Honors Biology Page

This is Greg Kennedy's Honors Biology Page to score 100 points!

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There is lots of stuff here!
  1. Research projects from my friends and I
  2. Some important recent news events
  3. Mrs. Gibney's Seventh-Hour Class Schedule
  4. Some useful biology links
  5. Write to me! I like it when people talk to me!
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Research Projects

This is the part where I show the results from a number of the Required Research Projects in Mrs. Gibney's Class. Note that these DO NOT go into all the detail that your science project will need, nor should you feel the need to steal any of these ideas. They should give you an idea as to what's done and what's not, though.


PLANTS AND MUSIC

This is my personal science project. It involved six cups, sixty grass seeds and two CD players. Basically, I took ten grass seeds and put them in each cup. Then I put them together in the sun, and put some headphones running into four of the cups. Then I put lids on them. Two of the cups heard no music, two heard classical and two heard 'The Urge' CD.

Results? Of course not. Check out this table:

		Average plant heights:
Control 9.6 cm
Classical 8.9 cm
Rock music 8.9 cm

For some reason, classical did really badly. Why? I don't know. If classical music should help your brain cells, then why doesn't it help plant cells? (Maybe it is that thick cell wall) Also, the control had the tallest grass shoot, reaching 15 cm tall! The Rock music group scored for lowest shoot, at 3.4 cm tall.


MUSIC AND SLEEP

This is Heather Brantman's science project. She tried to find out whether or not music will help you sleep if you play it while sleeping. To test this, she played some music (jazz, classical, and nature sounds of loons) while she slept and recorded how she felt the next day. She reports that she had weird dreams and her sleep was disturbed a lot by the music. Apparently, you shouldn't listen to music while sleeping.

BACTERIA: KITCHEN VS. BATHROOM

This is Ryan Grass's science project. He wanted to know which room has more bacteria - the kitchen or the bathroom. He got some petri dishes and rubbed a Q-tip on 5 different places in each room. Then he rubbed the Q-tip on a petri dish and stained the bacteria and saw which one grew bigger. The bathroom had a lot, but the kitchen had a lot more bacteria. Make sure you wipe everything off the next time you cook something!

MUSIC AND NUMERICAL MEMORY

This is Andy Nelson's science project. (You just know it'll be good!) He first found a test subject (Brent Smith) and then came up with the question: which types of music appear to affect numerical memory? He gave Brent three tests and then recorded his scores for those. Then he would have the Brent listen to fifteen minutes of music, then take the tests again with different numbers. The styles of music were jazz, classical, classic rock, alternative rock, and Weird Al Yankovic. The results were that Brent did better on the alternative rock than the others. Classical and Classic Rock were a close second, behind by only 1/9 of a point. The results also showed that Weird Al and jazz music did worse than silence, but not by much. The subject's musical preference also didn't seem to change the results (Weird Al didn't make Brent any smarter.) All in all, it appears that more testing would be required, but it slightly shows that music can enhance numerical memory. ----------------------------

Current Events

Here you can see some of the important things going on in science right now. Technically when you see this it probably won't be new news anymore, but I do have some cool pictures nonetheless.

11/18/1998 LEONID METEOR SHOWER STRIKES EARTH!

Meteors streaked through the skies over Asia in blazes of red and white as the biggest meteor storm in decades reached its climax just before dawn today.

The shower is caused by the Earth's passage through the long tail of the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The storm got its name because it appears to come from the direction of the constellation Leo.

Though the night sky remained bright in the Tokyo area, meteors could be seen streaking across the skies every two or three minutes at the peak of the display. In the United States, the best seats were wherever the sky was darkest and clearest. The crowds that gathered at sites in the Mojave Desert in California early Tuesday were enthusiastic.
All content 1998 The Kansas City Star

Hey, if you missed the meteor shower because it was too cloudy (I did too!) don't fret. It will be back next November, just as bright as it was this year!


12/1/1998 CLINTON DECLARES WORLD AIDS DAY

President Clinton marked World AIDS Day today by pledging a package of assistance to nations that must combat the spread of the deadly disease while caring for increasing numbers of children orphaned by it.

Clinton announced $10 million in grants for the care of AIDS orphans and highlighted a 30 percent increase in funding to the National Institutes of Health for research on HIV prevention and treatment around the world. Though the grants are small, Clinton said, they will make a huge difference by giving orphaned children a place to live, food to eat or a chance to go to school.

The president is sending his AIDS policy adviser, Sandy Thurman, to southern Africa to gather facts about AIDS orphans and report on how the United States can respond to the problem.

Today's announcement came as AIDS organizations declared Clinton had not done enough to staunch the spread of the disease both abroad and at home. They said that, research dollars notwithstanding, Clinton's administration had failed in areas such as needle exchange programs and prevention, education efforts among U.S. minorities, whose HIV infection rates are going up.

Earlier this year, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV IDS criticized Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala for an "almost complete silence and continued inaction" on needle exchanges. Clinton's drug policy chief Barry McCaffrey opposed the programs, saying they jeopardized efforts to cut drug use.

As for AIDS in the United States, Vice President Al Gore was to announce $200 million for housing assistance for AIDS patients and their families. And Clinton was highlighting an earlier announcement of $156 million toward fighting AIDS among U.S. minorities. All content 1998 The Kansas City Star


11/30/98 HURRICANE SEASON ENDS WITH DEADLIEST TOLL IN 200 YEARS

This year's Atlantic season won't soon be forgotten, following an onslaught of storms that left a staggering trail of death and destruction across Central America and the Caribbean.

Six of the named storms - including the season's monsters, Georges and Mitch - affected the continental United States and caused millions in damage.

The season, which started June 1, ends today after producing the deadliest toll in 200 years. And more of the same is possible next year, said the hurricane forecaster William Gray of Colorado State University.

Gray, who underestimated this season's activity, said the last four years have been the most active ever for hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. He expects even more hurricanes in 1999.

With the gradual fading of the latest cycle of the El Niño phenomenon, which tends to suppress Atlantic hurricanes, 1998 saw 10 hurricanes and four tropical storms. And for the first time since 1893, there were four hurricanes at once in September.

The death toll of Hurricane Mitch will probably never be known, although it is estimated at 10,000. The deadliest single storm on record was in 1780, killing at least 20,000 people on Martinique. A 1900 storm killed 8,000 to 12,000 at Galveston, Texas. All content 1998 The Kansas City Star

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CLASS SCHEDULE

Here's the upcoming events for Mrs. Gibney's seventh-hour class:
  1. Every day: Science in the News!
  2. December 1: Lesson on Air Pollution
  3. December 3: Lesson on Radiation
  4. December 4: Homepage showing
  5. December 7: Guest Speaker
  6. December 8: Guest speaker
  7. December 11: All Honors work due
  8. December 22: Honors Biology Final
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LINKS

Some useful links:
  1. Kansas City Star: Your Source for Science in the News
  2. Peter Gaughan's Page: Your Source for Biology Info
  3. Music and Babies Page: Your Source For Playing Music To your Kids (one of my background sources for my project)
  4. NASA Webpage: Your Source for Information About Shooting Things Away (International Space Station and John Glenn)
  5. Karl Sickendick's Page: I Haven't Actually Been There, But I'm Sure It's Your Source For Something
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