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9th Honors Biology
Science Online '09
Hello there, im Bobby, I play basketball, baseball, and i am a muscian. i also really like dinosaurs, they are very cool.
"A Shell of a Discovery"
Until now all attempts to
(Scientific name: Strombus gigas)
have been unsuccessful. The previous techniques to retrieve these pearls were unsuccessful because of the difficult
shape of the conch
, making it nearly impossible to retrieve them without endangering the animal’s life. This is an issue because of commercial fishing is now considered a threatened species in Florida and throughout the Caribbean. Drs. Hector Acosta-Salmon and
took just two years of research to invent this newly developed technique. Before their discovery, no high-quality Queen Conch pearls had been cultured.
There are two types of cultured pearls, Nucleated, or beaded and non-nucleated, or non-beaded. Nucleated pearls are made by placing a single piece of mantle tissue from another mollusk and a nucleus, like a spherical piece of the shell and a bead and put it into the shell of the conch. Non-nucleated pearls are made only by inserting a piece of mantle tissue, but no bead is inserted. When the pearls are collected they are finished in porcelain and are
sold as jewelry
. They come in white, red, pink, orange, yellow, and brown.
I found this information on the website this is hyperlinked to
these are a few questions i asked the scientist behind this discovery.
I find this subject very
interesteing and wanted to ask you a few questions. My first question is
how did you come to the conclusion of the right technique and are the
creatures harmed in the process?
Megan's answer: we knew that the technique worked because it was
reliable and none of the conch died.
And also how long does it take to come upon such a big discovery?
Megan's answer: It took us about 6 months.
Chris- The improvements you need bobby is more creativity. Everything else is really good. The hyperlinks go to websites that give valuable information that is correct.
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
I will check all the websites i use to make sure they are credible.
i will explain why the source is credible.
i will ask my classmates if they think the source is credible.
i made sure all my sources were credible science sources.
i posted them on the credible sources page and had my classmates evaluate them also.
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
i will find a story that i like and that i will be able to fully understand.
i will read the story thoroughly and ask for help with what i dont understand.
i will try to find multiple storys on the subject.
i found a story that interested me and read over it multiple times to make sure i had it all down before i started writing my blog.
i found a second source with the same story and read over that one too.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
i will use only credible sources.
i will only use creative commons pictures.
i will put hyperlinks in my text.
Publish work that is available for peer-review
before i turn in my blog i will have several classmates review it to ensure its complete and follows the rules we were givin.
i will put the work on the class blog.
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
i will contact scientists from wbesites that i used and get their opinion and ask them to review my work.
i will look for other scientists in the feild of my work.
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
i will review as many classmates as possible and only provide them with constructive comments.
i will reply to comments on my work and comments on others work.
Discuss in-class assignments
i will write down topics to comment on from class in class and then write them on the website later.
Apply creativity to work
i will create a song about my work.
create my own video about my work.
help on how to format text
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