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New Approach to Explaining Evolution’s Big Bang
I am surprised on how complex evolution is. It relies on many factors, such as calcium which can poison cells, and so the animals grew bones out of it to get rid of it.I used to think that it was all one line back to the same ancestor.
New Approach to Explaining Evolution’s Big Bang-
It really amazes me that scientists are proposing that we somehow evolve from these ancient sea creatures. First apes, and now this. Scientists believe that these sea creatures had to adapt to harsh environments such as rise in sea level exposure to toxins and more. This led to development of shells, vertebrae, bones and more. Thus created new animals and evolution.
I think that the Great White article was very informative and interesting. I never really knew that Cape Cod was a feeding ground or even an area to catch great fish. I did know that when a fisherman catches a shark they take blood and can track it's next moves. I think that we should just leave the sharks alone because their numbers have gone down greatly in the past years. The fact that when they are released and exhausted is a sign to leave them alone. This article was great overall and very informative.
It is amazing that this doctor was able to make an artificial windpipe and replace the mans windpipe that was filled with cancer. The doctor built a "scaffold" of a windpipe and then he grew the guys own cells from his stem cells. This took away the risk of rejection which happens when you transplant organs. The man is getting a chance to live without windpipe cancer
I think it makes sense that people 6,500 years ago figured out how to make a filling for a cavity. The article says these people used beeswax for other things so it makes sense that they figured out how to use wax to stop the pain from a toothache.
This is an important find because it could prove that these ancient humans could be more intelligent than we think they were. What other tools did they know how to use? I feel that this quesrion and many ithers will be answered in time.
I find this to be very strange. There are many women who are just as competant as men in their respective fields. I think they should get more opportunities and respect.
This is a wonderful way to learn more about great white sharks. They are very mysterious creatures. The more we know about great whites, the more we can learn about their prey and the ocean around them.
Finding beeswax as a tooth filling on a jawbone shows that in spite of many advances in science, we are still afflicted with conditions that have existed for thousands of years- that is, dental cavities! If indeed, the ancient men used beeswax for dental filling, it only shows how ingenious the ancient men were. It will be interesting to find out more medicinal uses for beeswax.
The invention of an artificial windpipe made of plastic and man's own cells is very promising especially to those people who are awaiting organ transplants. For kidney transplants alone, the waiting list grows by 3,000 to 4,000 patients each year. This potential breakthrough gives these people a chance of hope for better life.
This was an interesting find found in the ocean that tells about the evolution of animals. The Myllokunmingia had a vertebrate just like us, and now scientists are even suggesting that we evolved from them? I can believe that animals evolved from them, but not us. I was really amazed when reading this article.
I think it is crazy that just when we have everything summed up, and we think we know just about everything about evolution, this pops out. This is a great example of why science is one of the best subjects out there, because everything and anything can change. The evidence of the Myllokunmingia is incredible, and really can show us how life really did start over 520 million years ago. This is a great new discovery.
Shark research is absolutely fascinating. I disagree with the argument that this research should not be conducted as a result of the physcological trauma it causes the animals. Sure it has some effect on them, but the reward of the knowledge we gain about the species as a whole is worth brief trauma.
Women not recieving equal opportunities as men in the field of science is outrageous. Whether the bias is conscious or subconcious, the piece of writing annalyzed by the professors is a clear example that the bias does indeed exist. I do not understand how gender plays any role in scientific compitance. Opportunities should be given based on accomplishments not gender.
The beeswax solutuion used as a filling does not surpirse me. Ancient people had to be extremely resourceful. If they werent, they would simply die. What does surpise however is that the beeswax has stood the test of time, 6,500 years to be exact,.
I find it amazing that the oxygen levels on earth depend on geology and so many other things. The fact that oxygen levels have bounced around over the years so drastically is also interesting. I sure hope our oxygen levels stick around for a while.
After reading this article I realized that I too take part in superstitious actions even though I do not believe in them. It's amazing how the mind works and how people find peace of mind in many different ways.
Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale-
This article is about a new type of fuel possibly adopted by society in the near future made of methane and other waste products. It apparently is cheaper and more efficient and "is a win all around". I think this is a great idea.
I find it kind if funny that these birds are laying eggs in the hosts nest to avoid taking care of it. I guess humans aren't the only lazy animal in existence. The birds also do this to increase their numbers.
I think it is amazing that the cuckoo bird is outsmarting the host prinia bird into thinking all of the eggs in the nest belong to the host bird. The cuckoo bird abandoning its eggs reminds me of the safe haven law where parents can take their babies to hospitals if they cant care for them.
I think it is amazing that the cuckoo bird is outsmarting the host prinia bird into thinking all of the eggs in the nest belong to the host bird. The cuckoo bird abandoning its eggs reminds me of the safe haven law where parents can take their babies to hospitals if they cant care for them.
I think it is amazing that the cuckoo bird is outsmarting the host prinia bird into thinking all of the eggs in the nest belong to the host bird. The cuckoo bird abandoning its eggs reminds me of the safe haven law where parents can take their babies to hospitals if they cant care for them.
Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale...
The use of biogas as a source of fuel has been studied for many years. The recycling of animal manure and other decomposed materials to produce a source of fuel is an economical and "green" way of powering the future. It also enables the U.S. to be less dependent on other oil-producing countries. I hope that this will be available to the general public as well, not just to big corporations.
Cuckoo Finches Come Up With a New Con...
It is quite interesting that birds can trick other birds into raising their young. The cuckoo finch's method of leaving their eggs in another bird's nest ensures that their eggs are protected and their population will increase. In a way, it is survival of the fittest.
Maybe cuckoo birds aren't cuckoo at all. It seems like they have found a way to make sure they can continue to move around and have their eggs hatch. The fact that they trick the other birds into sitting on the cuckoo's eggs until they hatch because they think they are their own is pretty amazing.
Methane gas from landfills being sold for fuel makes sense. It is a clean, inexpensive, and I am sure abundant source of fuel. With all of the recycling we are doing now, especially the recent push to compost, methane will be more plentiful in time. Redeem seems like a great idea for clean energy that is relatively readily available.
I find it pretty impressive that these finches were able to deceive other birds into raising their young. Even though it seems underhanded on the part of the finches, it is still very clever.
This article was fascinating and well written. After reading a few facts in one paragraph, I had a question on them, but in the next paragraph, these questions were answered. I do have one question though. Why aren't the levels of oxygen still rising?
I thought the sense and superstition article was pretty cool. I've always wondered how people felt after the think they "jinxed" themselves after they said something, for example,"I'm not going to get sick this week." It's pretty amazing how such few words can cause a person a lot of stress.
The Fuel From Landfill Methane article was really interesting. With gas only increasing as the days go on, many might find this new source of fuel to be better since it's cheaper and also better for the atmosphere than regular petroleum gas. This method can also help different communities that struggle with waste disposal rather than just throwing it and aggregating one big pile.
It's amazing to see what different animals are capable of. Some species of butterflies are able to blend in with their surroundings to avoid predators, some bugs develop a "color code" which alerts predators that they are poisonous and these finches con another mother into raising her children. You would never believe that an animal or an insect would develop different ways to survive.
The Mystery of Earth's Oxygen was a pretty good read. Whenever you think about Oxygen, you would never really think how Earth developed and kept Oxygen in the air for so long. You could probably imagine a world where Oxygen was very scarce and there would be problems fulfilling day-to-day activities.
The New Approach to Explaining Evolution got me thinking. First, it really amazes me to think that there were animals living million years ago where we are living now. We have built upon layers upon layer of dead earth and fossils long before our time. The second is reading about how animals adapted to survive, such as ocean fish who adapted systems to excrete calcium deposits in the water.
