Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Pyramidal Growth Syndrome in Tortoises

When one thinks of a tortoise, they generally think of an animal with a rounded shell. However, not all shells are rounded. Some environmental factors can lead to a pyramidal shape of the shell. This condition is called Pyramid Growth … Keep Reading

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Brain Cancer Solved!

A study in the University of Stanford takes a huge leap in cancer research by stopping the spread of a brain tumor. In this study, a  team of NIH-funded scientists found that this discovery cuts off a brain tumor’s access … Keep Reading

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Fuel from Algae

The idea of using organic materials to power the vehicles of tomorrow is one that has environment researchers busy. Many people have heard of biofuels, but what many people don’t know is that the use organic fuel has been around … Keep Reading

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Can Cells Tell Time?

In a recent study performed by Dr. Alexandra Zidovska, Fnag-Yi Chu, and Shannon Haley at New York University, it was discovered that a cell’s nucleus can be used to determine what stage a cell is at in its cell cycle. … Keep Reading

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Wind Energy

Alternative energy defined by the google definition is energy generated in ways that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment especially by avoiding the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power. We need alternative energy because of climate … Keep Reading

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E-cigarettes Are a Gateway to More Smoking

Image from Wikimedia Commons Imagine driving into a parking lot at Quiktrip wanting to buy a blue raspberry slush, you see someone parked next to you. You glance at the person, who is no more than 18 years old, inhaling … Keep Reading

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The Theory of a Cancer Cell

We’ve covered many different topics this year in AP Biology, one of the more recent subjects has been cellular respiration. One topic that hasn’t been covered is the effects of different diseases on the process. The research done on cancer, … Keep Reading

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The Modern Science of the Split Brain

Image from Wikimedia Commons Scientists and doctors alike, have been working for decades to fully understand the effects of having the Corpus Callosum severed. The Corpus Callosum relays messages between the two hemispheres of the brain, when severed, the two … Keep Reading

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Amplifying the Little Details

Over the past four decades, since the invention of the electron microscope, advances have been made to bring us closer to the structures of macromolecules. In fact, the Nobel Prize was given this month on October 4th, 2017 in Sweden … Keep Reading

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GMOs: Pros and Cons

A recent topic covered in AP Biology was how wasteful the process of photorespiration is. Photorespiration is the process that plants endure when trying to stop water from evaporating during the day, and it does the opposite of what photosynthesis … Keep Reading

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Sweet News!

“Sweets are bad for you”, your parents repeatedly cry as you guiltily munch on the remaining Halloween chocolate candy you scavenged last night. Well let me tell you, the good news is – you don’t have to completely cut chocolate … Keep Reading

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