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  • The Orchid Grower - A Juvenile Forensic Science Adventure Novel

    The Orchid Grower
    A Juvenile Science Adventure Novel about Orchids and Genetic Engineering
    Which roofing material and color offers the best energy efficiency? Challange: a new roofing material that changes colour based on temperature? [P]
    Find out if the colour of a house affects the temperature inside the house in different environments and which colour absorbs more or less heat. [P]
    To determine whether bean plants, chives, or mint leaves will most suitable in a green roof. [P]
    Which type of wood resist mold growth the best: redwood, pine wood, or white wood? [E]
    Find how colors represented by a CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) model reflects light. [E]
    How changing the contrast of a digital photo will change the colors and quality of the printed image. [E]
    Investigate the relationship between the number of bits in a digital image and the number of colors and file size of the image. [E]
    Investigate how different color profiles combine colors to produce an image. [E]
    Does the Color of Your House Affect the Temperature Inside? [E]
    Can the Color of Your House Reduce Your Energy Bill? [E]
    Long and Short Wavelength Colors: Will They Balance Out Interior and Exterior Temperature and Insulation Rate? [E]
    Green Building
    P=Project   E=Experiment   C=Circuit
    A novel colorimeter constructed from brightness-controlled LEDs, phototransistors, and a microcontroller that interfaces with a computer. [P]
    Color Mixing with Red, Green, & Blue LEDs [E]
    Color Mixing with Red, Green, & Blue LEDs [E]
    Build a color sensor [E]
    Infra Red (IR) Remote Control Tester [C]
    Build an Audio Light Modulator / Colored Organ (1 bulb) [C]
    Build an Audio Light Modulator / Colored Organ (2 bulbs) [C]
    Build an Audio Light Modulator [C]
    Infra Red (IR) Links [C] [C]
    Infra Red Switch [C]
    Infra Red Remote Control Extender [C] [C] [C] [C]
    Food Sciences
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Use gel electrophoresis to investigate food dyes used in candies [E]
    Will yellow corn kernels pop more than white? [E]
    Use paper chromatography to see which dyes are used in the coatings of your favorite colored candies. [E]
    A simple statistical analysis of the frequency of colors of M&M's in a bag [E]
    The Effectiveness of Various Preservatives on the Color of Applesauce [P]
    Determine spectrophotometrically how much food coloring is in soda pop and Kool-Aid. [E]
    Determine what color bell pepper (red, yellow, green) contains the greatest amount of vitamin C concentrate. [E]
    Which amount of carbon will best decolorize apple juice? [P]
    What is the effect of the hydrogen ion concentration on the colorants of foods? [P]
    Investigate how hydrogen-peroxide based hair treatments change the color of human hair. [E]
    The effects of a highlighting solution on various colors of hair [E]
    Which shampoo for dyed hair keeps hair color from fading? [P]
    Which color hair lightens fastest under the sun and under an ultraviolet bulb? [E]
    Thin-layer chromatography vs. spectroscopy: analysis techniques of color identification in cosmetics [E]
    Earth Sciences
    Determine if it is possible to predict the size of a geode's crystals and its inside color from its texture and color on the outside. [E]
    Test if soil color can be used to evaluate the moisture content of the soil. [E]
    Identify the texture, depth, color, structure, moisture, presence of rocks, roots and free carbonates in your neighborhood. [E]
    See how weather causes and affects the sunrises and sunsets. [E]
    Colour Image Edge Detection Using Clifford Algebra [P]
    Determine if tests printed on colored paper would affect math test scores. [P]
    The effects of color on the brain's ability to complete mathematical and logical problems. [P]
    Renewable & Solar Energy
    Does the Color of Light and the Temperature of Solar Panels Improve the Efficiency? [E]
    How Do Different Natural Dyes Affect the Longevity and Power Output of Nanocrystalline Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells? [E]
    Solar power harvesting using fruit dye solar cells [P]
    See if green algae can be tricked into producing H(2) via photosynthesis and the optimal conditions for maximum production. [E]
    Produce Cellobiose Dehydrogenase from fungi Trametes versicolor in a exogenous expression system, either in E.coli or in transgenic tobacco plants. The recombinant CDH obtained from this project could be used in a cellulase cocktails to more efficiently degrade lignocellulose materials. [P]
    Determine if dye-sensitized solar cells that implement berry pigments absorb more solar energy than dye-sensitized solar cells that implement leaf pigments. [E]
    Light effects - intensity, wavelength (color), angle of radiation - on the energy developed by a solar panel (photovoltaic cell). [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [P] [P]
    Forensic Science
    Investigate how temperature affects the blue glow created by the chemical luminol. [E]
    Compare two colors (monochrome and contrast) and see which one is better for iris pattern analysis. [E]
    Find if adding a substance during the cyanoacrylate fuming process will make a latent print appear in color. [E]
    Find out if adding color in a liquid form during fuming would enhance the visibility of latent prints using the Superglue or Cyanoacrylate Fuming Method. [P]
    Discover if oil in Purple Sage leaves is allelopathic and whether it inhibits the germination of the California Poppy or Fennel the most drastically. [E]
    The Effects of Different Colored Lights on Algal Oxygen Production [E]
    Environmental Sciences
    Use a Color-based Test to Measure the Concentration of Iron in Water [E]
    Inducing Anaerobic Conditions for Hydrogen Production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (a single celled green alga) [E]
    Try to reduce the amount of phosphate and nitrate in water in order to reduce the amount of blue green algae blooms. [E]
    The Effects of Environmental Nitrite Levels on the Reproductive Success of Purple Sea Urchins [E]
    Greenhouse Effect & Greenhouse Gases
    Use the patterns of fur color in tortoiseshell cats to determine if X chromosomes are inactivated in a random or in an allele-dependent manner. [E]
    Using a Punnett square to help in acheiving the desired results when breeding Polish rabbits with specific color patterns. [E]
    Understanding Color Development in Citrus [E]
    Botany (Plant and Flower Pigments and Colors)
    Why is snow white? [P]
    Dyes, Paints and Colors
    How Camouflage Affects the Predatory Behavior of the Praying Mantis [E]
    Use DNA Sequencing to Trace the Blue Whale's Evolutionary Tree [E]
    Animal Color Vision
    Behavioral Sciences / Psychology
    Behavioral Sciences & Psychology
    The Stroop Effect
    Physics of Color
    See how food coloring affects plants. [P]
    Color Perception and Vision
    Future Science
    An injection of antibodies that would react with the skin cancer cells and make a patch of blue show up on your hand. This would help diagnose skin cancer a lot quicker and easier. [P]
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