Posts Tagged “biology”

Taste Testing

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I can’t say that there’s much to talk about today. In Biology we did some strange experiments. One was with four different cups and sweet, bitter, salty, and sour liquids (sugar water, cold coffee, salt water, and some other weird liquid that I forget). We just took a Q-Tip and put each liquid on all four parts of our tongue, one at a time and rinsing between each. It was really stupid, though, because we’ve been talking about the eye and the ear…not the tongue or mouth. I’m really not sure why we did it at all. I guess it must have had to do with nerves, since it has to do with senses and such.

Anyways, after that, we poked each other on the backs of our hands with markers to test whether receptors are uniformly placed or randomly scattered across the skin. Basically, one person would have to close their eyes and the other person would poke them with a marker. Then the person with their eyes closed would take another marker and try to poke themselves in the same place as they were poked. Then we measured the distance between the two points. So right now I have red and black dots on my right hand. I really don’t think it proved anything, though. I mean, when I had my eyes closed, I could barely tell where my hand was to poke it with the marker. If I could use my finger, I would be able to…Continue Reading

Biology, Choices, Patience

Today was pretty good. While nothing really interesting happened, nothing bad happened either, so it was tolerable. On Jeff’s Day-o-Meter, it would get a 6 out of 10. But considering that the Day-o-Meter doesn’t exist, I’m not quite sure what that means.

Last night I was talking to Lana on MSN and she was telling me that we had a Biology test on Unit 2 the next day (today). While I knew that it was coming up, it had originally been scheduled for the Friday before March Break. When we had to go back to the basketball tournament the second time, it got postponed, and no one knew when it was postponed until. So Lana asked Mrs. Houtman yesterday right after school and apparently the test was happening tomorrow. Needless to say, none of the Grade 12s were very happy, but considering it got pushed off for an entire week, we really had nothing to complain about other than the fact that we didn’t have a definitive date for when it was to take place.

Anyways, Lana then proceeded to tell me that she knew almost nothing about what we had been talking about for the past three months in Biology. The first thing I asked was, “Well then why weren’t you asking questions during all those classes? Why leave it until the day before the exam?” Anyways, she got on her knees and begged me to help her – maybe not quite that drastic, since I don’t know whether…Continue Reading