Monthly Archives: October 2020

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More Sightings of Mysterious Crop Circles Discovered

Reporting live from a radio broadcast: “Breaking news. The aliens have taken over. Over 120 species are roaming the globe. These creatures have been found to morph into a different figure when threatened. Do not come close to one. They … Keep Reading

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Frog Friday – “My name is Gladiator.”

Rosenberg’s Treefrog (Hypsiboas rosenbergi)Image from Wikimedia Commons Rosenberg’s Treefrogs are also known as gladiator frogs. This is due to the fact that male frogs use large, dagger-like spines against each other in fierce wrestling matches. These matches sometimes result in … Keep Reading

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Can’t Sleep? Count Sheep. It Could Save Your Life.

Sleep. We all need it. We all do it. Some get more than others. Some sleep for a long period of time, while others sleep in short increments. Many of us teens, myself included, have gotten under the recommended amount … Keep Reading

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Is Air Pollution Causing Alzheimer’s Disease?

It is widely recognized that asthma, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases can be traced to air pollution, but new research is proposing that pollution could also be causing Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly two decades ago, a Mexico City scientist noticed … Keep Reading

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Winged Wednesday – You Thought They’d All Be Animals!

Javan cucumber (Alsomitra macrocarpa)Image from Wikimedia Commons Alsomitra macrocarpa or Javan cucumber is a gourd-bearing liane, belonging to the pumpkin family from the tropical Asian forests of the Malay Archipelago and the Indonesian islands. Alsomitra is a genus of 12 … Keep Reading

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Really How Old is COVID?

The beginning of March 2020 was the start of a new normal. Coronavirus, also known scientifically as SARS-CoV-2, was identified in thousands of Americans beginning in early March and grew exponentially in number of cases throughout the year. The CDC … Keep Reading

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Membrane Proteins: Keys to Unlocking the Future of Medicine

The more we learn about cell membranes in class, the more apparent it is that they are so incredibly important to cells and organisms as a whole. A cell membrane, also known as a plasma membrane, is defined as the … Keep Reading

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Presumed Guilty: Modern Applications of Biology to Eugenic Science in the Criminal Justice System

The United States prides itself as the greatest, most powerful democratic nation in the world. However, the U.S. has recently been gaining attention for enforcing numerous policies, laws, and orders that create tension with the democratic ideals the founding fathers … Keep Reading

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The Gene Sequences of Twins Reveal Biology’s Influence On Personality

Image from Wikimedia Commons The DNA found within organisms impacts both the body and the mind. The individual segments of the DNA molecule, or genes, provide the instructions for building molecules of various functions. In psychology, students are learning about … Keep Reading

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Mammal Monday – The “Sea Canaries”

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this fascinating species here.

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The First Animal That Doesn’t Need to Breathe!

It was an undisputed fact:animals need oxygen to live, until the discovery of the Henneguya salminicola. The Henneguya salminicola is a type of animal called a myxozoan. This is a type of parasite, in this case, that attaches itself to … Keep Reading

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Frog Friday – Frog…fish?

New Guinean Frogfish (Antennatus dorehensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons

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The Immortal Jellyfish!?

Immortality is a phenomenon that we have been told is impossible. During our entire lives we have learned that everything faces death one day. Originating from the Carribean and Mediterrenean seas, the Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish is known as the “immortal … Keep Reading

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Enzymes: Doing More for the Environment than World Leaders

Enzymes have gained more attention in the media world over the past few years because of their ability to “remove toxins from pores” and give the face a healthy glow. However, to biologists studying the environment, enzymes play a much … Keep Reading

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