How to Maximize Learning Biology With Your Own Biological Microscopes

So you are a sophomore or a junior in high school or probably you are a Biology major in the university? And you have a few or more biology subjects requiring the use of biological microscopes. Imagine all of the self-study and experiments you can finish faster if you just had one at your disposal.

Microscope and the Layman

What are biological microscopes? A microscope is a scientific instrument used to see objects too minute for the naked eye to see without any help. It comes from the Greek word “mikros” meaning small and “skopein” meaning to look or see. The study of investigating small objects or life forms using such an instrument is called microscopy.

Biological microscopes are microscopes specifically dedicated for the study of tiny “microscopic” organisms and or parts of plants or animals like tissue samples or blood samples. These microscopes are not only used for biology classes and studies but also the science in general.

Maximizing the Benefits of Your Own Biological Microscopes

Why spend long and tiring hours doing your experiments and making your science homeworks using your school’s microscope? Well not anymore. Biological microscopes come in many shapes, sizes, forms and models. The most important things to remember when you wish to purchase such an item are two things: how much do they cost and how often will you be using it for your school work? If you have this tool readily available you can do your homework or experiments anytime, anywhere you want. However, remember these devices are not really cheap so when you do succumb to the idea of buying one, you really really must need it or you could split the costs with your classmates.

To maximize the benefits for your biological microscopes, you should make sure that your school’s courseworks, whether it be homeworks or science experiments, are plentiful and that in most of them, that you can work on. If it is not enough, you can just probably resort to renting it. But if you do have that much science school work to do, it would be prudent to have such instrument lying just around to use at your own time and volition.

These microscopes are not only used for testing or examining animal or plant tissue samples. It is also basically useful for other science experiments and tests such as examining grains of sand or rocks or soil. It can also be used to examine different kinds of seeds and cross-sections of plant leaves or stems.

All in all, there are different applications of the uses of microscopes in your courseworks at school. The whole idea behind buying or renting one is to rid the dependency to go to back to your schools or universities science labs just to use their equipment. There isn’t also enough of them to go around for all the students. So make your choice. Dependence on what the school has? Or independence and finish all your school work way before the deadline arrives?

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Finding The Science In The Film Finding Nemo

One of the most beautifully animated films in cinematic history, Finding Nemo won over crowds and critics alike. With its heart-warming tale, detailed underwater scenery and cast of endlessly entertaining characters, this film has a special place in households around the world. But have you ever thought about bringing it into the science classroom?

Finding movies to show in a science class can be challenging; often you can only rely on short snippets from films, or on television programs like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” or “MythBusters”. Whether you’re looking for a multi-period lesson or for a reward movie to celebrate, Finding Nemo can fit the bill. It can be used to jump-start the natural interest that children have in ocean life, coral reefs, and marine biology.

This movie is one of the most curriculum-flexible films you can use. Screen it before, during or after a unit on marine biology. Show it during environmental science to discuss habitats and human impact. Finding Nemo is great for students of all ages, from age 8 to 18.

Older students who have finished a unit on marine life or have just studied the phenomenon of symbiosis, can take notes during (or after) the film on the types of marine life and scientific concepts seen in the film. There are dozens of types of marine life and biological concepts shown in the film, including: algae, anemone, atoll, camouflage, barrier reef, budding, calcium carbonate, clownfish, colony, commensal relationship, coral bleaching, crepuscular, diurnal, East Australian Current, equator, eyespots, food chain, fringing reef, habitat, lagoon, limestone, Loggerhead sea turtles, nocturnal, Pacific blue tang phytoplankton, polyps, predator, prey, reef, scavenger, sperm, symbiosis, symbiotic relationship, zooplankton, and zooxanthellae.

Have students compare and contrast the physical appearance of the creatures in the film and their real-life counterparts. How accurate were the animators? Students can also write a fun essay comparing and contrasting a coral reef to a city. Both have systems for power sources, waste management, housing, construction, health, and even advertising!

And then there is the analogy of a coral reef to a city. Who are the protectors? Who are the garbage men? Who builds? Who destroys?

Discussion questions can include:

– Give a description of three symbiotic relationships between animals on a coral reef.What does it mean when an animal is at the top of its food chain?

– When are predators more active? At dusk, at midday, in the night or in the morning? Why is this? “Diurnal” “Octurnal” What’s the difference?

– How could Nemo have avoided all problems that he caused himself and his father? Hint: it’s about obeying your parents?

– Name the largest non-human animal made structure in the world?

Welcoming Finding Nemo into your classroom can turn a routine marine biology lesson into an engrossing, and fun, experience for students of any age!

The Biology of Belief by Bruce H Lipton, Ph D

Books about how new findings of science support "New Age" beliefs have been common since at least since the Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra was first published many years ago. The most popular example is the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?"

However, the emphasis has been on physics, especially quantum physics. This book examines cell biology instead, though he also tries to rope in quantum physics. The author is a cell biologist with impressive credentials.

