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Peer review enables us to focus our case on what we really wish to emphasize.


For close-up views of fibers, see:

FiberSamples (version 2) Sheet1

Stumbled across this site again last night and thought I’d share it before I forgot:

Welcome to the Molecular Expressions website featuring our acclaimed photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy. We are going where no microscope has gone before by offering one of the Web’s largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as “photo-micro-graphs”).

Try out the virtual QX3 and other scopes as well.


Wonderful images including some fibers!

There are other virtual tools including electrophoresis:

Design cases for students to:

Generate solutions to complex problems already conceived; solve a problem of one’s own generation


Generate hypotheses; develop one’s own hypothesis and test


Explain relationships in a system; define relationships in new systems


Explain different points of view; support one’s own point of view


Rank with justification; justify, recommend


Infer; generalize


Predict; generate


Analyze; evaluate, assess

With open ended laboratory activities or project work with minimal teacher supervision (teacher interjections or interruptions count as teacher intervention/supervision)

Cotton consumption Stats

1. A green theme: Waste vegetable oil (including cottonseed oil) from restaurants is used to run converted diesel engines

Stagecoach 2010: Of beignets, Sugarland and pork butt | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times

2. A Rachel Carson historical connection: Pesticides in cottonseed oil….there’s not much data about bioaccumulation or biomagnification (maybe I haven’t found it yet)


Cottonseed oil – toxicity, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

3. Obesity Epidemic: Dietary lipid investigation


Book review to the book “The Queen of Fats”:

4. Birth Control — Gossypol

5. Sustainable clothing/Fabric recyclying – Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle

Water | Levi Strauss & Co.

6. 88% of US cotton production is GM

GM Cotton

GM food ‘already’ on table, courtesy cottonseed oil
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

“Cottonseed is known to increase the milk yield. But ever since Bt cotton, milk yield and fat content of milking animals has come down by 20-30 per cent. Farmers, who have traditionally been feeding their animals cottonseed cakes, have the experience to make a correlation and have now gone on to other supplements for their animals,” they say. India approved the GM cotton engineered with a bacterial gene to resist an insect in 2002.

7. Cotton boom for oil spill clean up

Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Deepwater Horizon Response

Home | The Smithsonian Institution: The Ocean Portal

Oil spill resources

More oil spill resources

8. Coatings on cotton

Flame Retardant Behavior of Polyelectrolyte?Clay Thin Film Assemblies on Cotton Fabric – ACS Nano (ACS Publications)

The touch, the feel and now the heal of cotton

development of in-vitro adhesion test for chitosan bandages

cotton study: Albumin binding and its effect on elastase activity in the chronic non-healing wound

9. Animal Feed

Let us know what you found that is related to the case questions you generated this morning. Thanks!

Here’s a link to ponder pollen with!  (It’s a month’s summary of pollen by Owen Mundy, artist.)

Miss all of you as my day starts out so quiet here in cooool Minneapolis!