10 Incredible Chemical Reaction GIFs Explained We encounter thousands of chemical reactions every day: plants use them in photosynthesis, metals rust over time, and combustion reactions provide us with heat and light, among thousands of other daily uses. Chemical reactions occur when reactants transform into new substances, called products, through creating and breaking bonds between atoms. Sometimes the process creates some pretty wild effects. Check out our top 10 chemical reactions below: 1) Disintegration (Mercury Reacts with Aluminum) Image credit: Theodore Gray via Youtube When aluminum rusts, it creates a protective oxide layer that prevents the aluminum atoms underneath from further rusting. 2) Pharaoh's Serpent (Mercury (II) Thiocyanate Reacts with Oxygen) Image credit: tenkowal via Youtube The reaction depicted above, nicknamed the "Pharoah's Serpent," actually use to be a common classroom demonstration. 3) Explosive Gummi Bear (Heated Potassium Chlorate Reacts with a Gummi Bear) Image credit: ebaum via ebaumsworld.com
The Internet in Real-Time Epigenetics II: DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis Jermel Watking, Bruce Nash, and David Micklos DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Although DNA is the blueprint of life, not all genes are actively expressed in every cell within a multicellular organism. As discussed in our Carolina Tips® article, "Epigenetics I: Using Carolina Corn Ears to Teach Genetic Imprinting," phenotypic differences between cells occur because genes are turned on or off in a cell-specific way. Arabidopsis, FWA, and DNA methylation One very important step in plant development is the switch from vegetative growth to flowering for sexual reproduction. FWA is normally expressed in endosperm, a tissue that feeds the seedling but does not contribute to the structure of the adult. Classroom application To study this homeotic mutation, you can grow Arabidopsis seed in your class. This relatively simple experiment offers a sophisticated test for specific chemical changes to DNA that act as an important developmental regulator in plants.
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What makes me tick...tock? Circadian rhythms, genetics, and health | Project NEURON | University of Illinois Following the introduction of basic principles and key terminology of circadian rhythmicity in Lesson 1, this lesson begins with students discussing model organisms and how scientists use them; Drosophila melanogaster is used as a model for the study of circadian rhythms. Students use several NetLogo simulations to examine how light, temperature, and genetic mutations can affect a fly’s behavior. Students make connections between these simulations and their own circadian rhythms, developing models throughout the lesson of how three different factors (light, temperature, and genetic mutations) can affect both the flies’ activity levels and their own throughout the day. A possible extension to using these NetLogo models is to have students design and carry out their own fly experiment looking at how light affects fly activity.