Monthly Archives: September 2017

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A blog about life...literally

Forget Me Not

With a new victim taken every 66 seconds in the United States alone, it is hard to believe that there has yet to be a cause for this mind boggling disease. Since 2000 deaths caused by Alzheimer’s disease have increased … Keep Reading


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Paul Stamets: The Hero the Earth Needs

Lurid Bolete (Boletus luridus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Paul Stamets is a mycologist, a scientist who specializes in the study of fungi. Stamets’ work in his field has been proven revolutionary in the area of environmental conservation. From using mushrooms to … Keep Reading


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Fats in Our Diets

Saturated fats, unsaturated fats, and trans-fats are important topics within American diets. With obesity rates rising in America, experts and authorities are giving advice on eating habits. The brightest minds in the world caution against eating trans-fat, and lowering the … Keep Reading


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You Are What You Eat, Literally

The saying “you are what you eat” is typically associated with dieting and getting people to eat healthier, but when you think of is as it pertains to biology the food we eat really does become a part of us. … Keep Reading


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Nanotechnology: The Future of Biology

The concept of nanotechnology is defined as the branch of technology that deals with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers and especially manipulates individual molecules. To put the size of that into perspective, the average human fingernail grows at one … Keep Reading


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Curing Paralysis? … Maybe

Due to many advancements in numerous technology, doctors and scientists have finally been able to conduct research relating to the “curing” of paralysis. They now have the ability through robots, virtual reality, implants, etc. to help paralyzed patients regain movement … Keep Reading


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The Three-Toed Sloth

It was discovered that thousands of years ago, the three-toed sloths’ ancestors could have been the size of elephants. Now it is the most endangered sloth of the four species of sloths. They live in the rainforests of South America. … Keep Reading


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The Science of Cuteness

Many of us often find ourselves gushing over videos of kittens and babies and almost everyone finds some type of fuzzy critter cute, but what exactly makes us think that? When we see something cute, what triggers those warm fuzzy … Keep Reading


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How Enzymes Affect Our Daily Lives

The study of enzyme function and structure is taught throughout biology and science classrooms across the world. Though, is enzymatic activity only limited to the organisms and organelles we learn of in class? Enzymes directly and indirectly affect our daily … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Evolution of the Boobies

Red-faced Booby (Sula sula)Image from Wikimedia Commons The 3 most well-known classifications in the Booby family, each come with their own quirks as a result of evolution. These range anywhere from bright feet to siblicide. And to think, they all … Keep Reading


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Evolutionary Jackpot

Image from Wikimedia Commons Evolution has played a large role in making the world what it is today. It was first proposed by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck through his theory of the transmutation of species, but was further explained by Charles Darwin … Keep Reading


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Mosquitoes Curing Cancer…Kind Of

Scientists have been studying and observing behaviors and characteristics of the brain since 2000 B.C. (PBS). Skulls found at pre-incan civilization sites suggest that this ancient civilization created surgical tools and survived this surgical technique called trepanation, which is a … Keep Reading


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Stem Cells

Stem cells are cells that can potentially transform into many different kinds of cells. The cells are created in a lab and can be synthesized for use in a living organism. Stem cells can be used for repairing damaged tissue, … Keep Reading


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Ev o l uti on; Filling the Gaps in the Theory

The statement “we all come from a common ancestor” can be taken in many different ways. For most religions, this statement references Adam and Eve. Those who don’t think too far into the history of our world might take this … Keep Reading


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“Hungry Hungry Harvey”

During most hurricanes people tend to think ‘why is this happening’ not ‘how is this happening?’ With the popular hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there’s a scientific reasoning for why these events are occurring. When a hurricane is forming there must … Keep Reading


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