Monthly Archives: December 2016

Toucan Play That Game

A blog about life...literally

I’ve Got the (Hypnotic) Power

Hypnosis is one of the most mysterious concepts in the world and people have been known to act out what the hypnotist says instead of really being hypnotized. Hypnosis started in the 18th century in India and China, but eventually … Keep Reading


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Is There Talk in Your Corn Stalk?

Across the U.S. corn is the leading grain product. Over 350 million tons of corn are harvested yearly. Corn is used in a multitude of food and industrial processes ranging anywhere in sweeteners, oils, alcohol, and to food. But what … Keep Reading


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Ibrance – Targeting Breast Cancer

Advanced cases of Cancer are very difficult to treat but sometimes do-able. The alternative answer would be to slow the progression rate; A new drug palbociclib (Ibrance), was recently approved in the US. This drug targets advanced cases of ER-positive … Keep Reading


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This Chapter Was…

Chapter 14 covers Mendel and the Gene Idea. This topic is extremely relevant today and is seen in everyday life. Every organism has genes and a parent or parents who gave them those genes. In humans, genetics make each human … Keep Reading


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AP Biology Final Exam

The final exam for the fall semester will take place in class starting this upcoming Wednesday. The 3rd hour final will be from 7:45-9:05 on Monday, December 19th. The 6th hour final will be from 7:45-9:05 on Tuesday, December 20th. … Keep Reading


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The Quality of Life in Down-Syndrome Patients

Trisomy 21, also known as down-syndrome, is a genetic disorder in which a third copy of chromosome 21 is present. The disorder involves physical growth delays as well as distinct facial features. Young adults with down-syndrome have an average IQ … Keep Reading


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Is Music a Natural Pre-Workout?

Listening to music while exercising has turned into commonplace in today’s society. Joggers and runners can use I-Pods and other sources of portable music to listen while they are exercising. Many have claimed that music helps them exercise harder and … Keep Reading


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Alcohol and Teens

High School and College are some of the most enjoyed and cherished times an individual may have, a place where lifelong friendships are made and a place where people feel belonging and comfort. But these years in an individuals life … Keep Reading


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The Harmful Effects of a Gasoline Powered Car

Since the creation of the automobile followed by the invention of the gasoline-powered automobile in 1886, traveling has been made easier, cheaper, and more reliable. Today, the majority of the world uses the same type of car as the ones … Keep Reading


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Is There Talk in Your Corn Stalk?

Across the U.S. corn is the leading grain product. Over 350 million tons of corn are harvested yearly. Corn is used in a multitude of food and industrial processes ranging anywhere in sweeteners, oils, alcohol, and to food. But what … Keep Reading


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Crucial immune system proteins are not entirely supportive of the body when dealing with certain viruses, as three new studies find. Some viruses, such as the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, or LCMV, used on mice in all three studies, result in … Keep Reading


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What is Grass Fed and Why Should I Care?

Grass fed beef is claimed to be “better” than corn fed beef, but why? Due to the industrialization of the agriculture business, corn fed animals have become more common because corn fattens the animal faster, increases efficiency and overall costs … Keep Reading


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From Flowers to Fighters: A Modern Day Introspection on the Power of Stem Cells

Stem cells are often overlooked in our day to day life, they help us replenish and fix damaged or missing cells within our body day in and day out. So why not pay more attention to them? In order to … Keep Reading


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Does Societal Status Improve Health?

In a recent study done by Duke University, researchers found that in Rhesus monkey’s health became improved depending on the social status of the various monkeys. Many other studies have been done that have concluded that social status can improve … Keep Reading


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Wait, Climate Change is Real?

A wise man once said, “I don’t believe in climate change.” Unfortunately for the inhabitants of planet Earth, however, beliefs are sometimes disproved by facts. Sorry, wise man.


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