Extremophiles: Living organisms in extreme conditions
By: pandorasconviction
The Use of Thermus Aquaticus in the Polymerase Chain Reaction Scientists use an understanding of the various biological processes common to all life forms in order to further our ability to research and investigate life. In the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) scientists use DNA polymerase...
By: Janet Grischy
Slime molds are not plants or animals. Neither are they fungi, though they were long classed as such. These life forms are like animals in many ways. They move, for example, but they also have characteristics of plants and fungi. Slime molds have eukaryotic cells...
Study shows bacteria have eaten giant Gulf oil plume
By: Robert Lunt
Gulf Oil Spill Disappearing QuicklyOn April 20, 2010 a massive explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling well caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Macondo well. The explosion killed 11 workers and injured 17 others...
By: Sammy Stein
Many fungi perform invaluable, useful activites without which our world would be very different. Fungi are nature's garbage disposal machines. Many fungi break down the dead bodies of animals and plants to release nutrients back to the soil. If these locked up nutrients were not...
By: Megan Stoddard
It would seem that no good news can come out of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no denying its devastating effect on the Gulf, its wildlife, the shores that border it, and the economies that depend on it. Neither...
The importance of plankton in ocean communities
By: Dorothy Hoffman
The term “plankton” comes from the Greek word planktos, meaning “drifter.” Not a single species or biological group, planktic species actually include a wide range of aquatic organisms – animals, plants, and bacteria – that drift in the world’s oceans, seas...
Fungi: What are the basidiomycetes?
By: Jillian Jacobs
The familiar mushrooms found on pizzas and in the lawn are part of a group of fungi called club fungi, or basidiomycetes. The phylum Basidiomycota consists of 16,000 different species of fungi, including the shelf or bracket fungi found on dead trees and the...
Fungi: What are the ascomycetes?
By: Jillian Jacobs
When we think of fungi, we mostly think of mushrooms. All mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. One type of gourmet “mushroom” called a morel does not actually look like the pedestal-shaped mushroom that we are familiar with. Unlike button mushrooms...
How to properly set up a compound microscope
By: Tami Port MS
There are many difficulties that a microscope user might encounter before even trying to see the specimen. Dirty lenses and problems controlling the light source are common. Here is how to avoid these frustrating scope issues. * Clean All Lenses First * To avoid problems...
How to view specimens using a compound microscope
By: Tami Port MS
The following is a troubleshooting guide to the most common problems encountered when trying to view specimens with a compound microscope.There are many reasons why someone using a compound scope may have difficulty seeing the specimen. Once the microscope is properly set up, and...

 

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