Biology is the study of all living things
Biology is the study of all living things from the tiniest viruses and bacteria through to giant redwood trees and blue whales.
We will be covering all of the topics in GCSE Biology, but we have also had a little biological fun – you can find videos on mytho-zoology and biology for youngsters in our Just for Fun section.
So let’s start with one of the basic topics which drives all life on Earth in one way or another – Photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis literally means ‘making something out of light’, but in this case we are looking at the creation of glucose using light, enabled by the cholorophyl in plants. Our films will provide you with information on the basic requirements for photosynthesis before going on to look at factors affecting the process and finally focussing on the structure of the leaf and how it optimises the plant’s ability to photosynthesise. As ever, just click on the title below to link to the films:
- Introduction to Photosynthesis
- The requirements for photosynthesis and testing these in the lab
- Factors impacting the rate of photosynthesis
- The Structure of the Leaf
Digestion involves the mechanical and chemical breakdown of matter, the absorption of nutrients and water from that matter and the egestion of undigested waste material. We have covered digestion in a number of ways, looking at the process of digestion and what makes a balanced diet before taking a more fun and inventive approach to the subject in ‘Digestion News’. Click on the video links below to take a look at the wonders of Digestion.
At the NPL 2013 Christmas Lecture, we were fascinated by a presentation from Prof. Kevin Warwick about the use of electrode technology to create biological brains for robots, enhance human abilities, and reduce the effects of certain neural illnesses.
Elizabeth was lucky enough to be asked to demo a basic form of the type of technology which could be used to improve the mobility of the blind – you can see this in our ‘Cyborg’ video.