoscale tailoring." I think it's interesting how they can alter the color of the wood using molecular means. Another quote is this: "No one has previously considered the possibility of creating larger transparent structures for use as solar cells and in buildings." I wonder why nobody's ever thought about doing this before...

One question I have is this: can the wood be fully transparent and functional as a real window or would the vision be impaired?