Series Page: Introductory Science Essays

Hannah D. // 5/31/2017

Biology

The Language of Bacteria: Antibiotics and Genes
The Language of Bacteria: Chemicals and Communication
The Language of Bacteria: Winning the Battle
These three essays introduce microbiology and current research on the rise of "superbugs."
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/language-bacteria-antibiotics-and-genes

Surprise Discoveries in the Fight Against Superbugs
Expands on the topics explored in the above essays with research on seaweeds and a Medieval medicinal text.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/surprise-discoveries-fight-against-su...

The Human Body
While not strictly a biology essay, it mentions the multidisciplinary wonders of an extraordinary biological machine.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/human-body

Developmental Biology and Modern Medicine
Provides an introduction to embryonic development, as well as applications to modern medical research.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/developmental-biology-and-modern-medi...

Experiment: Using Microcosms as an Introduction to Ecology
Provides in-depth information (that can be adjusted to the age of students) for the foundation of a lake microcosm experiment.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/using-microcosms-introduction-ecology

Physics/Physical Sciences

A Star is Born
Briefly introduces ideas on gas behavior and an overview of modern theories on star origins.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/star-born-0

The Story of Serpentine
Introduces geology - including rock types, layers of the earth, and plate tectonics - by following the origins of a rock common to Northern California.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/story-serpentine

Experiment: An Introduction to Newton's Laws, Momentum, and Energy
A series of races, crashes, drops, and catapultings to teach kids about how we use force and energy to study motion.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/introduction-newtons-laws-momentum-an...

Chemistry

Experiment: Introducing Chemistry with Balloons, Slime, and Lava Lamps
Information to expand upon the chemistry behind kids' science demos. Introduces atoms, molecules, static electricity, and bonding.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/introducing-chemistry-balloons-slime-...

The Origin of Life: The Necessary Ingredients
The Origin of Life: The Problem of Location
The Origin of Life: The Reactions of Life
These essays cover some of the chemistry involved in living cells, as well as some chemistry-related obstacles that must be overcome if life actually started up on its own.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/origin-life-necessary-ingredients

Advanced

Hidden Helpers
Includes microbiology, mycology, and forestry, all within the context of ecology.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/hidden-helpers

How We Evolve
Evolution - natural selection and mutation, in particular.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/how-we-evolve

Homology: Common Ancestry, or Common Designer?
An (admittedly poorly organized) essay that includes introductions on homology, taxonomy, biochemistry, and developmental biology.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/homology-common-ancestry-or-common-de...

The Fall, The Flood, and Creation Biology
Current research in creation biology involves microbial ecology, virology, and origins of pathogenicity.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/fall-flood-and-creation-biology

Marine Biodiversity
A bit of a niche topic, but it does include coral reef ecology, developmental biology, and symbiotic relationships.
http://www.apricotpie.com/hannah-d/marine-biodiversity

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