Monthly Archives: September 2014

Toucan Play That Game

A blog about life...literally

Venus Flytraps: “Captive”ating Creatures

Image from Wikimedia Commons Plants have always seemed pretty tame to me; they linger in the background as a contribution to oxygen and ambiance, but they are passive, green beings that can be plucked by any actively frolicking Homo sapiens. … Keep Reading

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Chapter 6

Chapter 6 was all about cells, their basic functions, and the structures inside of them. When I first cracked into this chapter I noticed how it was some material I had already seen before. In biology freshman year I remember … Keep Reading

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How Can Your Brain Become Attached to Something?

Most people relate the word addiction to drug or alcohol abuse but in reality addiction can be the attachment to anything from running to gambling or even shopping. The definition of an addiction is the intense craving or want for … Keep Reading

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Seeing Double

In today’s society, it has become possible to clone humans and animals. Now that it is in our grasp, it has been a controversial topic due to its positive and negative outcomes. Positively, it could lead to a better and … Keep Reading

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Save The Bees

Image from Wikimedia Commons Bees, bees, bees. What’s the buzz about? Though to many, bees are solely viewed as a winged menace, they are directly responsible for the enriched quality of life that we as Americans enjoy. They boost our … Keep Reading

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The Protein of Ebola Virus

The recent outbreak of the virus, Ebola, has caused many scientists to discuss ways to control the virus and ultimately destroy the virus to stop it from continuing to spread throughout Africa and to the world. Ebola is a rare … Keep Reading

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Spider-Man vs. Van der Waals

When reading out of the Biology textbook, the fascinating concept of van der Waals interactions allowing geckos to climb walls caught my attention. My mind jumped to a Marvel comic book legend Spider-man and his ability to climb the side … Keep Reading

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Exploding Dinosaurs Aren’t As Cool As They Sound

Soybean BiodieselImage from Wikimedia Commons With controversy and even violence spreading around the use and access to fossil fuels, it might just be time for humanity to get a new, renewable energy source. A fossil fuel is what’s left of … Keep Reading

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Put Down the Bottle- Your Circadian Rhythm is Calling

Image from Wikimedia Commons “Tick-tock, tick-tock”. Although our circadian rhythms are not actual clocks, they do function in physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle. The circadian rhythm responds primarily to light and darkness in an … Keep Reading

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Stressed Is “Desserts” Spelled Backwards

After some reflection, I have come to the conclusion that I was somewhat too ambitious when I wrote the Unit 2 Syllabus. It turns out that we just need to take a little more time on some of these topics. … Keep Reading

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Should GMO Be a No Go?

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, have been in question for safety and long term complications since they were a mere experiment. Valid questions are asked about the authenticity of safety due to the fact that plants and animals have been … Keep Reading

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A New Method of Selective Cancer Therapy

The fight against cancer has taken a rather large step with the creation of a new compound that can actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells and turn them back into normal cells. It works by inhibiting an enzyme … Keep Reading

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The Ebola Epidemic

Transmission Electron Micrograph of the Ebola VirusImage from Wikimedia Commons According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola Virus is expected to infect more than 20,000 people before the outbreak in Africa can be controlled. There is currently no known … Keep Reading

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Wild Cats: the BIG Differences

Leopard, Lion, Tiger, JaguarImage from Wikimedia Commons There are thousands of big cats all over the world, in the wild and in captivity. Since each species has several subspecies, and some cats have more than one name, it is easy … Keep Reading

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