Monthly Archives: September 2019

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A blog about life...literally

Antibiotics May Be Risky

Everyone has taken antibiotics when they were sick due to some bacterial infection. Antibiotics are helpful in killing the bacteria and curing the body. Bacteria is a prokaryotic cell, which means that it has no nucleus, and they can cause … Keep Reading

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Mammal Monday – “That’s One Fat Squirrel!”

American Beaver (Castor canadensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons My daughter and I were tagging monarch butterflies one Fall when she spotted what she thought was a squirrel. As we moved in for a closer look, we realized we were actually looking … Keep Reading

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Plastic-eating “Mutant” Enzymes

Plastic waste on a beach in Malaysia Image from Wikimedia Commons The negative impact that humanity has on the environment is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and most difficult problems society is facing right now. The clean-up of … Keep Reading

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Recreating Ancient Enzymes

Recently, researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered the existence of an ancient enzyme that is able to function even under harsh conditions, like extremely light temperatures, almost 60 degrees Celsius. This can potentially change the pharmaceutical industry for … Keep Reading

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Frog Friday – Spot the Spots of the Spotted Toad

Red-Spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the Red-spotted Toad

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Power Over Peanut Proteins?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Nearly everyone knows someone with food allergies, whether they are a friend who carefully avoids peanuts to prevent a life-threatening reaction, or a family member who experiences mild irritations upon consuming shellfish, if we ourselves are … Keep Reading

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Winged Wednesday – Hawkeye

Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? The shriek of the red-tailed hawk is often heard in movies, TV shows, and commercials whenever the sound effect artist wants to convey the idea that someone is lost in … Keep Reading

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The Start Of Being Able To Go Nuts!

Allergies are an issue that many people struggle with daily, and as peanut allergies have tripled from 1997 to 2008 there is a push to find a way to either stop or prevent reactions. There are plenty of ways to … Keep Reading

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Needle-Free Flu Vaccine Skin Patch

Image from Wikimedia Commons Scientists recently discovered that a new type of skin patch could replace needles as a method of flu vaccination. When they tested the skin patch on mice, it resulted in an appropriate immune response without any … Keep Reading

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Mammal Monday – Now THAT’S Big!

Paraceratherium – the largest known land mammal to ever existImages from Wikimedia Commons

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Frog Friday – Fascinating Freezing Frogs

Intrigued by Mr. Mohn’s reference in class to a frog that hibernated during the winter by allowing itself to freeze, I decided to look further into this creature. This frog is known as the Wood Frog. It is found across … Keep Reading

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Unit 2 Review Videos

Mr. Andersen is back with a set of review videos about cell structure and function, the major topic of Unit 2. These videos emphasize the details you need to know about cellular structures and their functions. Check out Mr. Andersen’s … Keep Reading

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“A Tour of the Cell”

There are several resources available for you to use as you complete the Study Sheet for “A Tour of the Cell.” This post is intended to help you locate and utilize those resources.

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To Our Fuzzy, Striped, Six-Legged Friends

Our descendants may be forced to live without apple pie, garlic bread, peach cobbler, strawberry Pop-tarts, or sunflower field Instagram pictures. They may never know autumn in the ways we do in 2019; pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin seeds. … Keep Reading

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