Category Archives: visually rich

Which of your genes came from Neanderthals?

Livescience have an informative blog on Neanderthals. Create your own post using information from Livescience and other information sources. Be sure that your post is in your own words so that you do not plagiarise . Also make sure you acknowledge the places that you get information from.

Add a picture. Use Flickr to find and download your photo as Fickr allows you to find photos that are not restricted by copyright but are available as creative commons.

Click through to gathabiotens here or in the sidebar to follow the work of Year 10 students on this topic.


Acids Attacks

Answer these questions when you ‘Leave a comment’

  1. What did you see in the videos?
  2. What do you think about that?
  3. What does it make you wonder?

10 Biol Wk 7 Lesson – Chemical Code for Life

‘They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don’t say that anymore.’

In the not-too-distant future, a less than perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a fall. With some professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. When a colleague is killed he is finally scheduled for a space mission, but a colleague suspects his origins and the police begin an investigation.

‘Gattaca’ – this  lesson confirms the significance of the letters in the title of the film.

What features of the futuristic society portrayed in Gattaca did you notice that are different from our society today? Post your ideas on our wall at Wallwisher

Leave a comment by clicking on the Leave a comment’ tab below. In your comment explain what parts of the film you feel could become reality in the future. What parts of the film are unlikely to become fact? What do you think is going to happen next in the film.

Check out the comments that others have left. Leave a reply to at least two of your colleagues.

Now watch the lesson introduction.

Looking forward to reading your work, and your post on the class blog at  gathabiotens

One years beard growth!

I’ve just had to put this up to the top post again because I love it so much! I’m not sure why that is?

I think because he has very nicely captured the essence of travel, the journey, in the physical sense, but also the personal journey and the growth that is gained through travel.

The video feed from Vimeo is far superior to the earlier Youtube post! Also, at the risk of letting the cat out of the bag, I also notice that Vimeo video is not blocked at school, therefore  students can play the video on their own or school computers.

Interestingly, the first day I had 9o working on their blog one student was able to get around the block and post a You Tube video!!

Please leave a comment by clicking on ‘Comments’  the link above!


A stereotype is a collection of beliefs that we have about the people who belong to a certain group, regardless of individual differences among members of that group.

Gender stereotyping!

Why is the video funny?

How does the sketch stereotype women?

Is this stereotype relevant today?

Will the worm turn on Julia Gillard?

Read the article by NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA

How does Mr Abbott reflect gender stereotypes?

In what ways does Ms Gillard break gender stereotypes? In what way does she reinforce them?

Add your thoughts my clicking ‘Add a comment’ at the top of this post!

Digestion for Beginners


Plastination is a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.

Plastinated man

Concern over consent of bodies being used in the plastination process has arisen. Over 20 years ago, von Hagens set up a body donation program in Germany and has signed over 9,000 donors into the plastinate program: 531 have already died. Although von Hagens says he follows strict consent procedures for whole-body specimens, he maintains that “consent is not important for body parts.” Von Hagens’ body donations are now being managed by the Institute for Plastination established in 1993.

Gunther von Hagens with plastinated horse and rider

Hardening and posturing plastinates

Pro – Con – Neutral

  1. Why would people be in favor of this?
  2. Why would people be against it?
  3. What would be a neutral position?
  4. Describe the sort of person do you think von Hagens is?

Watch the videos of Anatomy for Beginners

Did the videos change your view on von Hagen?

Lifespan Development

What’s your reaction to the video?

What feelings did you experience?

How useful is the video to the psychological study of lifespan development? Why?