His central thesis – on the scientific level – is that our cells (and therefore ourselves) are not controlled by our DNA or genes. Rather, they react to their environment.

He doesn't spell this out, but I must assume there are genetic limits or boundaries. Our cells can't suddenly decide to change our eye color from blue to brown. If we're fully grown, I don't believe they can grow our skeletons even if we decide we wish to be professional basketball players.

This is a direct challenge to most of biology, which reveres our DNA and genes as the control mechanisms over who and what we are.

However, in recent years there's been a new branch of biology called epigenetics, which studies how our cells can choose to read or not read certain parts of our genes.

For example, the presence of certain genes are correlated with the possibility of developing certain cancers later in life. Newspaper stories make it sound as though women with the gene are "fated" to get breast cancer.

Lipton points out that depending on their environment, cells can choose to read or not read these genes, and therefore develop cancer – or not.

I find this quite reasonable. I believe I first encountered the term "epigenetics" when I read a book on resveratrol, the polyphenol found in grapes and grape products (such as red wine). The research into resveratrol suggests that it helps our cells to express the healthy parts of our genes while ignoring the unhealthy parts.

But here's where the author's case breaks down. He says the cell's environment includes electrical energy (true enough), and implies this is controlled by our beliefs.

And he brings in quantum mechanics to explain how our brains communicate with our cells to determine their actions.

It's not easy to follow, because he is a good writer and uses many scientific details, but this process is simply not explained in the same step by step detail he gives to cell biology. He makes many logical jumps.

I'm no expert, but I don't believe quantum physics even applies to the molecular level on which our biology is based. I thought it applied only to subatomic particles. By the time atoms combine to form molecules, they are matter and behave according to the laws of biochemistry.

In one chapter he goes into great detail about the importance of parents programming their children positively, starting with their own health. He cites many statistics showing that children exposed in the womb to alcohol and tobacco suffer health problems later on.

He seems to shift from rejecting determinism by genes to adopting determinism by parental influence.

At the end, he really cops out by acknowledging that he doesn't have a way to change our subconscious programming – which controls our beliefs.

Instead, he redirects us to check out a program for that created by someone else.

There's a lot of interesting material here. I believe it raises lots of interesting and valuable questions, but it doesn't make its case.

Science, Technology, Biology And Our Future

A new era of science has begun. Starting now, and lasting for at least the next 15 years, many discoveries will be made and found at an incredible rate. Of course we will have incredible discoveries 15 years out, but right now marks a particular point in our history within science and technology that will shape our lives for many years ahead, and will revolutionize our thinking. Here are just a few of those things that will change the world.

Within the past year a new form of stem cell research has begun. Stem cell research has always been riddled with controversy because of the need for human embryos. A new technique is being perfected that allows scientists to take the skin cells off of a patient and essentially transforms them into stem cells (this has currently only been done on animals). With a patient's own stem cells now (from the patients skin, no embryos needed) available they can then convert them into any cell in the body and replicate them. This is huge, and advancements can come quickly now because human embryos aren't needed and politics won't get in the way.

Recently the Large Hadron Collider project announced it's soon-to-be completion. They installed the last major part in this huge under ground particle accelerator. Scientists are hoping by bashing elements and atoms at near light speeds they can unravel many of the mysteries in science and quantum mechanics. The Large Hadron Collider will possibly tell us if there are other dimensions, and possibly make Michio Kaku happy by also letting us know if strings do exist (sub atomic scale) and if String Theory is fact.

Lastly, we are also entering a new telescope type era. The Large Binocular Telescope has officially announced its competition. It has two 8.4 meter mirrors to view the night sky like never before. It will have ten times the resolution of the Hubble Telescope. Coming up we have the Kepler Mission which will look at 100,000 stars and look for earth-like planets in space. We also have the Giant Magellan Telescope, and The Thirty Meter Telescope (Major Funding By Gordon Moore) slated form completion by 2015.

Within the next 10 years these telescopes will be able to confirm if there are truly rocky earth-like worlds out there with the ingredients for life. Our new science is telling us that at least a quarter of all stars have planets orbiting them. Considering that there are about 400 billion stars in our galaxy, and at least 100 billion galaxies, the odds are great for earth-like planets to be around. We already have confirmed multiple rocky slightly larger than earth planets in the habitable zone. With our new technology and telescopes we can see just how many there are, and exactly what their atmospheres are made out of.

Going a step further. It's possible we will make one of the biggest discoveries of all time within the next 20 years if we continue at the rate of technological advancement that we are going at. We may possibly know the answer to if there is other life out there, not from earth. I personally believe it could simply be there is or isn't, but the scientific community is saying within 15-20 years we may finally have an answer.

Concluding. We are making huge advancements in medicine, technology, space, and other areas. It's interesting to see how far we have come as a civilization. Hopefully along with our advancements we still realize how important the simple things are and keep our earth healthy and clean. It is an exciting future, enjoy the ride.