I find it quite interesting that scientists are able to post concepts of the Big Bang Theory at such an intellectual levels. The great floods that caused erosion contained calcium, which could act as poison to the cells and could have killed our ancestors. However, the fact that the animals were able to evolve so quickly to rid themselves of this poison in their cells is incredibly fascinating. This article provides effective evidence of how we all relate to a common ancestor
The article on Sense and Superstition was funny and interesting to me. My sister is always throwing salt over her shoulder, etc, and swears that it helps her not feel jinxed. I think the part of avoidant action such as knocking on wood away from you is interesting. I am not surprised that this has a psychological aspect to it. Sometimes you feel that if you call attention to something good, like in the article the fact that someone had been driving for so long and had not had an accident, it will jinx you. It is because you are then thinking about that and think you have tested fate and now you will have an accident. By thinking about this you can make it happen.
This is the second post for this article because I accidentally posted in the one that included Genesis.
The article about Earth's Oxygen made me think that this could possibly be used as another form of dating if used along with carbon dating. The fact that we can determine when life that produced oxygen first appeared on Earth is amazing. It is a bit disturbing that the oxygen levels are not as high as they once were. It does not surprise me with all of the pollution man has created but it is something that could mean Earth may become uninhabitable for human life and other life forms that require oxygen.
The Big Bang Theory and Evolution being revisited and the fact that scientists can just keep building upon information they have discovered is what makes science what it is. Myllokunmingia being our origin is pretty fascinating but anything is possible in evolution. If you study comparative anatomy you quickly see that life forms have so much in common and you can find common organs and body parts among so many different kinds of animals. I know it is easier for people to see humans evolving from apes but scientists findings show that we have descended from this animal.
This article was very interesting because it took a very basic theory, the Big Bang Theory, and utilized it to help people understand evolution. It was very intriguing how the article stated how there is more than one cause of the great evolution and how it became a race of evolution between the different species to see who could dominate the animal world through evolving. It almost becomes a competition of becoming extinct or keeping a species living, because if a specific species was not evolving, they quickly were wiped off the plant through being an easy food source, or not finding food.
Fuel from landfill on sale. Clean energy fuel has has started selling fuel made of methane. this is happening in california already, which seems ahed of other states due to government incentives. Hopefully this fuel will take off all over the world. It's cheaper and good for the world.
The Mystery of Earth's Oxygen...
It is interesting to know that Earth had absolutely no oxygen in the atmosphere at one point. It seems that life could not thrive on Earth without oxygen. However, the decreasing oxygen levels is worrying. This is a sign that we should care more about our environment and try to preserve as much of it as we can.
Sense and superstition. Research has shown that people think they can jinx themselves, even if they aren't superstitious. When we say something that makes us worry we may jinx ourselves, weirdly if we knock on wood it makes us not worry! It works because it's a pushing act, we literally push the bad thoughts away. I do this all the time, it helps give me peace of mind!
Mystery of earths oxygen. It is interesting that our earth didn't always contain Oxygen.About 2.3 billion years ago there was a large increase inn Earth's oxygen. Scientists know this by studying rocks. The levels of oxygen go up and down, so it makes it unpredictable to the scientists if the Earth will always have enough of it to sustain life. We need to take care of the Earth!
The article "Sense and Superstition" was very interesting because it shows that the superstitions people do everyday, like knocking on wood, actually can help. I found it intriguing that, although it is not magic, it helps relax people and can keep their mind off of the jinx that they could have put upon themselves.
A renewable gas product? What?!?! This is amazing. Talking about saving the Earth. Using landfill methane as fuel is genius. This is a big step towards a renewable gas product. I've heard everything from water, to urine, to lots of other possible ideas on a new gas product but one that is actually happening. This is an amazing leap towards saving the Earth and saving money.
Sense and Superstition...
People of different cultures have their own superstitions and beliefs. Even though superstitions do not have any kind of scientific basis, they give us a sense of comfort and security. Whether or not it is pure luck, actions as simple as knocking on wood unconsciously affect our thinking.
I find this new renewable gas very interesting! Capturing the methane before it is released into the atmosphere is helping the planet and giving us a new source of fuel. Being cheaper than diesel and better for the environment, makes this a win win for all. This is a giant leap towards the future of fuel, and energy.
It is amazing to know that oxygen started to become abundant because of tiny organisms. If it were not for them, we may not have the oxygen levels we have now. What I am frightened about is that whenever the oxygen levels decrease, what will happen to life on earth?
I find it extremely interesting that superstition plays such a huge role in society. It seems that almost all people have some form of a superstition that they follow. I like the way that just thinking about something can change the way you feel about it.
This is one of the best environmentally friendly ideas I have heard in a long time. It makes sense to use something like this. By using this methane, companies save money and are friendly to the environment. It is a win-win situation.
I love seeing examples of animal intelligence like this. Sometimes I think, what goes on inside the brains of these animals? I don't know, but some sure are good at solving problems and making life easier for themselves and their species' survival.
I think it is amazing what birds will do to survive. By laying eggs in the nest of another birds nest they are helping to make sure that their species can survive.
I find it pretty interesting how we all take oxygen for granded on our planet but at one point there was none. It was also intriguing how once our planet recieved oxygen, it served as the catalyst iron and many other elements in our world. Without oxygen, who knows how far planet earth would have came.
Humans do many actions without thinking and knocking on wood may be one of them. I feel knocking on wood gives the person a sense of comfort and a sense of feeling off the hook regarding things that they, themselves, cannot even control. I think that although the artical proves that knocking on wood really doesnt affect anything, people will continue to knock to keep themselves at peace with themselves.
Animals are much smarter than humans give them credit for and I think this is a prime example. These birds are smart enough to recognize their eggs from almost the same exact replica. They're very smart and we have so much more to learn about them.
This is so interesting. Primates such as monkeys are closely related to our species, Homo sapiens. What if the reason why they evolved like they are now is because of geological differences. When we traveled all over the world, there may have been differences like food, climate, and adaptation needs.
This article really interests me because I am one of those people, who knock on wood and say "Don't jinx it!". It is just a reaction, we don't even think about it, yet we still do it. We do it to make our bodies at ease, release that concern into a simple action, knocking on wood. Knocking on wood won't change the future, but it will help our minds to be calm in a time of concern.
It fascinates me how when the scientists study old rocks they do not find any traces of oxygen in these rocks. Also it is cool but somewhat sad how oxygen was scarce for a few million years, and in the beginning there wasn't any oxygen present in the Earth's atmosphere.
It I funny how the Cuckoo Finch has tricked the host mother, and made it look like a fool. Once some seasons go by they try to find the real eggs in the midst of all those fake eggs.Then the poor, fooled host mother must is left with all these complicated patterns, shapes, eggs and has to figure out which are hers and which a parasitic.
I think that this article regarding oxygen in Earth's atmosphere is another example of how incredible and complex life truly is, as well as how delicate the relationship between nature and the organisms that exist in it.
This is an important step forward in the fiend of renewable energy. If we can use this technology effectively, then this fuel could potentially be another solution to the energy crisis, especially since the word supply of oil is rapidly dwindling, and sources such as wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, and solar generators work best in specific conditions.
This reminds me of the "Placebo Effect" studies, when people who thought they were taking cold medicine had nearly the same results as people who really were taking cold medicine. People say, "Have a positive mental attitude, and this article shows how much of a difference that can actually make.
Wow! A new source of energy for people! Even if we do run out of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, we have many options to go to, such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal, and hydroelectric. Now we have one more to add to this list which is Methane Fuel! What will humanity come up with next? Our waste turning into energy?
Superstitions... Something that will make you feel better. It is interesting that people do this. Even though this may not affect the thing you want directly, it will somehow. If I were to take a test and "jinx" myself that I won't pass, then that idea will linger around in my head so I might as well fail. I will remember to keep a positive attitude when taking a test!
These finches are really deceiving! When they hatch their eggs, they could do many other things like hunting for themselves instead of taking care of their baby, while the bird whose nest has the finch bird is taking care of the egg that they believe is their own. You never know, the finch might be out partying!
This article, regarding how cuckoo finches con other birds into taking care of their young, is an interesting example of how parasitic life is not always harmful to the host: Sometimes, it's simply being smart enough to get others to do your work for you.
Superstitions seem to put the minds of many at ease. By knocking on wood or throwing salt, they feel that they are driving away anything bad that can happen to them. Even though you feel that you are making yourself safer, knocking on wood or throwing salt will never make a bad situation instantaneously resolve itself.
