Real Science and Other Adventures

Science – exploring and creating

I came across this article on Wired.com that explains why Science class is not like real Science. Science is an adventure, but to be able to do it, you first have to learn … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

What happens when you eat sugar?

These videos are quite complex but help tie together a number of VCE Biology 3&4 topics. They show how  insulin stimulates glucose transport into the cell in response to an increase in blood … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Movement of substances across membranes – membrane transport proteins

The cell membrane surrounds and protects the cytoplasm. It finely controls what moves in and out of the cell. But how? The cell membrane (plasma membrane) has a hydrophobic inner layer. … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Amazing marsupials

Motherhood is wonderful but it comes with a few difficulties. Pregnancy and childbirth have their risks. The human baby’s head is quite large, so childbirth can be longwinded and dangerous … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing – answers

Last time we looked at CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and I asked a couple of questions. How would the bacteria be able to make a specific “guide RNA” that matches a piece of viral … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

CRISPR-Cas9 and genome editing

Science Magazine recently announced their Breakthrough of the Year for 2015. It’s CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. Genome editing means changing an organism’s genetic instructions by changing its DNA sequence. You could do this for a number of reasons – perhaps … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

What colour do you like your celery? A classic experiment for kids

Let’s do a popular experiment to learn about how water moves through plants.

January 17, 2016 · 1 Comment