These are some links to my blogs. Some I write just to amuse myself and keep my website updated. They can’t be short to out of control. If you like the scientific style and would like a short or long blog for your site, contact me. We can negotiate between $20 to $30 per hour depending on the difficulty of the subject matter.
AZ Middle and High School Requirements.
These are some 2016 State of Arizona science requirements.
Sense of Smell is a blog on the sense of smell. It starts with a fictitious story of a middle school boy experiencing some powerful memories and physical symptoms in response to some strong odors. I started by asking questions and gave them glimpses of answers that they will not be able to understand in full until at least college. This may be a work in progress to get kids to see wonder in the world about them without thinking that they have to memorize all of the details now.
Chromosomes is a page based on teaching high school kids about non coding region of DNA, how large chromosomes and so on. The state of AZ seemed kind of obsessed with tyrosinase, and enzyme involved in the synthesis of melanin. I was shocked to learn that the “anti-sense” complement of this gene codes for a completely different protein. This page is a how to for students to explore their own gene of choice.
Color vision is about color vision, the sense of site and how blue light controls things far beyond the “memories” that the State of AZ wants middle school kids to be aware of. The interesting thing that middle school kids might want to learn on their on is how blue blocking amber filters might decrease the time it takes to fall asleep when they play with their cell phones before going to bed.
Merkel Cells is about the sense of touch. I’ve included an animation of sorts for special education kids.
Leptin and Sleep is more of a continuing education piece rather than any education requirement for middle and high school kids. This piece is about obesity associated sleep apnea, leptin resistance, and the ventilation response to apoxia.
Cheap Multi-spectral imaging is based on a hobby of mine and what I encountered when some middle school kids were taking their science assessment examination in Fall of 2019. This device cost me less than $20 to build. It also taught me how much I do not know.
AZscienceLS2_matter is about a science requirement of the same name. Plants take energy from the sun to fix carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and fats. we animals burn these compounds for energy. I thought some of the wording was technically inaccurate. I made a simple video to prepare middle and high school kids for memorizing metabolic pathways in college.
Pea protein is a rant plain and simple at a dietary supplement company that refused to pay me for research collected on pea protein that they sell. My impression that the Chinese produced pea protein that the fools at Bulk Supplements sell has had the sulfur amino acid rich proteins removed in the processing. Oh well. The Chinese farmers can use this fraction of pea proteins (removed from what the sell to the Bulk Supplements) to bulk up the muscles of their chickens and pigs.
What is moringa? addresses some of the local buzz about moringa. It turns out that both the seeds and the leaves have food value. Consuming the leaves comes with the same caveats as consuming grapefruit: moringa leaves may interfere with drug metabolism.
China berry powder for mosquito control Another blog inspired by mosquitoes where I live. It was also inspired by chinaberry trees where I live. South Africans actually use china berry tree extracts for mosquito control.
A brew for appetite control ?
NDGA and diet induced obesity describes a compound found in the creosote bush in Tucson. A Tucson based company sells the extract. I thought consumers might want to understand the science.
Natural mosquito repellent is a run down on scientific studies of essential oils in Aunt Fannie’s mosquito repellent.
Terpenes in Now_n’_Later strain of cannabis is a run down on scientific studies of terpenes. Do these studies support the claims of Now n’ Later? They do, sort of.
Stevia serratia for pain? This was inspired by refugees coming to the U.S. from Guatemala. Our opioid issues are giving some of them reason to flee their homeland. Could they also have some local herb alternative? Stevia serratia grows in Arizona too.
Pecan Nut Shell Extract This blog was inspired by many Brazilian papers. I’ve tried this stuff. It is pretty good. There’s a company in Georgia that sells it too.
Elevacity Coffee Mood enhancing coffee sounds like a good idea. I just want them to be more honest about what is in it for those allergic to tree nuts.
Wheat and rye alkylresorcinols I did some consulting work that introduced me to compounds called alkyl resorcinols. Perhaps an extract would make a good dietary supplement for those with type 2 diabetes.
peppermint oil for bowel syndromes This blog was inspired by a massage therapist who claimed that peppermint alleviates pain. I hit the scientific literature and learned some more things it does.
CB1 receptors and hair growth This blog was inspired by some consulting work I did on CB1 receptor partial agonists, inverse agonists, antagonists, etc.
Ganaderma lucidium polysaccharides is a follow up on the first blog.
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Ganoderma lucidium tea was inspired by some local mushroomers who recommended this tea for me to drink for medicinal purposes. Not until I know what is in it!
A brew for appetite control? We need the right bacteria in our guts producing short chain fatty acids. Couldn’t we just drink such a brew for moments of need?
Some of these blogs came from my consulting work for NanoPec.com, a Tucson based company.
unwanted membrane particles in filtration This is another blog written for NanoPec.com.
Filtering of therapeutic antibodies This is something I wrote for a company I did consulting work for. I think it would look nicer as a blog on NanoPec.com’s website.
novel pancreatic cancer treatment is something I wrote describing a compound that binds to cancer related sequences in DNA. A University of Arizona professor caome up with compound.
FGF21 and NASH describes an antibody therapy undergoing clinical trials in Tucson and Phoenix to treat non alcoholic Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis. This blog relived by days of writing content for Ignyta clinical trials.
These blogs were inspired by a local Tucson company.
Aluminum metaphosphate has been used in scintillation glass to detect ionizing X-ray radiation.
Barium metaphosphate describes use of barium metaphosphate to favor glass versus crystal formation n fluoride glasses.
F doped ZnO is an exploration of doping zinc oxide thin films with floride anions as a way of replacing ITO printed on glass surfaces.
Argyrodite is about a lithium germanium sulfide that is being explored as a solid electrolyte in lithium ion batteries.
Elementary Algebra was written in response to the way that simple algebra was being introduced to some antsy 5th graders right after lunch. Special education high school kids are also being introduced to very simple algebra as I learned from my substitute work with Express Professionals.
matrix multiplication was written for a student was having issues understanding matrix multiplication. What amazed me was how hard it was to find information on how to do matrix multiplication in the adult world, i.e. spread sheets.