Monthly Archives: March 2021

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Winged Wednesday – A New Tuxedo for Penguins

Image from Wikimedia Commons Everyone is familiar with the typical penguins with their black feathers with predominantly black beaks; however, recently, a penguin has been spotted with whitish-yellow feathers with a white beak. In 2019, Photographer Yves Adams went on … Keep Reading


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Pigs Save Lives! Solving the Human Organ Transplant Crisis with Gene-Edited Pigs

Over 107,000 adults and children are on the national transplant waiting list as of February 2021 according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and tragically, around 17 people die each day waiting for a transplant. The demand for … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Black Pegasus

Black Pegasus (Pegasus bellerophon)Image from pngimg.com


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Scaled, Armored or Naked: How Does the Skin of Fish Evolve?

The first vertebrates on the planet were most likely fish, appearing on earth million and millions of years ago. Over this vast period of time all the way to represent day they have changed drastically, whether that be externally or … Keep Reading


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Human Impact on Biodiversity

Extinction has occured since life first evolved, but the high rate at which it is occurring now is causing great concern. Human activities have created a biological diversity crisis on Earth. There are three levels of biodiversity including genetic, species, … Keep Reading


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Is There Life on Maaaaars?

Image from Wikimedia Commons The lack of life on Mars has remained a huge obstacle in the hopes for astronaut missions on Mars, but scientists have cultivated cyanobacteria that may change the way we look at potential life on the … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Un-Bear-ably Adorable!

Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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Frog Friday – Silence Is Golden

Golden Toad (Incilius periglenes)Image from Wikimedia Commons Sadly, this amazing creature is thought to be extinct. It has not been seen since 1989.


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Winged Wednesday – Ha! Good One!

Saddle-Billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Mammal Monday – Say Ahhhh!

Common Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Trust Your Gut

The human gut contains a microbiome full of diverse bacteria that are essential to the digestive process. While it is not surprising that the gut and brain send signals back and forth regarding digestion, studies have shown that this may … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – TREEfrog?

New Granada Cross-Banded Treefrog (Smilisca phaeota)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the New Granada Cross-Banded Treefrog


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The Role of Proteins in Cellular Strength

Image from Wikimedia Commons Proteins are a crucial and complex facet of many organisms. The sequences of amino acids have the power to determine the function of a protein and what area of an organism it will go towards supporting. … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – 270° Neck Turn?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Have you ever wondered why owls are able to twist their head almost all the way around? Or why they can see nocturnally? Well, owls are fascinating animals that clock out when the sun comes up. … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Conk-La-Ree!

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)Image from Wikimedia Commons The call of the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sound of the wetlands. Listen to the call of the Male Red-winged Blackbird


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