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"​
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Until now all attempts to culture pearlsfrom the Queen conch (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 Megan Davis 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 tothese 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.

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Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
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  • 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
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Apply creativity to work
  • i will create a song about my work.
  • create my own video about my work.