Monthly Archives: October 2019

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A blog about life...literally

Winged Wednesday – You Thought They’d All Be Animals!

Javan cucumber (Alsomitra macrocarpa)Image from Wikimedia Commons Alsomitra macrocarpa or Javan cucumber is a gourd-bearing liane, belonging to the pumpkin family from the tropical Asian forests of the Malay Archipelago and the Indonesian islands. Alsomitra is a genus of 12 … Keep Reading

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Cutting the Brakes

A recent discovery is shaking up how scientists study proteins – and it’s all due to mice. Most mice already travel impressive distances; they have been observed to travel over 10 kilometers in one night on an exercise wheel. However, … Keep Reading

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One Click Away From a New Organ

Image from Wikimedia Commons Imagine discovering that your kidneys are not functioning properly, and it is detrimental to receive a transplant as soon as possible. Instead of entering your name onto the dreadful organ donor waiting list, you can simply … Keep Reading

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Cancer Gets Karma

According to the National Cancer Institute In 2018 alone, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people died from the disease. Cancer affects people from all walks of life. For years, scientists … Keep Reading

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Mammal Monday – The “Sea Canaries”

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this fascinating species here.

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Selective Membrane’s Selectivity

Take a deep breath. And exhale. You may not realize it, but millions of cells in your body just recognized the presence of oxygen and controlled the absorption and internal distribution of O2. One such example of the distribution is … Keep Reading

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Frog Friday – Frog…fish?

New Guinean Frogfish (Antennatus dorehensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons

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Climate Change on Ecosystems

Earth’s polar caps quickly losing ice. Coral reefs bleaching to a chalky white. Stronger storms devastating islands and cities, claiming lives and destroying homes. Those aren’t claims of what our world faces in a warmer future. Those climate change impacts … Keep Reading

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New Protein Discovered in Plants That Protects from Excess Light

Image from Wikimedia Commons We know that plants require light in order to survive, but did you know there is such a thing as too much light in plants? Researchers at UCSF have recently discovered a protein in plant cells … Keep Reading

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The Effects of Viruses on DNA

Deoxyribose nucleic acid, or simply DNA, contains every genome that makes up an organism. However, out of the 3 billion nucleotides of the human genome, only 1.5% of the sequence forms the 20,000 genes that code for proteins. Retroviruses, which … Keep Reading

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Winged Wednesday – Dancing Donacobius

Black-capped Donacobius (Donacobius atricapilla)Image from Wikimedia Commons Shake your tail feathers!

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Unlocking Your “Inner Salamander”

For years, elderly, ex sports players, and millions of people around the world are suffering from osteoarthritis. Many people deal with the pain and go through physical therapy, stretching, and a variety of pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, Corticosteroids, and Hyaluronic … Keep Reading

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Limb Regeneration in Appalachian Salamanders in Response to Climate Change

Image from Wikimedia Commons Several different kinds of species on our planet have incredible capabilities that allow them to adjust and evolve to remain suitable for specific environments and conditions. One such species is the Appalachian Salamander. These amphibians have … Keep Reading

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Mammal Monday – What DOES the Fox Say?!?!

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)Image from Wikimedia Commons Find the answer to this most pertinent question here.

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Mammal Monday – The American Bison

American Bison (Bison bison)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.

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