The thought that there may been other animals that diversified earlier than the Myllokunmingia is unbelievable. Another thing that I didn't know prior to this article is how so many different factors apply when it comes to the diversity in animals. For example, the floods that actually poisoned the ocean playing a role in evolution.
The article about the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere was very intreating. It seems impossible that such creatures could change something as major as our entire environment just by photosynthesis. That in itself is amazing without the addition that because of this land animals and plants formed.
The article on superstition makes sense once I read it, but i never quite thought of it in that way. Some of my family members are very superstitious and I am not, and now I understand the psychology behind why they think how they do. Very interesting.
The cuckoo finch is probably one of the most creative parasites I have seen. Interesting how the eggs it lays coordinates with the host eggs. Great example of how adaptations help animals survive.
I feel that the "The Mystery of Earth’s Oxygen" article was very interesting. This is because it is cool to thing that our species evolved from a planet without air, which is an essential thing in our day to day lives. Also, the article is interesting because it shows that science and technology because it is able to see if there are any traces of oxygen in the rock. That is why the "The Mystery of Earth’s Oxygen" article is so interesting.
I think the article "The Mystery of Earth's Oxygen" was very interesting. This is because its mind blowing that us as humans evolved on Earth that lacked the most vital element to sustain life- oxygen. Also, it shows how modern technology is being used to make fascinating discoveries that wouldn't be possible without.
I feel that the most interesting part of "The Mystery of Earth's Oxygen" is the scientists' expiriment to find out more about the earth's atmosphere. It's pretty cool that they're studying our atmosphere by observing the chemical finger prints in rocks. I mean, where do you get rocks from oxygen? This idea for an experiment seemed so bizarre to me and yet so cool at the same time.
I think that "The Mystery to Earths Oxygen" really opened up my eyes to how little animals and humans have been on the earth. I was also surprised by the fact that it said that oxygen on earth is really a kind of new thing. I also found it interesting that earths atmosphere actually changed so much. Before I read this article I didn't think much about our oxygen and I took it for granted. Now I see that oxygen has only been around in abundance on earth for about 300 million years.
After reading "Sense and Superstition", I was struck by the fact that knocking and wood and such anti-jinxing activities really work! Before I read this article, I thought it was just a strange ritual but now I understand that when you mix this superstition with the science of psychology, the difference between a smooth drive to your grandma's house or a fatal car accident could be a simple tap of the knuckles.
I liked this article because I believe that we do need to find alternate sources of fuel. I hope this comes to New York soon!
"Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale"
I think this article is spot on. I often feel like I have jinxed something and an action as simple as knocking on wood makes me feel better. I do like how they tested this superstition.
I found this article funny. The cuckoo finch just keeps on tricking other birds into raising her young while she gets to relax. She doesn't have to do any work while the other bird hasn't a clue which eggs are hers and which ones are not.
I find the article "The Mystery of Earth’s Oxygen" extremely interesting, because of the fact that scientists can figure out whether or not oxygen was present on earth billions of years ago by checking the chemical fingerprints on extremely old rocks. Another thing that I found interesting is that microbes are what helped in the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis.
When I finished reading the article on "Sense and Superstition" I was surprised that knocking on wood and things similar to that actually have an effect on the outcome of a situation. I was also shocked to find out that after the study done that knocking on wood would really change the belief of that person and reverse the jinx. This article really changed my view on whether doing these "rituals" actually work.
After I read "Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale" I was very pleased and amazed in this new fuel type. The fact that methane fuel burns cleaner, is cheaper, and is not very harmful to the environment in comparison to petroleum fuel. I find it interesting that this is something that puts petroleum fuel to shame, that it beats petroleum fuel in almost every aspect. I also found it interesting that this can possibly now become the newest and most useful source of fuel that can also significantly reduce the carbon emissions in the air. It almost seems too good to be true!
I found the article "Cuckoo Finches Come Up With a New Con" very fascinating. I was very surprised to hear that cuckoo finches could lay multiple eggs in another birds nest in order to trick the other bird into raising their young. I have never heard of such a trick that birds can do. I am fascinated by the fact that a cuckoo finch would even think of this as a possibility and already know that another bird would have trouble telling which egg is which. I am very impressed by the tricks these birds can do to as a method of having others raise their young.
I found this article about the new way biologists are explaining the big bang very interesting. I thought that Myllokunmingia are very unique in that scientists found traces of a skull in fossils. One biologist, Dr. Harper, said that there are over thirty hypotheses in the past ten years as to the Cambrian Explosion. I think that all of the things the biologists said about how a flood could have affected the fossils and different things I thought was very intriguing.
After reading, "What are the chances Ebola will Spread in the United States?" I believe that the chances of an Ebola epidemic in the United States of African proportions are not very high. The reason for this is because we have many benefits Liberians do not, we have advanced health care and sewage systems. Sewage systems prevent people from touching infected peoples waste as could happen in Africa where waste sometimes flows down the streets
This article provides great answers, but also brings up questions. I don't understand why living things would "all of a sudden" begin to leave fossils after almost two and a half MILLION years of existence without leaving fossils. What would cause them to do so? Is it because of a change of environment that enabled them to do so?
Also, the realization that the human skeloton possibly evolved from the skeletons of "bugs" that lived millions of years ago is mind blowing.
Hopefully the next decade is not only interesting in discovery of old evolution, but provides more of an insight to current evolution
After reading Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas I believe that it is outrageous that the flea repellent/ remedy doesn't work for some dogs. Doctors have tested this for years and now are starting to believe that it is becoming less effective. t his means that doctors should start research over and find a real solution.
After reading Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners I was kinda astonished by how active and smart these animals are. I think it is very cool that scientist have figured out where each species goes during both the winter and summer seasons. This gives them the chance to track there movement and activity.
After reading the Ebola article it is kinda scary how quickly and seriously this disease can spread. This disease is deadly but also can be treated. I think doctors need to figure out how to minimize the deaths in Africa and make sure that those amounts of deaths happen in the US.
After reading Ebola Facts: How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside of Africa?, I am more concerned than I was before. I never realized how serious Ebola is. I am shocked at how long Ebola has been around (1976) and how many people died from it. Ebola makes Friday the 13th look like a walk in the park.
After reading Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas, I was quite interested about why the medicines do not work. I have a dog who used to use topical Frontline flea and tick prevention treatment and we stopped using it this summer because of the potentially cancer-causing ingredients in the product. I find it interesting that the products do not always work properly particularly in the southeastern part of the US.
After reading the article "Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners", I learned that some butterflies migrate. I always thought they hibernated like bees. I kind of wonder why the article mentioned that butterflies in Hawaii are different in color from other areas of the country.
After reading the article, Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change it made me wonder what harm people are causing to the earth's atmosphere. Even though says that global warming may or may not cause the extreme weather events, I think it does. Look at how bad our winter was last year - global warming for sure!
After reading the Ebola article called "Ebola Facts Where Are the Most New Cases Being Reported?" I was very shocked to see how how big this virus really is. I new it was important but I did not actually believe that it was this big to the point where thousands of people are dying. I only believed this was recent, i had no idea that this virus was even around during 1976. I believe that other countries should also contribute to research to this even if their country is not infected so Ebola does not become a serious issue worldwide.
After Reading "Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners" I was shocked about how Monarch Butterflies can migrate. I always assumed they moved slowly and separately. I never thought they had the ability to move in groups. It appears that they are somewhat similar to birds when they migrate! I find it fascinating that the Monarchs in Hawaii are white and black rather than orange and black. I also find this article interesting because I am on the track team and I currently am doing cross country.
In the article "Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change" I found it interesting that it said that aside from Australia, there were a batch of reports in Europe, China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula that Global Warming had made the occurrence of heat extremes more likely. I feel that from this evidence we should try our best to prevent Global Warming to prevent negative changes that could deeply affect us. We should take concern of this now while we still have the chance.
In the article "Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas" I find it scary that fleas may actually start making a comeback, similar to bed bugs. I really hope that fleas do not build an immunity to the repellents that already exist because then it will become a huge problem since we know how hard they are to get rid of. I find it crazy that certain flea treatments do not work on certain dogs and that it can take months for it to start taking effect. I find this very shocking and assumed that they always worked all the time and results were immediate, yet this is not the case.
