Monthly Archives: October 2013

Toucan Play That Game

A blog about life...literally

Just Sleep On It

A mouse’s cerebral cortex. Astrocytes are in yellow/red.The neurons’ cell bodies are shown in green.Image from Wikimedia Commons We have all read the countless tweets and posts of stressed students bemoaning their piles of work that are reminiscent of Mount … Keep Reading


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Fancy Fellows

Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Image from Wikimedia Commons In honor of the Kansas City Zoo’s latest exhibit, this blog is about penguins. The tuxedoed critter is more than just an animal of the arctic. There are 18, possibly 19, species of … Keep Reading


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Artificial Photosynthesis – Creating a Fuel for the Future

I would just like to take a moment to throw it back to the days when the T.V. show Phil of the Future played on the Disney Channel. One episode that I clearly remember is the one where Phil has … Keep Reading


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Tiny But Deadly

Greater Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)Image from Wikimedia Commons When imagining an octopus most of us immediately think of huge beasts with eight tentacles that ensnare their prey, or we think of Ursula from The Little Mermaid.  We don’t really picture … Keep Reading


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The American Bison

American Bison (Bison bison)Image from Wikimedia Commons The American Bison is the state animal of Kansas. The American bison is a symbol of freedom and the United States. The Bison can be found printed on the back of some nickels. … Keep Reading


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YouTube Science Video Carnival

Unless you are planning on pursuing a career in science it is unlikely that after leaving Northwest you will interact with science on a daily basis.  Or is it?  Yes, it is.  But it is less unlikely after reading this … Keep Reading


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Unit 4 Exam – Thursday, October 31st

They Might Be Giants – Photosynthesis from They Might Be Giants on Vimeo. The Unit 4 Exam will take place in class on Thursday, October 31st. The Unit 4 Guided Reading Questions, Class Notes, Unit 4 Review Videos, Fall Colors … Keep Reading


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Photosynthesis Can Make the World Greener

An article about photosynthesis and energy caught my attention. It consisted of the relevant to class topic of photosynthesis and the always relevant to everyday life topic of energy resources. In February of 2010, which is not so current but … Keep Reading


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Getting Off On The Right Paw. Or Maybe The Left Paw…

Many people, myself included, would agree that cats can have many qualities that one may expect to find in a human being, such as cleverness or curiosity; but would you ever think that a cat could be right-handed like a … Keep Reading


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Not So Different After All…

Cancer has an extremely wide scope. There are hundreds of different types, each affecting different areas and functions of the body. Even two cases of the same type of cancer may vary in causes and symptoms. This makes cancer treatment … Keep Reading


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“Happiest Animal on the Earth Goes to…”

Image from Wikimedia Commons Happiness, something most people and animals express. However, how should one determine which animal is the happiest? Well, their expression their happiness are all different. Let’s see dogs wag their tails, cats purr, birds chirp, and … Keep Reading


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What DOES the Fox Say?!?!

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)Image from Wikimedia Commons By now, we have all seen and heard the ridiculous and popular YouTube video, “What Does the Fox Say” by Ylvis, a duo of Norwegian brothers. If you haven’t, wake up and join … Keep Reading


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The Swimming Tongue

Image from Wikimedia Commons Imagine yourself tasting everything you came in contact with. You’re probably telling yourself that this isn’t possible, and you’d be correct. This case however would be quite different if you were Ictalurus punctatus or more commonly … Keep Reading


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That’s Deep, Man.

Last weekend, my family and I watched “Into the Deep,” a documentary about deep sea life, in the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station. We got comfortable in the inclined seats, and gazed up at the domed roof, projecting images … Keep Reading


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