Flagella: Function And Definition
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Mohendra has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Masters in Biotechnology. Growing up, he enjoyed learning as much as he could from any and all topics. He has gone on many Wikipedia rabbit holes, scouring to find more interesting facts than the last. He writes to both learn and lead others into their own search of scientific knowledge, both mundane and interesting.

                       

Flagella: Function And Definition

Flagella are commonly found in bacteria, but can also be found in archaea and eukaryotic organisms as well. A flagellum is a lash-like structure that protrudes from the cell body. It is very akin to a whip, which is what its name translates to. The main function of a flagellum is to serve a means of locomotion and assist the cell in finding its way. Among the three groups that flagella are found in, there is a wide variation in...

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By 2020 Starbucks Hopes To Eliminate Plastic Straws From Their Stores

Following legislation in Seattle, Starbucks has announced that they will work to eliminate plastic straws from their stores by 2020. They will create recyclable alternatives that will eventually be rolled out across all their stores around the world. This move comes as many places around the world are examining our relationship with plastic. Seattle became the first state in the United States to ban single-use plastics such as straws. This means that food and beverage retailers, among others, will be...

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Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) Snakes: Facts And Photos

The water moccasin, or cottonmouth, is a venomous pit viper snake species found in southeastern parts of the United States. There are three subspecies within this species. These include Florida cottonmouth, which is found in Florida and parts of Georgia. There is also the western cottonmouth, which is found in the states surrounding, and including, Alabama and Texas. The western cottonmouth can be found as north as Indiana. The last subspecies is the eastern cottonmouth, which is found along the...

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Ecosystem Examples: From Rainforest To Tundra

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Emerging Hot Spots Of Disease Outbreaks Due To Parents Not Vaccinating Their Children

With the onset of parents deciding to not vaccinate their children, new research is showing that there are emerging hotspots of disease outbreaks associated with these lack of vaccinations. Through the work of vaccines, we have managed to evade and eliminate the risk of many diseases like measles and mumps. Through vaccination programs across the United States and the world, we have managed to create a healthier population that resists the effects of many detrimental diseases. All of this is undermined...

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By Physically Restructuring The Brain, Psychedelics Could Become A Potential Treatment For Depression

In recent findings, researchers believe that psychedelics could be used to treat depression by restructuring the brain of individuals. The mind-altering capabilities of psychedelics are commonly known and can potentially be used towards something good, like treating depression or similar conditions. New information on depression appears to show that the disease behaves like a neural circuit disorder because the symptoms of depression are the result of neurites, parts of neurons responsible for communication, are altered. The alteration of the neurites...

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What Do Grasshoppers Eat?

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120 Pregnant Whales Were Killed By Japan This Year In Their Pursuit Of “Scientific Research”

In their pursuit of "scientific research," Japan has killed 120 pregnant whales in Antarctic waters. This is a practice that they are committed to because they claim they are acquiring important information from these whales. According to reports released by the International Whaling Committee (IWC), Japan has killed a total of 333 whales so far in the 2017/2018 austral season as part of their annual practice of hunting whales for science. According to the report, there were 392 sightings of Antarctic minke whale...

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A Hangover Pill May Soon Hit The Market As Clinical Trials Show Potential

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Researchers have found that mice who fast for a day were able to regenerate their intestinal stem cells. Mice have been a model organism for decades as they react similarly to humans to a variety of factors. We use mice for drug testing, understanding psychological factors, and for many other research endeavors because their experiences have been found to mirror that of humans in similar situations. One area that researchers are focusing on is anti-aging. Humans have always dreamed of...

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