After reading Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change I do not believe that the extreme heat changes are not caused directly by humans. Humans interaction may be one effect but it is not the whole reason for the extreme heat. The climate change is what causes the extreme heat. Scientist always will hint at the lame of the human society.
In the article "What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak" it says that of the 700 people who went to Africa only 3 people have contracted Ebola. I know America wants to help the people with Ebola, but why are we letting people still travel to and from Africa without first screening them for the virus. Some states and airports have started this but have been faced with law suits because it broke their human rights. If they had Ebola they could possibly spread the disease which might spread all across America and become an epidemic here. So the government should create a stricter protocol for allowing people from the areas of Africa where the Ebola virus is present.
The dung beetle is an interesting creature if you were to compare its day-to-day life to a human’s day-to-day life. Male dung beetles have a strange way of mating with females. The male rolls feces into a ball and will let a female ride on it. On their way to find a proper place to bury their dung other males will fight the dung beetle rolling the dung around as they try to take the female and the dung. While this happening above the ground males will also fight underground with other males to establish tunnel ownership. I thought it was very fascinating to see how dung beetles will gain authority over their rivals.
When reading "The Astonishing Weaponry of Dung Beetles" I was very surprised by the amount of protection these insects have. This article changed my views on how I believed that insects could not protect themselves. It was interesting to see the differences between the male and female Beetles.
When reading "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" I was surprised that x-rays of the brain can show if you take drug or not. These studies done show how marijuana affects your brain and if used daily before the age of 18 can lead to long lasting effects including addiction. I believe that the marijuana use in this country is so underplayed and the amount o people that use marijuana to get through there day is rising. This tactile supports that.
Before reading "Strays Leading the Soviets Into Space" I had a slight idea on dogs being in space I never did know that dogs did die from this and of the the famous two dogs that made it around first. I think it is interesting how scientists sent dogs up first instead of monkeys, a more human like animal.
In this article Dana Jennings introduces to me the most famous and well recognized “astronaut canines.” What was very interesting is that the first creature to enter into space was a stray dog that proved he was more worthy than the other dogs in a boot camp for astronaut canines. Even this dog did not make it back to earth he was a hero. Just like Ms. Jennings stated earlier in the article, this would have been an amazing idea for a television show. One quote from this article that truly shows how much accolade these dogs received was, “You could even smoke a Laika cigarette as you read a Belka and Strelka storybook to your children.”
Marijuana is a drug that many teenagers underestimate. They think that it will not hurt them at all and will only benefit them.Obviously this article shows otherwise. I think that this is an article that is very important, especially among teens. It is something that they should read because it is a real eye-opener into the world of Marijuana.
I love how the article on the Dung Beetle took a very disgusting thing...dung.. and made it seem like an epic battle. The article was very interesting about the artillery of a dung beetle and created a very interesting story about a pretty disgusting animal.
I recently saw the movie Interstellar, which has really gotten me interested in space so really this article further solidified my interest in space. Seeing these dogs being sent into space is again very cool and interesting and how humans aren't the only ones who have to go to space.
After reading Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas I believe that it is outrageous that the flea repellent/ remedy doesn't work for some dogs. Doctors have tested this for years and now are starting to believe that it is becoming less effective. This means that doctors should start research over and find a real solution.
After reading The Astonishing Weaponry of Dung Beetles, I was amazed that beetles have adapted to their environment in order to fight off other male beetles to be able to mate. I did not realize where dung beetles came from until I read this article. I think it is comical to know the origin of their name. I think it was funny that the people in the article had a bunch of dung beetles landing on them - pretty gross!
After reading the article 'This Is Your Brain on Drugs', I was amazed that if you smoke pot under the age of 20, your mental ability could be damaged. I also did not know that the amount of damage you can get from marijuana increases depending on the strength of the drug as some strains are more potent than others.
After reading the article "Strays Leading the Soviets Into Space" I was amazed and thought it was pretty cool that dogs made it to space. I also feel that it was terrible that dogs died during the training. It was sad that a dog made it to space and then suffocated from the extreme heat and died on the way back to earth. They did this all to beat the world in getting a living being into space.
After reading "Spacecraft on Comet Drills for Data as Its Power Fades" I was impressed that a spacecraft landed on Comet and was able to transmit data from its mission. I thought it was foolish that the spacecraft was not equipped with backup generators and relied solely on solar power to fuel itself. So much money was spent on the spacecraft and the mission. It is a shame that they ran out of fuel.
After reading "This is Your Brain on Drugs" I was suprised to find out that people who smoke in the mid 20s or even younger, are likely to have hearing and mental health problems. They are more likely to have learning and mental problems than people who smoke over the age of 40. I was also suprised to find out that THC is the compound that helps the smoker reach its "high".
The spacecraft that touched down on a comet 3 weeks ago made history. To do something that has never been done before came along with a couple of setbacks. On this comet, the mining samples were untouched for 4.5 Billion years. While first trying to land, the spacecraft bounced on the rocky surface of the comet twice. After, the spacecraft landed but then ran out of battery. Solar energy was quickly absorbed and the mission was completed. The people behind this operation were worried the mission would fail and still were disappointed that everything did not go the way they wished it would have. What I thought was some great advice and showed great leadership is that the mission's flight director commented, "Let us look at things that we have done, what we have achieved and what we have on the ground. This is unique and will be unique forever.” Even if it was not the perfect way to make history, none the less, the team drilled into the comet and were able to gather mining samples. In the end they achieved something truly amazing.
While I was reading "The Astonishing Weaponry of Dung Beetles" I was somewhat fascinated by the the way they decide who gets to be in the tunnel through fighting and dueling between the males. I had no idea that these insects had to also focus very heavily on their horns than any other part of their body in order to win. Another thing I did not know is that these insects can cheat by making their own tunnels to mate with the female and leave undetected. All of these facts are mind blowing!
When I read the article "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" I was not at all surprised at the fact that marijuana use is becoming bigger and bigger due to the fact that I have learned about the drug and its dangers in my Health class. A lot of people believe that it is harmless and good for you, yet this article disproves that idea. I believe more people should see this article and become more aware. Hopefully in the near future the numbers of marijuana use will go down through awareness like this.
As I read the article "Strays Leading the Soviets Into Space" I was surprised at the fact that dogs were actually able to make it to space rather than any other animal. I was shocked to hear that the dogs died during this process such as Laika despite the fact that she had made it to the moon. I fin it crazy that all of this was possible, especially since it was taking place in the 50s and 60s where technology was not as advanced as it is today.
After I read the article "Spacecraft on Comet Drills for Data as Its Power Fades" I was amazed and blown away at the fact that scientists were able to land a spacecraft on a comet to obtain data on the universe. I would have never have even imagined that this was possible and now we have so much potential use for this. Now we may be able to answer several significant questions on the universe from the samples or find an important material within the comet that can possibly benefit and advance our world. Several excellent and great potential opportunities have now opened up thanks to this successful mission.
In this article the author talks about breast cancer, and whether the efficiency of radiation treatments should be more important than the health of the patients. The shorter radiation treatments are much less expensive and take much less time. Doctors were so convinced that the shorter treatments were better all around but overlooked the affects on the patients. Even though the shorter treatments were more efficient and gave you more bang for your buck, they did not deliver real need which is making sure the patient was leaves the treatment healthier than before.
In the article "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I agree with you in the sense that the shorter treatments do have an impact on the people that use it, however I believe that it should be further researched and tested on to see if this is truly beneficial in the long run since we do not know too much about it. We should see if the benefits outweigh both the risks and effects. I do find it fascinating that these shorter treatments do have similar cosmetic effects as the longer treatments and maybe we can find a way to solve the possible side effects caused by this to create a more efficient treatment. This could be a potential breakthrough for radiation treatments towards other illnesses too.
