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  1. Revising for Biology exam tomorrow, im so convinced that the formats have changed in all edexcel exams and everythings gone terribly difficult.... Surely I'm not the only one in the country? Maths was evil, Chemistry was evil, god knows what biologys going to be like tomorrow...gd luck all..

  2. Nope dint drink it! Basically the hope was that the thermite would drip onto the KNO3 and gin in the can beneath and make a nice fire, it didnt though, it just boiled so we added more stuff. In the end the fire had gone out, though it was really hot and was bubbling quite strongly by itself. Holding a daisy to it made the petals go green. I think I should stop getting distracted from revision..

  3. I was mucking around with chemicals at the weekend, and we mixed anything vaguely flammable together (stupid i know).. As far as i know, our cocktail included:

    Rust, Aluminium, gin, KNO3, Sulphur and Magnesium. Oh, and burnt matches. Can anyone shed any light on why it loads of ammonia was evolved?!

    I know that the test for nitrates uses aluminium and generates ammonia, but this requires NaOH, which i didn't add. My only other thought is that KOH from the burnt matches did it instead, but i dont know if this is possible..

    Any ideas?

  4. I have been told that there are 2 strands of DNA in the helix because the complementary strand prevents mutation to the structure and makes it more stable. this makes sense, but my problem is that this suggests that only one strand codes for anything. My teachers said the DNA is read from the 5' end to the 3' end (or vice versa?), and so it cannot read the DNA on the other side, but surely, if the whole molecule is turned through 180 degrees, the complementary bases can be read? And if not, is there a marker which signifies the strand to be read?

    They also said that DNA can only be read from a promoter sequence, but surely these can exist in the other strand?

    I'd really appreiciate it if someone could answer this. It's probably badly written, so i hope you know what i mean!

  5. My intrigue into Uv stuff took me to ebay to find a cheap UV tube....


    I found a bid for 40!!! 9" Uv tubes, and i managed to get them for, wait for it.......... £7.50!! Theyr working lovely, I just made tonic water blue and a few mins ago found out that they cost £10 each.. :) Just thought id share my happiness with the world!

  6. I wasn't going to use pure quinine, i did mean just using tonic water.


    Im sure the website i looked on said Vit B12, and it said that it would glow bright yellow. It could easily have been B2, which if you've never seen before is ridiculously yellow! My work experience was at a vitamin mixing factory, and i came home caked in the stuff!

  7. I've looked into how glow sticks work, but wonder if there would be any way to make edible ones using foodstuffs?..


    I know that quinine is fluorescent, and apparently so is Vit-B12 and chlorophyll, but are there any other chemicals i could use to make them?

    Also, are there any chemiluminescent reactions that could be used?

  8. Which reactions are you trying to study? The only technique for learning i can think of at the moment is how i remember the conditions for producing grignard reagents..


    GRIME :

    Grignard, Reflux, Iodine, Magnesium, Ether

  9. I was watching the RI xmas lectures yesterday (:) ), and it said that heavy nitrogen isotopes accumulate in animals, wheres this does not happen so much in plants. Since nitrogen isotopes behave the same chemically, and any nitrogen would have come from a primary consumer anyway, how is this possible?

  10. Im doing psychology and at the moment we're studying education. There are loads of studies on Race, gender and other differences in people which seem to be related to IQ. As much as I hate terminology, IQ tests can be ethnocentric, i.e. suited to certain cultures. Language to understanding the questions can also be a barrier to success. Somebody (i dont know who) showed black children fostered by white parents have comparable IQ to white children fostered by white parents. This suggests that intelligence is possibly not inherited.

  11. I think some of Freud's stuff is great, what i have read about boys trying to internalise a male role model, and thus rejecting the female teachers' behaviours and values in schools is great, although it is clearly not scientific and entirely untestable. Some of it does seem to follow though.

  12. Hypothesis:

    There is a relationship between the depth of soil on a pingo on foulden common and the species diversity supported by it.


    (A pingo is a small hill)


    The profile of the pingo was divided into 8 height zones, the occurences of each species recorded at each one of them, and then sdi values calculated. 9 soil samples were taken to estimate the mean water content of the soil at each height zone.

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