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Evolution of Birds Cladogram Practice

2011/03/08
By Ms Baker
Evolution of Birds Cladogram Practice

Does the theory that birds are modern-day dinosaurs surprise you? Well, check out this website! Not only will it answer many of your questions, but it will give you great practice with cladograms. The exploration is very informative and highly entertaining.  Want more practice?  Check out this website.
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Weekend Update: Cell Size and HeLa Cells

2011/01/31
By Student Group
Weekend Update: Cell Size and HeLa Cells

This is the first post in a new series.  Each Friday, students volunteer to submit a podcast summarizing what we did in class.  Thanks to Aurora, Deirdre, and Monica for bravely volunteering to submit the first podcast! This week’s update discusses why cells are small, cancer cells, and the controversy over HeLa cells.
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Invertebrate Poll

2010/03/05
By Ms Baker

As a side note, I left out Phylum Chordata even though it does contain some invertebrates.
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Invertebrate Videos

2010/03/04
By Ms Baker
Invertebrate Videos

In honor of our invertebrate lab and exploration of the animal kingdom, I’d like to invite you to hunt for some interesting invertebrate videos on the web.  I could really use videos for the following phyla: Nematoda Platyhelminthes Annelida Mollusca But, any phylum will do.  Post a link to the video here and include...
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Cladogram Lab

2010/03/03
By Ms Baker
Cladogram Lab

First, a review of our “fossils”: Below are the results from one group (Sam, Mike S, Jack, and Alec).   Now, let’s debate!  What information do you disagree with?  How was your cladogram different/better?  What characteristics did you identify and how did you explain them?  In your comments, use research-based explanations with links to...
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Do Girls Help Boys Focus?

2010/02/25
By Jenna G
Do Girls Help Boys Focus?

If you ask a little boy what he thinks about a girl he is more than likely going to say “Ew, girls have cooties!” What they don’t know is that cooties are good for them.  Well…girls are at least. According to a new study boys are more successful on academic things when there are more...
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Are Sports More Important than School?

2010/02/14
By Student
Are Sports More Important than School?

by Hope 75% of parents let their child skip an exam for an important game, and only 47% of musicians’ parents would let them skip an exam for a concert or performance. A study conducted at the University of Haifa by Sharon Yaniv, Prof. Ron Lidor and Prof. Avigdor Klingman looked at 203 students...
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Pedigree Practice

2010/01/26
By Ms Baker
Pedigree Practice

Go here to work on the problems. When you’re attempting to answer these problems you must first answer the following questions: a) Is this a sex-linked trait or a non-sex linked trait? b) Is this a dominant trait or a recessive trait?
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Sickle-Cell Anemia isn’t Half-bad!

2010/01/25
By Stevie
Sickle-Cell Anemia isn’t Half-bad!

This post was originally published on December 16, 2007. Not half bad? How can a disease be “not half bad”? Well, in a way, sickle cell anemia isn’t “half bad” at all! Sickle cell anemia is a disorder of the red blood cells that mainly occurs in African countries. It’s a genetic disorder where...
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The Curse of the “Smart” Student

2010/01/13
By Ms Baker
The Curse of the “Smart” Student

This is a repost.  The original article was published on March 6, 2008. Take this short quiz*. Answer yes or no to each question. There is no right or wrong answer so don’t think too hard about each question. Just answer it honestly. 1.My intelligence is something very basic about me that I can’t...
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