Category Archives: ICT in Science Class
It is a protein-folding game/simulation, designed and produced collaboratively between the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering and Biochemistry departments. There is a great introduction to the roles of proteins in metabolism and disease, as well as protein folding, on their about page.
Apart from the great software and in-game tutorials in protein structures, players at the highest level may be contributing to medicine! The University and associated labs are setting problems of protein folding for players to solve – each one an important molecule in its own right and some even the key to curing some diseases.
There is a great article about the game on RichardDawkins.net: ‘Computer game’s high score could earn the Nobel prize in medicine.’ There’s even a classic quote from co-developer Prof. David Baker:
“I imagine that there’s a 12-year-old in Indonesia who can see all this in their head.”
Too right. Let’s represent for Indonesia!
Download the game here and get playing!
Get on and have a go!
It is produced by Learner.org, a huge and excellent resource for all Science topics (and other subjects, too).
Sea turtles make huge journeys across the Pacific, to and from egg-laying sites. Turtles laying eggs in Indonesia paddle (and use currents) all the way to California to forage for jellyfish, and leatherbacks from Costa Rica travel right down to the south Pacific.
Some researchers have been using GPS technology to track migrations to see if their route is the same each year:
There is even an annual event called The Great Turtle Race (this year is the second – The Olympiad!)
And, of course, there is a facebook group devoted to the race.
This is all organised by the leatherback trust.
Just how big is the Universe? The Hubble telescope helped us find out…
Some more space resources:
YourSky – excellent star map that lets you control many variables and print.
Lots of good FAQs from Stardate
Deepsky2003 starmap plotting software
What are you doing working?
Go over there and waste some time! (Joking)
This site has some interesting human anatomy and physiology tutorials and animations, though it’s impossible to save them.
You’ll need a decent internet connection to run them.
Download it here: absorption-of-digested-foods.ppt
Virtual Fetal Pig dissection (digestive system) from Whitman
Zooming in – Intestine to epithelial cells (with comedy Lancashire accent) from UCLan’s Sonic Nursing project
Lots of digestion and absorption animations from Nutrition.jbpub.com
JD and Turk telling us how poo is used for diagnosis: