Whether you rub your nose in a particular way when it feels itchy, or walk down from your home to the nearest convenience store (you know you can get there blindfolded), or you’re once again buying exactly the same perfume you’ve been buying for the last twenty years (you might call it brand loyalty but I call it a habit, in the context of this blog post), these are all some of our trusty old habits that don’t die. Don’t die easily, at the very least.
Masters of songs, and inspiring the works of the literati and artists of the past as well as the present, songbirds are an intriguing species. Their mellifluous string of songs is what fascinated renowned poets such as Wordsworth, Keats, and Shelley, and painters such as Imru Al Qays, Ren Yi, and George Baselitz to place the magnificent songbird into their works.
This blog post aims to briefly shed light on the vocal learning behavior in songbirds, with a slight emphasis on the importance of the neurotransmitter dopamine, in vocal processing.
More than four thousand species of songbirds, almost fifty percent of the bird species, entertain human ears around the world with their unique melodious songs (Innovateus, n.d). They include Nightingales, Mockbirds, Musk Duck, Bengalese finches, American robins, Eastern bluebirds, Northern cardinals, to name but a few. Songbirds inhabit a diverse range of areas, encompassing open fields, woodlands, and other terrestrial habitats, as well as vegetated wetlands and shores. Continue reading “Vocal Learning Behavior in Songbirds (And how this relates to humans)”→
Peeping through the many leaves, are the little adornments of the garden in my home: the mangoes, the apricots, and the guavas. We planted these little health bursts to nourish ourselves with their exceptional features as well as to beautify our garden.
I’ve summarized the health benefits of these luscious fruits in the figures below:
The King of Fruits (And the family’s favorite!) : The Mango (Mangifera indica)
Creatures in the animal kingdom, from tiny ones like wasps to the largest mammals on earth, the elephants, possess characteristic defence mechanisms against one of the most deadly and, unfortunately, common illnesses: cancer.
In my previous blog post , I wrote about Brazilian wasps having a protein (Polybia-MP1) that could help fight cancer.
In this post, I focus on the descendants of the mammoth: elephants.
Now cancer patients are rarely elephants even though by convention, they should be extremely cancer-prone. The theory behind this is that every time a cell divides, the DNA divides. Every time a DNA divides, there is a chance for mutation(s), which paves the path for formation of cancerous cells. So every time a cell divides, an organism is a step closer to mutated DNA and since larger animals have more cells, theoretically they should have more chances for mutation and hence, cancer.
My first ever blog post. As a Biotechnology major and having just started my Honors project, a hamster is slowly but continuously running on the wheel in the back of my head; generating potential ideas in biotech I could study and explore as part of my project. The spark came to me on a seemingly lazy day: a particular herb I know of. Continue reading “A spark by the hamster in the mind”→