Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another article just in time for Halloween

I ran across this article in the NY Times, Still Spooked by High-fructose Corn Syrup. As a person who loves chocolate chip cookies and Dr. Pepper and basically a weakness for sweet stuff, I wasn't spooked until reading this article. A little food for thought before consuming all that halloween candy!

A Modern Day "Monkey Trial"

In 2004 the Dover Board of Education voted to include "Intelligent Design" in the science curriculum. This led to a historic First Amendment trial. Laurie Lebo, a reporter who covered the trial has written a book, "The Devil in Dover" about these events and trial. This fits directly in with our discussions about evolution and intelligent design. Read the interview and post a comment!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NFL players plagued with antibiotic-resistant Staph infections.

Here's a real life example of something we talked about at the beginning of the year - the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this case, many NFL players have been diagnosed with a particularly virulent strain of Staph known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Certain teams, such as the Cleveland Browns, seem to be particularly heavy hit by this dangerous infection. Read the article linked above to find out more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Just in time for Halloween!

Well here's a fun little article to get your blood flowing, so to speak! Maybe Dracula had it right all along??? Read "A Taste for Blood!"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fish Fossil Yields Anatomical Clues on How Animals of the Sea Made It to Land

This article, published this week in the NY Times, describes new fossil finds that expand our understanding of how early vertebrates made the transition from water to land. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A beautiful example of how chemistry and biology are intertwined!

The Nobel prize in Chemistry was awarded today to three guys who developed fluorescent proteins. This article provides a cool slideshow demonstrating many uses for this protein, along with a discussion of it's development. These fluorescent proteins have been used as markers, allowing biologists to figure out many critical biochemical pathways within cells. The mechanism by which ATP synthase (which we are currently discussing in class) leads to the production of ATP, for example, was elucidated using these markers. Check it out!