Water pollution can come in different forms but the one discussed in this article is plastic debris scattered all over the ocean. Something interesting that was discussed was that when researches searched various oceans for debris, they found debris that were the size of grains of sand. What researches concluded was that large pieces of garbage are smashing against each other after they become brittle because of the hot sun. The garbage is shredded and completely spread out across every ocean only to be later consumed by marine organisms.
In “A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up” something that is expressed is that modern technology is advanced enough to land four humans on Mars. Since we have the knowledge and equipment, the Mars One project leaders do not see a reason why they should not get up and go. Something else that was pretty astonishing is that citizens have the effrontery to venture to Mars and explore the planet even if they would die a few weeks after arriving.
Instagram is offically ahead of Twitter, which is no surprise after reading through this article. Instagram has 14 million more monthly users than Twitter. Visual posts is the new trend for social media and that is something Twitter lacks. Instagram does not only have attributes that appeal to more users but will keep improving their service. Instagram is doing what Twitter does but making it better. Instagram will soon verify celebrities and deactivate spam accounts making Instagram more user friendly. Twitter is trying to collaborate with Vine to add more visuals into everyone's feed but it looks like it will take more than that to catch up to the rapid growth of Instagram.
After reading "It's Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter" I, similarly to you, found it not very surprising that Instagram has become bigger than Twitter, this is because I use Instagram more than Twitter and I too also hear it from my friends more often. I also agree with you and believe that Instagram has a lot of potential since it is a relatively younger app and can still make improvements to have it keep dominating the world of social media. I find it interesting that despite the fact that Twitter is trying to collaborate with Vine while Instagram is not, Instagram is still very far ahead of the game.
The fact that Instagram is ahead of twitter is proven in the article from The New York Times. Instagram is up 50% in the last nine months, and has reached 300 million active monthly users, which proves that Instagram is booming and could some day be more popular than Facebook. Towards the end of the article they said that Instagram would eliminate some profiles that were spam accounts. I think that it is smart that they do that since some people think they are following the real person when in fact they are fake.
When I read the article "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I found it interesting how they did a study on conventional treatment vs the shorter course in the comparison of the cost each treatment results in as it is shown in Canada and Britain. I also found it interesting that today, the cosmetic results would be just as good in the shorter treatment as it would while undergoing the conventional treatment. If only the cure rates were published so we can know if it can truly be effective.
As I read the article "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans" I was fascinated by the fact that some currents converge and smash the garbage into smaller pieces and that the scientists had found fewer samples than expected with the possibility that the garbage pieces were either consumed by marine life or had sank. The fact that these pieces are small and there are so many could potentially be very dangerous. I hope we can figure out some sort of way to collect the garbage and take it out of the ocean or find some way to reduce the amount of garbage we put into the ocean.
In the article "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up" I find it interesting that so many people would actually sign up to go to Mars due to the fact that they never come back. Won't they miss their loved ones? Or live with society on Earth? However, I wonder if this permanent settlement will survive and adapt to Mars. It makes me wonder if this could be the next stage of evolution where humans on Mars can adapt to its conditions and eventually have no need for oxygen or the advanced technology given for survival.
When I finished reading the article "It's Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter" I honestly was not surprised at the fact that Instagram became bigger due to the fact that I always hear about Instagram more than any other social media in my daily life. What shocked me is the fact that over 70% of Instagram's users are outside the United States. I thought the majority of the users were in the United States due to a majority of people in this country having it. I also found it interesting that there are a lot of spammers and hackers on Instagram that was included in the numbers which makes me wonder how far are they really ahead of the others.
After reading "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I can understand why many doctors are not sure about the benefit of offering less radiation to patients who have had a lumpectomy. I think more studies need to be conducted to make sure there is no increased risk of re-occurrence if a woman is given less treatments.
I agree with your opinion in the article "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" on the fact that more studies should be done in order to make sure there is no increased risk for Lumpectomy when given less treatments. This is something that can make treatment more efficient while saving time and money. I wish that cure rates can be published so we can have more information on this topic and improve the study so it can finally prove whether a shorter treatment is truly effective.
After reading "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Ocean", I realized how bad dumping in oceans has become. I learned how bad plastic dumping is because over time it becomes coated with toxic substances. Although the article says that many smaller plastic dumping has decreased, it said that additional studies deep into the ocean floor needs to be conducted to determine what remains below.
After reading "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up", I was surprised that many people would want to go to Mars even if it meant that they may never come back to earth. I would not want to go! A Non-Profit venture, Mars One wants to send 2 men and 2 women to Mars by 2025 as they believe the technology needed to man Mars already exists. I am amazed that this would only be a one way ticket since a two-way trip would be too expensive. I would be curious to see if this really happens.
After reading the article "Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter" I learned that Instagram is owned by Facebook and has most of the users outside of the US. I didn't realize that visual posts create so much traffic. I think it is a good idea for Instagram to verify user accounts particularly celebrity accounts to minimize people faking other people's identity.
After reading the article "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I found it interesting that some doctors don't want to switch to the stronger, cheaper and shorter treatment because it is something new. I can understand why they wouldn't want to switch to something they are unfamiliar with especially after doing something the same exact way for 25 years and now all the sudden people want to do it differently. I think that they should conduct more test to make sure that women with breast cancer don't re-occur because of having the shorter treatment.
A One-way trip to mans may be all that certain people want in the near future, however the cost seems to be astronomically high, yet cheaper than the wars in Iraq. How much of a success can this project be? Weeding out candidates is a good start, but this article mentions very little on how the astronauts would colonize on Mars, and what they would do once they get there. Also, the question of sanity arises, as stated in the article, people can go insane with the thought of never returning to Earth, and on top of this could die weeks after landing on Mars.
After reading the article "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up" i started I think, what would people be doing on Mars after everything is set up beside maintenance? Would the be out exploring the surface of Mars or would NASA and other space agencies keep sending robots for such exploration? It was also said that they could die just weeks after landing on Mars so what would they do with the bodies? I believe space agencies and private corporations should think this through before they send people to Mars.
After reading the article " Instagram is bigger than Twitter" I learned that Instagram is finally the biggest social media app. The interesting thing about it is why though. They are the biggest because Instagram is a visual app that deals with many pictures and people. We as a society are really visual learners so to us Instagram, is very intriguing and alluring. I believe that if Instagram keeps making improvements it will be the top social media app for a very long time.
After reading the article "One way trip to Mars?"
After reading the article "One way trip to Mars?" I started to think up a lot of questions on how that would actually work out. It sounds like we wont be able to pull this off for a while though. When I initially thought of Mars I thought of a deserted waste land and uninhabitable but they make a very strong argument that its our next home. I don't know if I could handle living on Mars but I sure would like to see if anybody else could.
After reading the article "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I think that the doctors should change the amount of treatment they give out to women. I would understand why they would be reluctant about it because 25 years is a long time but if the data from the study is true it would be in everybody's best interest. I think it would be smart if they did a little more research just to prove to the doctors that doing the treatments in shorter doses would be better.
After reading the article "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Ocean" it is more clear than ever that there is a big problem going on in our oceans. I think the part that scares me the most though is the part that talks about how the fish may be eating contaminated plastic and it could be moving up the food chain. If this happens then we are going to be the last part of it because we are at the top of the food chain and we eat a lot of fish. If we don't fix this problem soon it could really come back to haunt us in the long run.
In the article "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Ocean" I agree with you on the fact that it is very frightening that our food chain is something that is being affected as a result of contaminated plastic being in the ocean and consumed by fish, which leads up to us. I believe that we should launch some sort of universal project with the aid of several other countries because this is an issue that needs to be fixed before it hurts us. The ocean is breaking down the plastic, which I find interesting since it is an attempt to make less amounts of plastic float on the surface however, the fish are eating it as a result. This is something that is interesting since this involves how nature is handling itself. I think that you are entirely correct on the fact that this is an issue that is much bigger and clearer than it ever has been before, and I believe that we must stop it before it begins to hurt us. This is a serious issue that we need to address immediately.
It is blatant through reading this article that Instagram has a gained a considerable recognition as the lead runner for the most practical social multimedia hub. The platform application that Kevin Systrom designed compounded many of single-service social media platforms (video text pics instant messenger) with much greater ease to view and post. Its mothering company Facebook Inc. has nurtured Systrom's initial concepts with the same traits of success itself has used which has made for a super-group design of a fully developed application. Systrom's current implementation of maintenance and security of accounts is leading to updates that attract users not only because of aesthetic reasons but an integrated sense of security and peace of mind. I appreciate that there are steps being taken to rightfully credit users where it may otherwise have been taken advantage, such as with spam accounts, and patched vulnerability to users privacy. It is highly beneficial and as a personal user of Instagram, I am strongly certain that its rising popularity is thankfully attributed to its effectiveness as a product.
I read One Way Trip to Mars and felt bittersweet feelings that these Mars researchers were making a point with strong claims to traverse deep space with your new best friends (presumably) to Mars but in the same token just uttering some nonsensical drivel based on mild speculation and the vanity in embarking on a journey to Mars just so we on earth can make a wild commotion about the superiority of human intellect and wait until they die.
I personally would go to Mars, but even with the brightest mindset to reach this goal I believe there are just so many details and minutia that have to be satisfied that is it worth it to the point of death to see that this science experiment is a success? (Hadfield arguing their claims when in essence they're both rooting for the same team)
I appreciate the forward thinking of the various scientists who intend to launch this project that it is out of consideration for humanity that Mars should be vacated and without risks the progress of humanity would ultimately diminish etc.etc.etc. But shouldn't they at least have the courtesy of designing a foolproof project - that although has one prominent successful outcome has so many sordid bitter failures (not to mention its total expense )that it might just be better off to table the thought until it is necessary for discussion. I find myself tossing and turning over the dubious ethics of this mission and the die-hard willingness of its potential test subjects in the midst of so much doubt from the general public yet the same doubt that ostracized Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin So maybe they could be on to something - in as soon as 10 years
Humanity easily could have just bitten off more than they can chew for right now, or maybe its the challenge we need to expand as a species. Great Article - I can not wait to read more about such a fascinating subject
I agree with you on the fact that this should be a plan left on the table for more development. This plan is very dangerous and can result in many failures where people can end up dying. However, I am not completely on board about the idea of trying to inhabit Mars. I feel that there are to many problems and issues behind this project and this might not completely benefit us as much as we may think. I also believe that we should stay on Earth and not inhabit other planets because I feel that there is a reason why we are on this Earth and not able to live anywhere else. I am perfectly fine with visiting planets and I believe that it is excellent, but I do not agree with living on a planet that we were not originally from since it can create many issues.
I read One Way Trip to Mars. I thought it was a very interesting read. I feel that they're are many ways an expedition to Mars can go. We could simply just land another rover or we can go their ourselves. Astronauts going their are easily the best option, however, with cuts being made to NASA and no new spaceship having a chance to become a reality, the Mars Expedition has no chance.
I also found it interesting that the Middle School students were asked this. I know at such a young age, they really do not understand what a trip to Space is like let alone to a planet, thousands of miles away. At their age, it is very hard for them to understand the risks involved with taking a trip of such epic proportions.
After reading Instagram is bigger than Twitter, I am not surprised. It has been proven many times that people prefer a visual image of something rather than reading it. Twitter has the ability to do that and so does Instagram, they both have picture and text areas. However, Twitter is classified as almost a thoughts social network where only thoughts about a variety of things are shared. Since Facebook is no longer used by many, Instagram is the only area where people feel the need to post pictures. When you really think about it, Instagram is just a blend of Facebook and Twitter.
I agree with what you say on how it is not surprising that Instagram is bigger than Twitter due to its dramatic different focuses compared to other social media. However, I do not feel that it is not a blend of both Twitter and Facebook since everything a person can do on Instagram can be done on Facebook and Twitter, which would make it not much of a blend between the two since it is more of a lesser form. I see it as something that is focused more heavily on aspects that other social media do not emphasize as much despite them having similar features. I do find it interesting that more and more people worldwide are being a part of it. I had no idea that this was going to be a major social media worldwide. I feel that it is becoming more popular due to the fact that almost every phone is already equipped with a high resolution camera and that a lot of people in today's society care significantly about how they look to others and they may want to display how they look or what they see to more and more people. Since Instagram is a major company that focuses on displaying the pictures of others, it would make sense for people to storm that brand instead of Twiitter. I find it shocking that social media in general is reaching new levels of popularity that we have never seen before.
Long Radiation Treatments: This article is significant because doctors can now utilize modern technology as a channel for improvement for medicinal treatments. Recently discouraged, using short intense radiation now has a more positive effect than using long extensive treatment options. It is also more cost effective. These several oncologists' research is outlined by intuitiveness and self-analysis. They rightly recognized the inefficiency of this treatment and by evaluating these methods and utilizing a wide variety of resources, have been able to promote a different highly effective treatment option. A result such is this one could also occur when facing other problems, and serve as an outline to solve other problems that couldn't have been solved in the past without the proper resources and state of mind.
One way trip to Mars: I think this article is very interesting. There are two ways of getting to Mars. One is sending a capsule or rover to Mars. Another is sending humans. I think that if someone is willing to give up everything for science and go to Mars than they should be able to. After reading this article though it seems that anything that drastic is going to take awhile.
When i read "instagram is officially larger than twitter" i read that the social networking site and app instagram is finally more popular than the social media app twitter. I also found out that Facebook owns instagram. This is interesting because people often compare instagram to Facebook but these peole do not realize that Facebook owns instagram. I also leaned that seventy percent of instagram users reside outside of the untied states. This is odd to me because i have never heard of instagram being so popular in any other countries i have visited. This article will change the way i look at social network sites because now i know more about who uses it and which sites are more popular.
When i read "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Ocean" i discovered some unnerving things about the amount of plastic in our oceans today. I learned that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of lactic in our oceans. All of these pieces add up to 269,000 tons of plastic. A man tried to solve this problem by offering fishing boat owners money in exchange for their nets because they are not good to leave in the ocean which is how most of them end up. This is a bad problem for us. I learned that the plastic over time can become covered in toxic chemicals which can be deadly to fish.
When i read "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up" i found that many people would do anything to go to mars but a lot of people are skeptical about going to mars. A lot of people do not think that it would be possible to go to mars with our current technology. I found it weird that people would sign up to go to mars. Especially people who have no experience in space. There is a chance that they do not return. If i was offered with this chance i would love to go but i would thing about my family and i might reconsider. Nonetheless, a mission to mars would change our world significantly.
After reading "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans", it surprised me how much potential plastic waste there is in our oceans and no one seems to care or even take responsibility of it, especially companies that produce this waste don't even try to make their plastics biodegradable, or even environment friendly. And now scientist are saying we will never be able to stop the problem because there just to much waste, which can now start effecting our sea life. But fortunately companies and scientist are starting to establish projects to clean this problem and so far have 185 and counting.
After I read "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans" I too was also very surprised by the fact that we have so much waste in the ocean and no one seems to care at all. I agree with you that it is not right that companies do not even bother to make their plastic Eco-friendly. Despite the fact that we have put too much waste in the ocean to fix, we must try to slow down the amount of waste and damage we cause in hope that in the future there will be better resources and technology that will be more Eco-friendly and put our waste emission to a halt.
When reading "Instagram is officially larger than Twitter" I found out that the social networking app Instagram is more used than its competitor, Twitter. This was very interesting to me because I knew that twitter had been around a lot longer than Instagram; this means that Instagram has grown much faster than Twitter has. Another thing that I found interesting was that the article said that the majority of people prefer to post pictures and videos which is one of the reasons why people have been using Instagram a lot more than either Twitter or Facebook. The article also said that because of this study, both Facebook and Twitter are going to change the way they present things to make it easier to post either pictures or videos.
When I read the article "A one-way trip to Mars? Many would sign up" I found out that there would be so many people that would give their lives up just to see Mars. This is really interesting to me because it shows me that even from a child the basic instinct of human beings is to explore, and to discover new things. This is very important because without that characteristic we never would have discovered half of the things that are in our lives now a days. Conclusively I think going to Mars is a very cool idea, and the fact that many would sign up to go is very encouraging for humanity.
