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Book written in DNA code

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Two molecules of DNA

 

 

DNA is up there with the best forms of digital storage. Read this article from The Guardian to find out more

Albino Animals- example of mutation ans/or inheritance of rare recessive alleles

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Snowflake the Albino Gorilla

Albino animals are rare but many can be found around the world in zoos. They are the result of the inheritance of 2 recessive alleles or a mutation in the gene for the pigment melanin. To find out more click here.

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Albino Aligator

Also click here to read a article from the Daily Telegraph on Albino Animals

 

 

 

50 best photos from natural world

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Amazing photos from the natural world taken this year.

“Killer” plant eats bird

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Pitcher plant eats great tit (bird)

Carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant above and venus fly traps live in soil with a lack of nitrates which are needed to make protein.  Theyobtain nitrates by trapping small insects and and slowly digesting them. This pitcher plant trapped a bird which may have fell in as it tried to get an insect floating in the pitcher plants digestive juices. The bird will slowly be digested by the enzymes in the digestive juice.

Term 3 Double Helix Club: Nuclear Energy

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Do you get this science joke or is it just me?

I hope you found out alot of interesting information on nuclear reactions from the videos, stimulation and roleplay.

Play the nuclear fission and reactor stimulator here

<div style=”position: relative; width: 300px; height: 225px;”><a href=”http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/nuclear-physics/nuclear-fission_en.jnlp” style=”text-decoration: none;”><img src=”http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/nuclear-physics/nuclear-fission-screenshot.png” alt=”Nuclear Fission” style=”border: none;” width=”300″ height=”225″/><div style=”position: absolute; width: 200px; height: 80px; left: 50px; top: 72px; background-color: #FFF; opacity: 0.6; filter: alpha(opacity = 60);”></div><table style=”position: absolute; width: 200px; height: 80px; left: 50px; top: 72px;”><tr><td style=”text-align: center; color: #000; font-size: 24px; font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”>Click to Run</td></tr></table></a></div>

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/nuclear-fission

Please leave your reflection comments below.

The Naked Scientists Podcast

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The Naked Scientists Podcast

Listen to interesting science podcasts with The Naked Scientists as well as trying out some of their “kitchen” science experiments.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/

Cuckoo’s Egg Forgery Arm’s Race

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Cuckoo’s try to deceive other birds by laying their egg;s in other birds nest and trickign them in to bringing up their young.

However, If the host birds recognises a cuckoo egg, it will push it out of it’s nest.

Read about this evolutionary “arms race” here

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9418000/9418131.stm

Radiation and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident

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An aerial View of the the Fukushima Reactor

An interesting article trign to explain what may have happened to the Reactors after the earthquake and tsunami

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110322/full/471417a.html?s=news_rss

Also, this infographic gives you an idea of the relative doses of radiation released from the reactor and into the surrounding area.

http://xkcd.com/radiation/

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