Monthly Archives: December 2020

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A blog about life...literally

Winged Wednesday – Ancient Aeronaut

Pteranodon (Pteranodon longiceps)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Mammal Monday – Brrrrrr!

Wooly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Frog Friday – Bilingual

Bird-voiced Treefrog (Hyla avivoca)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the Bird-voiced Treefrog


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God Mode

Humans dream about being able to modify themselves to perfection, or to their satisfaction – “What if I’m just a little bit stronger, a little bit taller, or can focus really just a little bit more?” Genome editing, a technology … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? The call of the Northern Cassowary could be considered one of the least bird-like calls of any bird. As heard in the video below, they make grunting and hissing sounds.


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Climate Change and Its Unconventional Effects

Climate change has become a serious issue in today’s world due to the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It has caused many detrimental things to occur such as air pollution which has left many humans ill of … Keep Reading


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Malleable mRNA

Messenger RNA plays a vital role in the biological process of protein synthesis. Through two main steps — transcription and translation — the single-stranded molecule carries transcribed genetic information from DNA to ribosomes, which read the mRNA and make the … Keep Reading


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Cells Can Monitor Protein Synthesis Under Stress

Hundreds of thousands of ribosomes exist in a singular cell. Ribosomes are the sites in the cell in which protein synthesis occurs while using instructions from mRNA. These proteins are formed from monomers called amino acids, which are linked together … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Holiday “Horn”-aments

Caribou or Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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Frog Friday – Take the Red Eye

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)Image from Wikimedia Commons The frogs above are exhibiting a behavior called amplexus, in which a male amphibian grasps a female with his front legs as part of the mating process.


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Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration and the Effect of Evolution

The unit of our textbook relating to photosynthesis and cellular respiration was one highly intriguing to me. It was like an applicable example of the processes of evolution of the organisms of our planet. Diving into the basic functions of … Keep Reading


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Photosynthesis

Generally, Photosynthesis is largely responsible for producing and maintaining the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere and supplies most of the energy necessary for life on Earth. photosynthesis is a process used by plants to convert light energy into chemical … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Flightless Wonders

Southern Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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A New Addition to Our Family Tree?

Humans are unique, one of the intelligent creatures to walk the plant, the closest extant species, Chimpanzees, do not necessarily garner the resemblance we might expect. However, Humans, or specifically Homo Sapiens, despite being the only extant member of its … Keep Reading


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Zipping Up Some Mistakes?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Gene mapping, a recent expansion of science quickly rising in popularity and demand, but what is it? Where has it come from? And what does it have to offer? Genetic mapping, also known as linkage mapping, … Keep Reading


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