After Decades of Avoiding Cholesterol… Now it’s All Good?

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publish a set of Dietary Guidelines that provide the most up-to-date advisories for optimal nutrition intake. Focusing on enhancing the health of all United States citizens, the agenda shapes the diets of children and adults at work, school, […]


Ebola Warriors – Robots?

The worst Ebola epidemic in history continues to strike fear into every nation in the world. The raging virus that has run rampant through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has stretched menacingly into Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, and even here in the United States. The West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are […]


Dig These Fossil Discoveries

From curious children visiting a museum exhibit to terrified adults watching Jurassic Park, there is something about dinosaurs that fascinates and attracts us. 160 million years ago, dinosaurs disappeared from Earth, but some left behind rare fossils. The discovery of fossil remains a thrilling reminder that “fearfully great lizards” once roamed Earth. In the past two […]

The Immortal Gifts of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, without his patient’s consent or knowledge, a Johns Hopkins doctor biopsied normal cells and cervical tumor cells. The cells then were shared with Doctor Gey, a Johns Hopkins researcher who, like many, had been trying for decades to grow human cells in the laboratory. Experimenting on human subjects was not an option but […]

Go with the Flow: Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

The respiratory and circulatory systems are necessary for human and animal life to exist, and they are a great place to start when teaching students about systems and parts of systems that must function together. We breathe in, our blood takes in the oxygen, which gets pumped by the heart and distributed throughout our body—to […]

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No Fin Soup, Please

Last week, on June 3rd, a group of professional fishermen caught what they suspect is a record-setting shortfin mako shark.  The 1,323.5 pound, 11 feet long, 8 feet around shark was caught after an hours-long tussle off the coast of California. While they are waiting for the measurements to be verified, a controversy has surfaced: […]


Extreme Microbes

From plague to super-hot environments, microbes are extreme survivors and thrivers. Buried for seven centuries, the Black Death was recently unearthed in London. While excavating for a new rail line, thirteen bodies were found lined up in a row with evidence they were laid there in the mid-14th Century. Experts believe they may have been some […]

The Buzz about Bees

A string of warm days, blooming daffodils and crocuses, honey bees buzzing through the air—these are the first signs of spring. This year you may have noticed something amiss in these early signs of spring. This year there are fewer honey bees. It is not a new phenomenon. In 2006, farmers and beekeepers noticed honey […]

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Connect with Nature at a Zoo

Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings. ~ Evan Esar When you think of a zoo, what picture comes to mind? Perhaps the image of a petting zoo or a city zoo pops in your head … or even an animal park that has more of a natural habitat for its […]

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