Monthly Archives: September 2015

Toucan Play That Game

A blog about life...literally

Slithering From Food to Poo

Although snake species have different methods of finding and catching prey, all snakes eat and digest their food in basically the same way. Their amazingly expandable jaws enable them to prey on animals of much larger size and swallow them … Keep Reading

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Biological Warfare

Most people tend to think of diseases as something to cure, not to spread. Sadly, because of the new breakthroughs in the biology field the risk of the use of biological weapons in terrorist attacks and warfare are increasing.

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Alzheimer’s disease: Cell Death Leaving Little Left

Originating from misguided apoptosis, heritable genes, and even depression, Alzheimer’s disease plagues the western world. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the nervous system, similar to Parkinson’s disease, and is believed to spawn via the accumulation of proteins in the … Keep Reading

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A Deadly Inch of Poison

Frogs are typically thought of as harmless amphibians that can be held in your hands, kept as a small pet, or even eaten. That is, if you’re not the owner or consumer of the most poisonous animal on earth. The … Keep Reading

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Energetic Dogs

Ever wonder why some dogs are more energetic than others? All dogs have the same basic characteristics shared through their great common ancestor the Canis Lupus, but so many of these dogs like Great Danes contain a mopey disposition while … Keep Reading

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Sleep Deprivation: A Student’s Worst Nightmare

As any academically competitive teenager could tell you, sleep deprivation can be hard on the mind and body.

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Brains Can Be Bad for You

In the 1950’s, villages in Papua New Guinea were struck with a disease that caused their brain and nervous system to generate, quickly killing off its victims. This disease-called kuru-belongs to a group of progressive neurodegenerative diseases; a well known … Keep Reading

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One Step Closer

Cells in the blood marrow of ALL patientsImage from Wikimedia Commons The war on cancer has been an ongoing battle for centuries. This horrific disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Based on data collected from 2010-2012, approximately 39.6% … Keep Reading

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Ethanol: How Green Is It?

As the United States undergoes social globalization, trends are shifting towards sustainable and environment-friendly sources of energy. In the northern-Midwest there has been an increased application of wind energy. Similarly, other parts of the country use nature to produce their … Keep Reading

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Hole-y Cow

Warning! Only watch if you havethe STOMACH for it. Last week during a review, Mr. Mohn briefly showed and talked about a cow that had a port in its side. This intrigued me enough to do my blog about the … Keep Reading

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Childhood Fear of Wasps, Comes Back with Medical Phenomenon

Wasps get their fair share of bad press. They have painful stingers that at an early age we learned to stray far away from. On top of their painful stingers wasps aren’t even nearly as useful to us compared to … Keep Reading

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Captivating Crustacean

Arguably one of the most fascinating creatures in the sea, the peacock mantis shrimp, or Odontodacylus scyllarus, is a particularly unique crustacean. Named for its hard shell that bursts with an array of striking hues, this peacock mantis has a … Keep Reading

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“Drowning In Your Own Spit”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis better known as ALS is known as one of the most horrific diseases known to man. It is incurable; indescribable unless you have it. ALS defines as progressive degeneration of the motor neurons of the central nervous … Keep Reading

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