May 2009

It is always interesting for students to link a section of the syllabus with a real life application.
In the french blog from journalist Valérie Bord we learn that 80% of all medical isotopes used around the world are produced by just two nuclear reactors.
One is installed in Canada and the other one is in The Netherlands.
The problem is that those two reactors are getting old: the first reactor was built in 1945, and the other one in 1961. The prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, decided in 2008 to abandon the maintenance of the reactor leaving the world with little option but to replace it.

It is worthwhile to point out to the students the importance of those nuclear reactors  that are producing medical isotopes as opposed to electricity.

Here is a nice post on the blog of Bob LeDrew on the same issue with an interesting point of view from Dr. William Leiss including a possible solution.

Ever had that crazy dream of actually being able to interact with other users who are surfing at the same time as you on the same web page?
It’s now possible.

I found this software from the company weblin. After you have created an account and installed the software on your computer, you select a character that will represent you and every time you surf on the Internet, you will see at the bottom of your screen a figurine representing you.

Now if someone is on the same web page as you while you’re surfing, you can engage in a conversation.

If you decide that you don’t want to be visible to the other users anymore, a simple right click on Weblin will do.

Give it a try.

I received a comment  on my blog! Here is my answer to her question. Please feel free to add more resources.

We are getting more and more IB Biology textbooks on the market and maybe it would be a good thing to make a check list starting with the best ones:

#1: Biology for the IB Diploma, by  C. J. Clegg, Hodder Education

Based on the new syllabus.

#2: Biology 7th Edition, by Campbell and Reece,  Pearson

More than a textbook.

#3: Biology for the IB Diploma 2e edition, Andrew Allot, Oxford University Press

An excellent IB Biology study guide.

#4: Biology by Rita Ghalayini.

She has everything.

#5:  Senior Biology 1 and 2, Biozone.

Nice diagrams, and a lot a questions to prepare students for Paper 2.

Wiki books

IB Biology Review Guide

Textbooks online

Human anatomy


Take care

A book was published this week by a Danish doctor who claims that Napoleon died of kidney complications.
Always nice to insert a bit of relevant history in section 11.3 The kidney?!

“Napoleons nyrer”
by Arne Soerensen

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