After I read "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up" I agree with you on how it is both interesting and excellent that as humans, we have a tendency to explore and discover. However, I feel that this is a bit too much since this could be potentially dangerous and have issues we may not have thought of. Right now I feel that we should perform more studies and do more testing just in case we find a significant element that could be a problem. I do still believe despite this, that it will be a large leap for humanity.
After reading "Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases" I have leaned that 2/3's of women who have Lumpectomies fro breast cancer re receiving radiation treatments that last nearly twice as long as necessary.The conventional, longer treatment lasts five to seven weeks but four rigorous studies and guidelines from a leading radiology society conclude that three to four weeks of more intense radiation is just as effective.Both seem to be effective because of the new technology invented.
After reading "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans" I have learned that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, large and small, weighing 269,000 tons, could be found throughout the world’s oceans, even in the most remote reaches. The small plastics in the sea are disappearing and that scares scientists. Scientist say that "Plastics attract and become coated with toxic substances like PCBs and other pollutants. Researchers are concerned that fish and other organisms that consume the plastics could reabsorb the toxic substances and pass them along to other predators when they are eaten." Plastics of any kind should not be in the water and littered.
After reading "A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up" I learned that many people would like to go to Mars and explore the planet that has only been seen on a robot. I feel like i would rather stay on Earth and no go see Mars. I am perfectly fine just looking at pictures.
After reading "A one-way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up," I learned that there are plans for humans to move to mars, although the ticket is a one way- forcing the homesteaders to deal without the luxuries of Earth. I, however, do not feel that this trip is possible, for Mars One doesn't have sufficient funding and technology. If it were possible, I wouldn't go because I love Earth and life here, and don't want to be stranded in a place 150 million miles away.
After reading "It’s Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter" I have learned that Instagram has become an international favorite. The photo sharing app rapids growth is very impressive but not to shocking because of the rise in this area of social networking. This app is not perfect yet, many people create fake accounts fro celebrities and sometimes company's. Over the new few months Instagram will begin to work on getting rid of these fake accounts and verify the real ones.
I have learned that many people would risk their lives in order just to see something. This reminds me of multiple places people sacrificed their lives in order to see. It amazes me that people are willing to die in order to see something special. Its like when the sent people underwater in a submarine, just so the people would see what was underwater, even though they would eventually drown. Im also curious to see when the first person reaches mars although i wouldn't go to mars because of death. I also think that it will be a long time, probably 100 years for that to happen because even with the technology we have, it will cost a tun to go to mars.
After reading "Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans", i started to realize how much pollution there was in the ocean and how dangerous it was. I never knew that there was so much pollution in the ocean that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic layed in the ocean. I know that this number is considered relatively small to some hypothesis, but I would have thought that there would have been a lot less. It also makes me wonder how much plastic there was until people started noticing the plastic. I also didn't realize that the plastic in the ocean could affect the food chain so much.
It's Offical;Instagram Is Bigger ThanTwitter
I am actually very surprised about this article due to the fact that Twitter has been out on the market for many years while Instgram has just been introduced not to long ago. I am also impressed with both partys for updating the app ever so often and making it better and better than before. While both apps are very famous this article shows us that people like new, hence Instagram. People will try out the new app and If they like it enough they will keep it, and if they like it so much they will use it almost everyday. Lately I did not realize how many active users there really are.
A One-Way Trip To Mars. Many Would Sign Up.
I really like how to author started off the article, by referring to a middle school class. I am really surprised about how many people actually want a one way trip to Mars (200,000 from each country). Also I never knew that NASA was not the only company trying to get to Mars, this includes many others. Lastly the author puts in some negativity from people that say getting to Mars is impossible;which I like because it shows that the reader does care for the other side.
Radiation treatment for woman with breast cancer will be a shorter duration. Scientists have found that longer radiation treatments are not necessary. This will be safer for woman and cheaper. The cost is much less than doing it the longer way.
Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans
I am very surprised on the great number of plastic levels in the oceans, weighing over 269,000 tons. The author leaves suggestions on what people could do to lower the rate on garbage in the oceans. Which I thought was clever is that if you break the plastic up into very little pieces it could dissolve. This article definitely brought to eye about the problems with plastic in the ocean.
Long Radiation Treatments Faulted in Many Breast Cancer Cases-
This article brings to my attention of all the women that have lumpectomies. At first I thought this was a very bad thing to have but then reading I see that it is actually good to have because it reduces odds that another cancer will arise in the breasts and it improves the chance of survival.
I read the article about the amount of plastic debris floating in the ocean. It is scary to think that if you swallow a tiny bit of water when swimming in the ocean, you could be consuming a sort of toxin. We have to make sure we recycle our plastics, instead of hurting the ocean with them.
I read the article about going to Mars. I think we do need to explore Mars to see if we can support life on that planet. With so many people willing to go, we can find the best suitable people. They understand that they would never be able to come back to Earth, and that is scary. I don't think this is something I could do, I would miss my family too much. Maybe in the future, with developing technology, they may be able to come back. Only time will tell.
I read the article about instagram vs twitter. More people are using instagram than twitter now. It seems more people like the video more than 140 characters. I use both, but not often. There is a big problem with people hacking other people and uploading things that are not true. This seems to be the biggest problem they have, making sure you are who you say you are. To me, it doesn't make much of a difference. I do know one thing, they are all making a ton of money.
I read the article Instagram Vs Twitter. Even though Twitter has been out longer I am not surprised that Instagram is bigger then Twitter. Instagram is a more efficient way to check the news feed. Instead of reading a long paragraph on Twitter you can look at a picture on Instagram and you know what is going on. Instagram has the problem of fake users and people hacking other people's accounts. This can tarnish the person or company that is being hacked, and then can tarnish the security of Instagram. Instagram better fix this problem soon before people start to avoid this app because of all the hackers and fake users.
I read the article about Study Gauges Plastic Levels in the Ocean. Researches are becoming more aware of the large amounts of plastic in the ocean, as much as 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic they predict are in the ocean. Various studies have shown differing amounts of plastic. The researchers predictions were way off. Now the big concern is that smaller pieces of plastic are sinking down to the bottom of the ocean. These pieces of plastic could be eaten by fish. This could be very bad for the health of the fish and the health of humans. If we eat the fish that ate this plastic this could give us disease. In conclusion this really opens my mind to the importance of not littering and that we should care for our oceans.
After reading Animals Spy a New Enemy: Drones, I feel that we shouldn't use drones. Drones are dangerous to animals flying in the air. Animals attack these drones, wasting money, and potentially injuring the animal. I also can't believe that people think that it is funny when an animal comes into contact with a drone. The animal that attacks the drone can get critically injured and killed. This reminds me of an episode of Criminal minds. The episodes, The Big Game and Revelation involve an unsub who kills people because of their sins and post the killing to social media as a warning to sinners. However, the people who responded all thought it was cool since they thought it was a preview to a horror movie. I feel like people have grown to accustumed to violence so that an animal possibly getting injured isn't important in the video, only the fact that they think it is cool and funny.
After reading A Case Study of Climate Change vs. Human Activity, i found a interesting idea as to why many bird species went extinct in Abaco. I think that it is interesting that many bird species went extinct when humans first came 1000 years ago. This is because the humans probably couldn't due to much damage to the environment because they didn't have the materials they have today. I think that there had to be some other animal that made the birds extinct. This is because humans just probably cut trees down and ate food at that time on the island. I also think that if they were starving or lacking a habitat, they would have just migrated to somewhere else
After reading, Warming Oceans May Threaten Krill, a Cornerstone of the Antarctic Ecosystem, I feel like people should start realizing the harm they cause to the environment. This is because many animals, such as krill, get harmed by carbon dioxide. If humans don't help the environment then there is a possibility that krill will become extinct. This will harm the food chain extremely. People need to realize that making an animal go extinct harms a food chain extremely. This is because the prey become too enormous and the predator become too small. I also think that people should stop hunting or catching animals unless it is for food.
