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Month: October 2016

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

Origins of Life: Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?
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LearnSmart Labs for Microbiology

LearnSmart Labs for Microbiology

LearnSmart Labs takes students through three phases of scientific learning – Preparation, Enhancement and Simulation – to quickly and efficiently identify and close knowledge gaps before immersing students in hands-on, outcome-based lab simulations that let them develop, test and revise their own hypotheses. What’s inside LearnSmart Labs? Here are all the topics covered in our revolutionary outcome-based simulation: LAB SAFETY: Hand Washing Procedure, Personal Safety Proper Disposal of Materials. ICROSCOPY MICROBIOLOGY: Brightfield Microscopy Survey of Microorganisms. ASEPTIC TECHNIQUE: Ubiquity of Bacteria Transfer from broth to broth Transfer from broth to slant Transfer from broth to agar plate. ISOLATION METHODS: Streak-Plate Method Pour-Plate Method Subculturing Techniques Diluting and Plating Procedure Counting and Calculations Determination of Growth by Absorbance. STAINING: Smear Preparation: Liquid media Smear Preparation: Solid media Gram staining, Acid fast staining, Simple Staining Negative Staining Capsular Staining, Spore Staining. SCIENTIFIC METHOD: Science in Action: Pillbugs Science in theory: LabSmart’s 4 Phases. METRIC MEASUREMENTS: Length Weight Volume Temperature. CELL ANATOMY: Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells: Plant & Animal Cell Structure. CELLULAR RESPIRATION: Yeast Fermentation, Cellular Respiration. HOW ENZYMES FUNCTION: Activity Concentration Temperature pH. BLOOD: Blood Smear and Differential White Cell Count, Blood Testing – Hematocrit, Blood Testing – Hemoglobin Content Blood Typing – ABO and Rh. IDENTIFICATION OF UNKNOWN BACTERIA: Establish the identity of five different bacteria based on nine different tests. DNA BIOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY: Isolation of DNA, Gel Electrophoresis, DNA & RNA Structure & Function. MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY: Identification of several different unknowns.

What is LearnSmart?
LearnSmart is a digital adaptive learning platform that guides you through your course efficiently by prioritizing the important material. As you read your book, it helps you understand the topics you know, and then shows you what you still need to learn. It’ll ask you some questions to help you identify gaps, and prompt you to re-learn them.
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