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Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

We all love our water, maybe even a little too much. Only 2.5% of Earth’s water is freshwater, and most of helps form our glaciers and ice caps. As human population continue to increase, there is a growing demand for water with a limited supply. Typically, runoff from glaciers bass helped keep our reservoirs full; …

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Mars Astronauts – how would you feel?

Technology has advanced so rapidly that scientists believe we are finally ready to send astronauts to Mars. The only problem? It is unlikely that these four selected astronauts will ever be able to return home. Mars One, a nonprofit organization, plans on sending four people to Mars in 2024, and even more groups in the …

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Sexism in Science?

I’m sure most of us have noticed a large gender gap between men and women in the science field. Even though just as many women work as men, only 26% of women work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. There are many factors that contribute to this low percentage, including less funding in scientific grants …

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Our zSpace Experience

On April 30th, my peers and I were lucky enough to explore zSpace, which is a growing technology provider that specializes in an alternative learning system. Using zSpace, we were able to view 3D organisms on a monitor with specialized glasses that move the object as you change your view, and we were able to “dissect” …

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Nature vs. Nurture

So, how much is behavior based on Nature vs. Nurture? KQED wants to find out. While we have natural-born characteristics (nature), there are also ones that we develop through our own personal experience and environment. While scientists know that both help influence our character, it is not always obvious which traits are derived from nature …

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Aquarius

Can people live underwater? With the development of Aquarius, this is made possible. Aquarius is one of the few underwater research laboratories in the world that is dedicated solely to science. Aquarius is located 63 feet below sea level just off the coast of the Florida Keys, and was designed to withstand high pressure from the …

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Cracking the Code of Life

Cracking the Code of Life is a video published by PBS in 2001, and is available to watch for free online. The video observes the newly completed Human Genome Project, and discusses the pros and cons of knowing the billions of letters that make up an individual’s unique DNA sequence. The Human Genome Project is …

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Education is a right, not a privilege.

I am very fortunate to live in America; where men and women are valued as equals and where education is not a privilege but a right. Unfortunately, many girls and women in other countries are not granted these same justices. The most valuable gift any person can receive is an education. In many African and …

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F.L.O.W. Reflection

Last week, our AP Bio class watched a documentary called For the Love Of Water, or F.L.O.W. The documentary discussed how essential it is to have easy access to clean, fresh, water, but also what a rare resource it is in most parts of the world. F.L.O.W. contained many subplots throughout the film; including visits …

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Save the Bay Reflection Blog Post

On September 4th, 2013, the AP Bio team partnered up with the Environmental Science in Action class to visit Save the Bay and learn about its mission. On this field trip, we were divided into groups. In our first group, we tested the acidic and basic pH levels, the moisture, and the salinities of given …

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