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AME Revision books
by Des Waters - Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12:00 PM
 

Finance office will order the AME revision book for all Biology levels, they are very very good.

Students must go to the finance office to pay before she orders them.

L1 - $17, normally $25
L2 - $17, normally $25
L3 - $18, normally $27
Scholarship - $21, normally $32

The DUE DATE is FRIDAY 11 AUGUST - Ms Hoppe will order them on this day


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NZIBO
by Des Waters - Monday, 19 June 2017, 9:26 AM
 

NZ International Biology Olympiad registration is now open
Online Registration for the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad 2018 is now open! www.nzibo.org/nzibo/registration/
All keen students are encouraged to take part. The entrance exam in on Wednesday  23rd  August.
 
Currently, the 2017 NZIBO team are gearing up for the 28th IBO at Warwick University, Coventry, UK  in July. 

Deadline for registration is 5th August 2017.

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Great WEBsite
by Des Waters - Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 2:15 PM
 

http://wallaceresourcelibrary.com/

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Great revision website
by Des Waters - Thursday, 4 August 2016, 2:20 PM
 

http://www.passbiology.co.nz/home

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NZIBO
by Des Waters - Saturday, 2 July 2016, 9:17 PM
 


NZIBO registration now open!

Registration is now open at www.nzibo.org for the 2017 competition. Students register online. The entrance exam is on Wednesday 24th August.

If your school has not participated previously, then the cost is $15 per student. A full list of schools that have participated is on our registration page.

Thanks so much for encouraging your students to take part. The NZIBO team leaves for Vietnam in less than two weeks time.

If you have any questions, please email.

Kind regards

Heather Meikle



Dr H Meikle
Secretary
NZIBO
06-357-9194 extn 878




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INTERNALS
by Des Waters - Friday, 15 April 2016, 12:06 PM
 

You need to UPLOAD your internals for BIOLOGY today!!!!!

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Are you ready for university
by Des Waters - Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 5:38 PM
 

Click on the link Maths Quiz (see expected prior learning) and it will open up to all the quizzes

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Topics covered in Biology - great for med, vet, agri business
by Des Waters - Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3:26 PM
 

Y13Bio

PHYSIOLOGY 

BIOTECHNOLOGY

PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND ECOLOGY 

EVOLUTION 

HUMAN ANATOMY AND EVOLUTION

 

Y12 Bio:

HUMAN AND ANIMAL ORGAN SYSTEMS AND PHYSIOLOGY

ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING INVERTEBRATE STUDIES

CELLS - HOW CELL WORK, METABOLISM ETC... 

GENETIC VARIATION - DNA, WHY WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT

GENETIC - HOW THE CELLS WORK TO MAKE PROTEIN 

 

Y11 Bio:

ENZYMES - HOW ENZYMES AFFECT THE BODY AND METABOLISM

ECOLOGY - LOOKING AT DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS

MICROORGANISMS - FUNGI, BACTERIA, VIRUSES

PLANTS 

MAMMALS AND ANIMALS


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Synthetic Leaf
by Des Waters - Thursday, 22 October 2015, 7:58 AM
 

Inventor Develops Synthetic "Leaf" That Produces Oxygen

July 30, 2014 | by Lisa Winter

photo credit: Julian Melchiorri

Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen for space travel as well as make the air nicer here on Earth. The leaf was developed in conjunction with a silk lab from Tufts University

The leaf is created from a matrix of protein extracted from silk and chloroplasts, the organelle that allows plants and algae to perform photosynthesis. When provided with light and water, the synthetic leaf allegedly acts just like a real leaf and produces oxygen. 

“It’s very light, low energy-consuming,” he explains. “It’s completely biological and my idea was to use the efficiency of nature in a man-made environment. I created some lighting out of this material, using the light to illuminate the house but at the same time to create oxygen for us.”

Malchiorri isn’t content to just think of a few small fixtures within the house as the only use for this product. His dreams for Silk Leaf are out of this world

"NASA is researching different ways to produce oxygen for long-distance space journeys to let us live in space,” he continued. “This material could allow us to explore space much further than we can now."

In addition to meeting the breathing demands of astronauts and the first colonists of Mars and beyond, the material could be used on the facades of buildings and inside ventilation systems in order to generate fresh oxygen.

Check out this video:

 

 

All of this does sound pretty great, but does not account for photosynthesis in its entirety. Let’s take a look at the equation:

6CO2 + 6H2O + --(Sunlight Energy)--> C6H12O6 + 6O2

The Silk Leaf accounts for the input of carbon dioxide, water, and light as well as the oxygen product, but what about all the sugar? Plants don’t perform photosynthesis purely as a public service; it is done so they can create food for themselves. There isn’t an explanation as to what happens to the carbon and hydrogen that the leaf takes in. Silk Leaf lacks the vacuoles, stems, and roots that store food in plants. 

The video also claims that plants don’t grow in space, which isn’t true. There have been concerns in the past that roots require gravity in order to develop properly, but experiments from the ISS have shown that plants can grow in space. However, it would take a considerable amount of soil, water, and plants to generate enough oxygen for astronauts or a, so a lightweight alternative like Silk Leaf would be beneficial in that regard. 


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Massey Scholarship day - 25th Aug
by Des Waters - Thursday, 6 August 2015, 4:16 PM
 

Confirming that the following students are registered to attend the NCEA Scholarship Workshops

 

Des Waters – Teacher         

Chemistry

Biology

Statistics

Calculus

Physics

 

Sat 22 Aug

Tues 25 Aug

Wed 26 Aug

Thurs 27 Aug

Fri 28 Aug

Daniel Chang

Sam Flint

Josh Gardner-Hutton

 

 

 

Zain Hussain

 

 

 

Ajay Kumar

 

 

 

Bogo Lee

 

 

 

 

Liam Wells

 

 

 

 

Chris Arbuthnott

 

 

 

 

Lance Morales

 

 

 

 

Richard Rankin

 

 

 

 

Charlies Southee

 

 

 

 

Edward Chen

 

 

 

Samuel Dobson

 

 

Connor Cleland

 

 

Cameron Gray

 

 

 

Sheridan Smitham

 

 

 

Jake Mayston

 

 

Niall Malone

 

 

 

Matthew Brennan

 

 

 

Sam Reddish

 

 

 

 

Malachi Hill

 

 

 

 

Nathan Hotter

 

 

Jacob Rasmussen

 

 

 

Please find attached a campus map outlining parking area and the location of Wool Building and Room WB2 (Please enter the Wool Building via the University Drive entrance. WB2 can be located at the end of the RHS hallway).

 

The Orchard Road Car Park charges are as follows:  Up to four hours = $2.50; Up to six hours = 3.00, so please ensure you have some change with you

 

Statistics Workshop Topics:

In the Statistics scholarship workshop, we will be covering 3.13 Probability, 3.8 Time Series, 3.11 Experiments, Resampling and Randomisation, 3.9 Regression, Correlation, and Causality and 3.12 Statistical Reports.

If you have not covered a particular topic then it would be a good idea to do some reading/work on it in preparation for the workshop. Massey has a free online textbook that you may find helpful with this.   http://castbeta.massey.ac.nz/collection_public.html

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Lawrence by emailing a.lawrence@massey.ac.nz

 

 

Kind Regards,

Colleen Blair  |  Administrator/Secretary

Institute of Fundamental Sciences PN461 |  Massey University  |  Private Bag 11-222  |  Palmerston North  4442 |  New Zealand

Phone: +64 6 356 9099 extn 84612| Fax: +64 6 350 5682

 

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