Monthly Archives: October 2014

Toucan Play That Game

A blog about life...literally


If you have watched the news at all lately you have heard one thing or another about the Ebola virus. What you may not know is just how long it has been around. Ebola is not something that has spontaneously … Keep Reading

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Monarch Migration

A Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feeding,its proboscis clearly shown inside the flowerImage from Wikimedia Commons Fall means the leaves are changing colors, it’s starting to get colder, and of course, monarch migration. Every fall, before it starts getting too cold, … Keep Reading

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We’re All In This Together: Cells Supporting Life

It’s easy to forget about all the process necessary to keep us alive. All the smaller parts that make up living things fade into the background. Chapters six and seven reminded me of all the cells functioning just so I … Keep Reading

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Can Hand Sanitizers Really Stop People From Getting the Flu?

Image from Wikimedia Commons As you may already know, in the past few years the number of Americans who use hand sanitizer instead of washing their hands with soap has greatly increased. A study was recently done in the University … Keep Reading

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Harnessing The Power of Evolution: Selective Breeding

The whole of mankind constantly changes the world to better suit itself. Human comforts are invented, scientific and technological innovations are developed and progress continues for the betterment of all humankind. Mankind has been manipulating all aspects of the world … Keep Reading

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Sickle Cell Disease – Anemia

Image from Wikimedia Commons Sickle cell anemia is the most common sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is an illness where the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. Normally red blood cells are shaped like a crescent, whereas normal red blood … Keep Reading

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Rockin’ That Extra Chromosome

Image from Wikimedia Commons At school we often relate diversity back to ethnic backgrounds, skin color, or religion, but rarely do we get the chance to assess the lives of those who face challenges everyday due to a chromosomal abnormality. … Keep Reading

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‘Shrooms’: They’re Magically Delicious!

Image from Wikimedia Commons Mushrooms are considered delicious by a lot of different people, but magic mushrooms are a little different from the types that would normally be consumed in terms of how these fun guys are chemically composed and … Keep Reading

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Babies End Up Tougher Than They Look

Image from Wikimedia Commons After learning more about cell signaling in Chapter 11, the idea that newborn’s immune T cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria is understood greater. With the knowledge that substances must … Keep Reading

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Design Students Make the Best Scientists

Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art has recently developed a new product that has applications for deep space travel and colonization, and he’s done it using a type of material that only an art student could … Keep Reading

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Chapters 4 & 5

Only a few times have a truly struggled wrapping my head around what we are taught during class, and the start of AP Biology was one of those few. I loved that we dug deeper into what we have been … Keep Reading

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My (Mem)Brain is Absorbing New Information

Chapter seven from the recent unit has been very intriguing to me, mostly because it blew away many previous misconceptions. Most other life science courses, when dealing with cells, explain the functions of cell organelles and the processes that occur … Keep Reading

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