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Alex Bolano

Alex is a graduate of UMSL with his MA, with an area of concentration in the history and philosophy of science. When he isn't nerdily stalking the internet for science news, he enjoys tabletop RPGs and making really obscure TV references.

What Is A Toadstool?

A toadstool, more commonly known as a mushroom, is the name given to the spore-bearing reproductive part of a fungus. The word “mushroom” is most often used to talk about fungal bodies that are shaped like a tiny umbrella, consisting of […]

What Is Pi (Definitely Not Pie)?

If you remember anything from high school math, odds are you remember pi (and no, we don’t mean the delicious pastry). In mathematics, pi (represented with the Greek letter π) is an important number and mathematical constant.  Pi is most […]

How Many Teeth Do Sharks Really Have?

As you might have guessed, the number of teeth a shark has depends on the kind of shark. There are a lot of different kinds of sharks each that have different amounts of teeth. For example, a Great White Sharks […]

What Does The Vacuole Do?

Cells are complex entities. Far from being a singular mass, cells are composed out of many different parts and substructures, each specialized to perform some specific function. The various specialized structures are called organelles. If one imagines a eukaryotic cell […]

5 Examples Of Nucleic Acids For Biology Class

Nucleic acids are small biological molecules that are essential to all known forms of life. The different kinds of nucleic acids collectively work together to create, encode, and store genetic information and make proteins based on that information. The complex […]

5 Properties Of Rhombus For Math Class

In geometry, a rhombus is a special kind of quadrilateral in which all 4 sides are of equal length. A rhombus has certain unique properties that are a consequence of its definition. Some key properties of a rhombus include: Opposite […]

E. Coli: Gram Stain, Shape And Size

Here is a fun fact: right now, inside your intestines, there are millions of E. coli bacteria. Sound scary? Well, don’t worry too much. Despite being the main antagonist of a recent outbreak in romaine lettuce, the vast majority of E. coli bacteria are […]

The Building Blocks Of Proteins

Proteins are one of the most important kinds of molecules necessary for life as we know it. Proteins perform a staggering amount of function in the body: forming physical structures, catalyzing metabolic reactions, transporting molecules, signaling between cells, and more. […]

5 Fundamental Properties Of Nonmetals

In chemistry, the term “nonmetal” refers to elements and compounds that lack a metallic character. Despite making up only 17 of the 118 known elements, nonmetals are some of the most important elements that are essential for life as we […]

Brain Stem: Function And Parts

The brain is the single most complex machine known to humans. Millions of years of evolution have produced a complex network of neurons and synapses whose coordinated activity controls every function in the human body. Figuring out the organization and […]