Let's experiment: exploring my microbiota

Let's experiment: exploring my microbiota

Bacterial cells outnumber your own humans cells ten to one. Thanks to advances in sequencing technology reducing costs, you can finally get to know these silent co-inhabitants. In the first installment of the let's experiment series, Kenny lays out his experiment to get to know his microbiota and examine how his inhabitants respond to a drastic change in diet and probiotic use.

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Why does the old man snore when it rains and pours?

Why does the old man snore when it rains and pours?

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring."

We're all familiar with that nursery rhyme. And maybe you do sleep with it rains. Or maybe you're moody when it's it's gloomy outside. You can also be relaxed when you hear the rain tap on your window.

Learn about how rain can affect our activity and lives so you can be prepared the next time you have an outdoor event (and be savvy about it).

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The real challenge: creating a world without ALS

The real challenge: creating a world without ALS

You may notice many of your friends dumping ice waters on their heads. What are these impromptu showers all about and what is ALS? Kenny Flynn explains his experience with the ALS ice bucket challenge while explaining what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is and explains some of the cutting edge research currently taking place to create a world without ALS.

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Immortal techniques: jellyfish that can live forever

Immortal techniques: jellyfish that can live forever

In the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, there pulsates a transparent creature with a glowing red core. The ruby red is reminiscent of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, the source of the elixir of life. This only comes to mind because this particular jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly T. nutricula) has the ability to shrivel into a ball when it is injured, and then revert to its juvenile form, maturing into an adult all over again.

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Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Bacteria and viruses are frequently thought of as parasites; a problem to society. Not all are harmful and some of them are even helpful. See how a bacteria and virus pair help save aphids from imminent danger in this month's mutualism!

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Heroes in a Half Shell: Butt Power!?

Heroes in a Half Shell: Butt Power!?

Biological questions truly may be inspired by all sorts of things. How did a 1989 Nintendo video game lead me to question the respiratory capacity of turtles?

Take a deep breath as we dive into a little anatomy and biochemistry to understand these underwater heroes in a half shell. I guarantee that the next time you go for a swim, you’ll be more concerned with dishing out some reptilian butt biology than how yours looks in that bathing suit.

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