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Black worm Experiment

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Emma Steele

on 5 April 2017

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Transcript of Black worm Experiment

On top of the increase in activity, according to a past studies by several American Journals, diet pills have been known to, over time, cause:
Valvular Heart Diseases (AHJ)
Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum (AJRCCM)
Cardiac Arrest, in severe cases (AJEM)
The Chemicals
In our experiment, we used:
Diet Pills: A well known drug that is a stimulant. This means that it increases the general activity and metabolism of the recipient.
Red Bull: A popular energy drink that is loaded with aggressive amounts of sugar, caffeine, and various energy boosting B Vitamins. Often taken to increase a person's energy or keep them awake for unnatural amounts of time.
Red Bull and Humans
Diet Pills and Humans
Black Worms After Diet Pills
Black Worms Before Exposure
Before we exposed any of the black worms to red bull or diet pills, they were acting moderately active (squirming around) but relatively calm. The batch that was used for the diet pill solution had an average heart rate of around 8, while the batch of black worms used for the red bull experiment had an average resting heart rate of around 15.
Red Bull and Black Worms
After the black worm was exposed to red bull, their whole body started to twitch and seize. This physical reaction was heavily in the head and tail, and was very quick and erratic. Their heart rate was at least close to doubling and twice even surpassed that.
Conclusion
Our initial hypothesis was deemed correct, and the cardiac rate of a black worm generally did increase with the addition of diet pill solution or red bull to their environments. In addition, we learned what other visible reactions these substances elicited from the worms, such as twitching and seizing.
Possible Future Tests
While we're not sure how testable this would be, some ideas we have in the future for this would be:
Do these substances always kill the black worm?
What in these substances is causing such an extreme reaction?
Past Research
Our Research
In the Future...
Black worm Experiment
Red Bull Data
References
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1346897485?pq-origsite=summon
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002870302002326
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1030820794?pq-origsite=summon
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&u=lom_gvalleysu&id=GALE%7CA462273212&v=2.1&it=r&sid=summon&authCount=1
According to a study by the International Journal of Endocrinology, Red Bull has been known to substantially increase a healthy young adult's:
arterial blood pressure
heart rate
blood glucose levels
levels of certain hormones (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) in the blood
In severe cases, too much Red Bull can result in heart palpitations, cardiac arrest, and extremely erratic behavior.
After exposure to the diet pills, all of the 5 black worm's heart rates doubled. In regards to their behavior, they began to quickly twitch their head and tails.
Our Hypothesis
Our hypothesis for the this experiment was if you add red bull or a diet pill solution to an average black worm, their heart rate will considerably increase.
Diet Pill Data
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