I read the article about drones and their encounters with wildlife. It seems to me that there is a conflict between the serious usage of drones for surveying and research of animals and the safety of the animals they go by. Park authorities should make sure that the people who fly drones in the habitats of birds, seals, otters, bears, and other animals, have some level of knowledge when it comes to drone safety and biological observation. A lot of people who use these drones are technologically advanced birdwatchers, so I think the companies that make these drones can benefit from producing ones that are safer to the animals they are surveying. This would make the environments safer, the surveyors and researchers happier, and give the drone producers a better market of environmentally safe drones and better understanding of biological safety, as well as a friendlier bond between the drone companies, the nature watchers, and the animals.
After reading "Museum Specimens Find New Life Online", I feel impressed by the amount of progress that museum researchers are making. I think using modern digital technology is helping a lot, as scientists are able to do better research on specimens and preserve their observations for better and longer amounts of time. Researchers are making great usage of digital technology and will help to influence the next generation of educators, students, and biologists based on their advanced findings and more efficient examination developments.
After reading "Warming Oceans May Threaten Krill, a Cornerstone of the Antarctic Ecosystem", I can see how important even the smallest of case studies are to understanding our global ecosystems.How krill are affected by rising carbon dioxide levels can be useful to know when looking at less versatile creatures in the environment. Although this is is only an example within marine biology, it is a great guide for studying the changes brought on by different levels of carbon dioxide, as studied through any chemical or biological observation on the subject.
After reading Museum Specimens Find New Life Online, I'm surprised by the fact about how important museum specimens are. This is because I never though that people wouldn't take so many 3d photos of specimens. I also never though that scientists can determine how the ecology of a region has changed because of these specimen. I'm also impressed that scientist can do things like this that they didn't even dream about a decade ago
Human activity and climate change have both definitely played a role in the extinction of some species on the island of Abaco. After the ice age 17 species of birds became extinct because of the rising climate on the island of Abaco. I am surprised by this because normally I hear that birds travel south for warmth. Once humans started to habitat Abaco species started to become extinct as well. 22 species of animals became extinct. Clearly humans have to care for the environment more and we should try to protect animal life.
I just finished reading the article about how insects in museums are being brought back to life using modern technology. I think that it is amazing that insects from centuries ago are being photographed and documented virtually for generations to see. This capability also allows scientists to compare the same insects from generations earlier to see how they have adapted to and increase in human encounters in their natural habitats. Although this work is pain staking and time consuming it is crucial to our knowledge of previous species of bugs so we can protect that species in the future. This is also a quicker, more efficient way for scientist form around the world to visualize a certain bug without having to visit a museum in another country.
I just finished reading the article about how carbon dioxides effects krill and their larvae in Antarctica. I think that it is a serious problem that we facing and the consequences can have a bigger role than we think. Krill is a key component to the diets of whales and if there is a shortage of food whales will either have to adapt and find a new food source, or they will die. Us as humans are to blame for all the problems the environment and animals are facing. We need lower our use of carbon dioxide because it effects everything form unborn krill to the health of our own kind. The lower amounts of krill will also effect the food chain by eliminating a key component of the chain which will result in a spiral of consequences to all its members.
I read the article "Animals Spy a New Enemy: Drones". This article was all about the affects of drones on animals. I was surprised to learn that drones can easily hurt or even kill many predatory animals, primarily birds. These animals can attack these drones, thinking there are trying to hurt them, and the drone's propellers can easily hurt them. Even though drones can be very useful to research, I believe the use of drones should be more strongly restricted.
I read the article "A Case Study of Climate Change vs. Human Activity".
I was surprised to read the disastrous affects humans can have on an environment. During the Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago, only 17 bird species went extinct on the island of Abaco. However, when the first humans were introduced to that area, about 1,000 years ago, about 22 species of different animals became extinct. The extinction from the Ice Age was mainly due to the changing temperatures and different species lack of changeability to this new environment. The extinctions caused by humans extincted animals strong enough to brave the weather change during the Ice Age, and there extinctions were not natural.
I feel that "A Case Study of Climate Change" is a very informative article because it discusses human impacts on the environment in a very unique way. Usually when climate change is discussed, it is spoken of in the context of recent events, mainly the human usage of fossil fuels over the past 300 years. A lot of these discussions are sullied by political arguments about the modern environmental agenda. However, this article is actually informative about the historical effects humans have had on climate change for a thousand years in Abaco. It also points out how strongly human activity impacts an environment at any level, even with the more primitive technology from before the modern industrial era of the past few centuries.
Animals Spy a New Enemy: Drones
I find drones to be useful. They go where humans can not but if drones are going to harm animals I do not like the use of them. Drones have harmed animals before and have also scared them a lot. When they studied the heart rate of a bear there heart rate went increasingly up. I do not like the fact that drones frighten animals this much. Drones also have been attacked by animals which is not a good sign because the propellers could harm the animal. If there was a way for drones to not scare the animals or harm them I would like the use of drones.
Museum Specimen Find New Online Life
I am suprised that scientists say that high tech information can answer some of the most important questions in life and biology. Many institutions have been trying to digitize vast collections of different species. There are more institutions trying to do this like the institution called iDigBio. In conclusion if these high tech pictures can solve many questions I think people should try to take more pictures more efficiently
After reading the effect that humans have on animals I think that it is crazy that humans can have an equal amount of effect on certain animal species survival as climate changes. I never really thought how human liter and garbage effects animals and their environment. I hope that humans can lessen their negative effect on animals through recycling and keeping the Earth clean.
After reading the article about Animals viewing drones as an enemy I understand how the animals feel. The animals probably feel like that drone is a predator or trying to attack them. So I feel that it is natural for the animals to attack the drones. I also agree with Dr. Grémillet when he says that if too many drones are in the air it can be dangerous with them having a good chance of colliding into the animals.
I believe that the 3 dimensional pictures that are being taken take away the feeling of seeing the specimens in an actual museum. This website is good if there is no way for you to make it to see the actual bug and look at it at all angles yourself
The diversity of life on this planet is amazing! It is definitely interesting how early marine life was forced to adapt to these changing conditions, thus propelling a diverse array of living creatures, some staying in water, some growing limbs and waddling onto land. However I am a bit skeptical about our species evolving directly from the primitive marine creature mentioned in the article because our genes are very different. Yet, as with all scientific reasearch, more evidence is needed.
Wow! Evolution has factored out such a diverse array of organisms. It's really amazing how all life can be connected, whether genetically or physically.
Animals Spy a New Enemy: Drones
I found this article very interesting. There seems to be this incredible trend of drones and their interaction with animals. It makes me wonder if technology has grown to the point where we are being invasive. It also looks like hobbyists are not aware of the dangers to the animals when flying these drones. Furthermore, I also find it ironic how we model these animals through our technology, and the animals we are modeling are attacking the model.
Museum Specimens Find New Life Online
I have always found taxonomy to be a pleasant and organized field, but this article opened me up to the number of specimens that these people are dealing with. This quote demonstrates this, "Currently, the iDigBio search portal contains 45 million specimen records and about 12 million images. But that is not nearly enough, Dr. Page said. He estimates there are half a billion specimens in the United States alone." Lastly, it seems like technology is the new frontier for preservation, which is a strange juxtaposition of nature and "machines".
Warming Oceans May Threaten Krill, a Cornerstone of the Antarctic Ecosystem
This article featured a number of alarming statistics. It's shocking to believe how much power we have over our environment. There were two main statistics in this article that informed me of our influence. The first was that "there could be a 20 to 70 percent reduction in Antarctic krill by 2100" and by "2300, the Southern Ocean might not be suitable for krill reproduction.” The second was that the "Antarctic conservation commission said Norwegians caught 165,899 tons of krill in 2014, Korean fisheries took 55,414 tons and Chinese 54,303 tons." Each of those statistics really shook me and showed me how much power we have over nature.
A Case Study of Climate Change vs. Human Activity
Although it is a short article, it mentions many depressing statistics. Similarly to "Warming Oceans May Threaten Krill, a Cornerstone of the Antarctic Ecosystem", it displays the power of humans on their environment. It is shocking to think that 22 species can go extinct with human arrival to an island. It also makes me wonder about the conservation efforts to maintain these species from going extinct.
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