Harry Potter sings Elements song

Posted November 16, 2010 by fhsukams
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Well maybe not Harry Potter, but the actor that plays Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, sang the Elements song during a recent interview.  The Elements song lists all of the elements of the periodic table and is put to the tune of The Major General’s Song.  Every student should watch and learn…Elements song

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Cure for the common cold…may not be too far away

Posted November 4, 2010 by fhsukams
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virus and antibody

Virus (purple) circulating in the bloodstream recognized by antibodies (yellow) of the immune system

In a dramatic breakthrough that could affect millions of lives, researchers at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge have been able to show for the first time that the body’s immune defenses can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded the inner sanctum of a human cell, a feat that was believed until now to be impossible.

In the past, it was thought that the antibodies of the immune system worked entirely outside the cells, in the blood and other extra-cellular fluids of the body. Now scientists realize that there is another layer of defense inside the cells where it might be possible to enhance the natural anti-virus machinery of the body.

How the virus is tackled

  1. Virus (purple) circulating in the bloodstream recognized by antibodies (yellow) of the immune system
  2. Virus attaches to outer cell membrane with antibodies still attached
  3. Virus invades the cell membrane and emerges inside the cell
  4. Remains of cell membrane disappear and the virus is free to hijack the cell
  5. TRIM21 protein (blue) recognizes attached antibodies as foreign material
  6. Powerful virus-destroying machines (cylinders) attracted to virus by TRIM21
  7. Virus rapidly broken down and disabled within hours

Space shuttle Discovery gets the green light

Posted November 2, 2010 by fhsukams
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Discovery

STS-133 Webcast

The final flight of Discovery’s 26 years has been given the green light by NASA.  Lift is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov 3).  This will be Discovery’s 39th lift-off, and its last.  For its last mission, Discovery will be heading to the International Space Station with a load of equipment, including a humanoid robot, Robonaut 2.

The weather forecast is holding steady with a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time Wednesday.   Liftoff is scheduled for 3:52 p.m. EDT.

Preview Day…less than 2 weeks away

Posted November 1, 2010 by fhsukams
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KAMS Preview Day is only 12 days away!!  We are excited to once again get a chance to meet prospective KAMS studentsKansas Academy of Mathematics & Science and their families.  So far, we have a little over 70 people signed up for Preview Day!  We hope that the word keeps spreading about KAMS and more students every year join in the information filled day.  Registration is still open, so if you are interested in learning more about KAMS, please register by November 7th.

History of Halloween

Posted October 29, 2010 by fhsukams
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HalloweenEvery year people all over the U.S. celebrate Halloween, but many don’t know where or why there is a Halloween.  Halloween  originated over 2,000 years ago in Celtic Europe.  What we consider November 1, was the Celts’  New Year’s Day, called Samhain (SAH-win).

On Samhain eve—what we know as Halloween—spirits were thought to walk the Earth as they traveled to the afterlife. Fairies, demons, and other creatures were also said to be about.  In an early form of trick-or-treating, Celts costumed as spirits are believed to have gone from house to house engaging in silly acts in exchange for food and drink—a practice inspired perhaps by an earlier custom of leaving food and drink outdoors as offerings to supernatural beings.

Samhain was later transformed as Christian leaders co-opted pagan holidays. In the seventh century Pope Boniface IV decreed November 1 All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows’ Day.  The night before Samhain continued to be observed with bonfires, costumes, and parades, though under a new name: All Hallows’ Eve—later “Halloween.”

Halloween comes to America…..European immigrants brought Halloween to the United States, and the celebration really gathered steam in the 1800s, when Irish-American immigration exploded.

Anoka, Minnesota, may be home to the United States’ oldest official Halloween celebration. Beginning in 1920, the city began staging a parade and bonfire.

Our Nation’s Future Depends on Next-Gen Innovation

Posted October 19, 2010 by fhsukams
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Obama Science Fair picturePresident Obama viewed 11 science projects on display at the White House.  These science projects ranged from cancer therapies to solar-power cars, water purification systems and robotic wheelchairs.  President Obama has been emphasizing math and science education and feels that the U.S. is being outpaced by other countries and he wants American students to move from the middle to the top in science and math over the decade.

Text messaging is on the rise

Posted October 15, 2010 by fhsukams
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Texting comparison graphA new study shows that text messaging is on the rise.  The study shows that teens, 13-17, send at least 50 texts a day, 15 percent of those teens and 18 percent of adults 18 to 24 text more than 200 messages a day, while just 3 percent of adults 25 to 29 do the same.

Among adult cell phone users, 72 percent of them now send and receive text messages, up from 65 percent in September 2009, and 58 percent in December 2007, according to “Cell Phones and American Adults“.   15 percent of teens 12-17, and 18 percent of adults 18 to 24 text message more than 200 messages a day, while just 3 percent of adults 25 to 29 do the same.”