Monthly Archives: October 2020

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A blog about life...literally

Winged Wednesday – Dancing Donacobius

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

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Outrageous Organelles

Over the course of my biology career, learning about cells has always been my favorite part. Cells are obviously very important because they make up living organisms! There are many parts to cells that all have very different functions that … Keep Reading

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Water, Water, Water

Water is such a fascinating molecule. All life on Earth began with water and living things have evolved from water over billions of years. Chapter 3 of the textbook fascinated me because I learned so much about water properties and … Keep Reading

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Fat Chance

All fats are made up of essentially the same three elements: Carbon, Oxygen, and Hydrogen. Even their structures are remarkably similar, in that each is composed of a glycerol and three fatty acid chains. The big difference? Well, it’s a … Keep Reading

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Ocean Acidification

When humans burn fossil fuels, carbon dioxide is emitted. This CO2 dissolves in seawater where it reacts with water to form carbonic acid. This process lowers the ocean’s pH and is called ocean acidification. Ocean acidification poses a great threat … 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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Genetic Disorders

I’ve always had an interest in genetic disorders or diseases. Genetics are complex and very detailed, it takes a lot to make chromosomes and genes. So, that leaves plenty of room for something to go wrong, right? There are many … Keep Reading

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The Dangers of COVID-19

In the past year, many changes have occurred in our society due to the recent outbreak of a virus called COVID-19. Schools and businesses shut down, masks are required when simply going about day to day tasks, and social distancing … Keep Reading

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A Father’s Genes Determine the Sex of a Baby

During a pregnancy, some of the most anticipated news an expecting couple wants to hear about is the gender of their new baby. Whether the baby is a boy or a girl really just depends on chance… or does it? … Keep Reading

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Frog Friday – “Fresh” Fossil Frog

Image from PLOS ONE  Read more here: Fossil Frog Still Looks Gooey After Over 34 Million Years

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Could Poop Be the Answer to Eternal Youth?

Recent studies indicate that fecal transplants might have the potential to restore cognitive function in the elderly, allowing people to have a youthful mind much longer in life. Embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system, is the enteric nervous … Keep Reading

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Increase in the “Aliens” Among Us

Not to be confused with the squishy, green, three-eyed guys from the Toy Story franchise, “aliens” are simply species non-native to their current environment. And, according to research by the German Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre ,a 36% increase … Keep Reading

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Winged Wednesday – Big Bunch of Brown Boobies

Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster)Image from Wikimedia Commons

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