Monthly Archives: November 2020

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A blog about life...literally

The Key to your Heart Attack

Chest pain or discomfort, upper body discomfort, and shortness of breath all collectively suggest a heart attack; if not treated quickly, one could die. According to the data from the American Heart Association, during the years from 2005 to 2014, … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Toad-ally!

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? The cane toad is considered a pest in many of its introduced regions, particularly Australasia. Of particular concern with this invasive species is that its skin is toxic. Many native … Keep Reading


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Potential Cure Stems From a Special Kind of Cell

One of the most remarkable properties of the human brain is its plasticity, or its ability to adapt and repair itself from damage caused by disease or trauma. However, as humans age, the brain’s capacity for self-repair deteriorates. Some of … Keep Reading


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Are High-Protein Total Diet Replacements the Key to Maintaining Healthy Weight?

High diets and total weight loss plan replacements are getting more and more popular for weight reduction however, further research is wanted to explain their impact on the mechanisms involved in weight regulation. Compared to the standard North American dietary … Keep Reading


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Can a Simple Organelle Change Your Life?

While the field of Biotechnology is thousands of years old it feels new and unexplored. Over time our idea of what technology is has evolved into the new innovative iPhone, or any other gadget that helps support your lifestyle. However … Keep Reading


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What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

An egg is defined as the membrane-bound vessel in which an embryo grows and develops until it is able to survive on its own. Prior to the arrival of what one would recognize today as a bird egg, most animals … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Gobble, Gobble!

Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about the life and times of the turkey here.


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26.2 Miles: A Balancing Act Like No Other

Running is a common activity people partake in. It’s a great way to stay in shape, whether it’s by running two miles or training for a marathon. All that’s needed is an able body and willpower. A recent study however, … Keep Reading


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“Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine is Strongly Effective, Early Look At Data Shows”

Life as we know it has been dramatically altered within the course of the last eight months of 2020. From the first case of the corona virus in the United States on January 20th, to 1.3 million deaths worldwide, one … Keep Reading


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Water: The Molecule of Life: A Lecture

In AP biology Unit 1, Mr Mohn gave a lecture on “Water: The Molecule of Life,” by explaining generally what it is, what is does, what it effects, and why it is so important, in order to introduce students to … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – A Whale of a Tale

Indohyus majorImage from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? “About 55 million years ago, at the start of the Eocene epoch, a branch of artiodactyls (the even-toed ungulates represented today by pigs and deer) veered off onto the evolutionary line that … Keep Reading


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UCH37 Now Discovered to Regulate Waste Management of a Cell

To begin with, enzymes are proteins that act as biological catalysts. Enzymes are found within a cell and they create chemical reactions within the body. Catalysts are substances that increase the rate of chemical reactions without undergoing a permanent chemical … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Callobatrachus

Drawing of Callobatrachus (Callobatrachus sanyanensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons This extinct species is important because, according to the scientists who discovered this fossil specimen, Callobatrachus “is a linkage between aquatic and terrestrial life forms, representing a great success in evolution.”


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Zombie Spaghetti, YUM! Or maybe not…

Japanese Dodder (Cuscuta japonica)Image from Wikimedia Commons Have you ever seen a plant that looked like a delicious spaghetti dinner? What if that plant was actually just an incompetent series of zombie vines that kills other plants? The Japanese Dodder … Keep Reading


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Sunblock Won’t Fix That: The Effects of Coral Bleaching

Coral reefs are vital to ocean life. They’re known as the nurseries of the ocean due to many fish starting their lives there. These groupings of coral are vital to human life. We harvest the fish that live by these … Keep Reading


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