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Anatomy & Physiology

Exploring Thoracic and Pulmonary Structures with Human Anatomy Atlas 2020

We’ve talked about the thoracic cage and the respiratory system on the Visible Body blog before—having lungs is important, after all! With the release of Human Anatomy Atlas 2020, we’ve got some updates to thoracic and pulmonary structures that make ...
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Anatomy & Physiology

Tiny Transportation: Active vs. Passive Transport in Cells

Today, we’re going to take a close look at the human body. I mean a really close look. That’s right—we’re talking about cells! More specifically, ...
Anatomy & Physiology

The Amazing Appendix: An Anatomical Mystery

Does the appendix have a purpose? It may seem like a trivial question, right up there with “what should I have for dinner tonight?” but the answer is ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Viva the Vagus! Five Facts About the Tenth Cranial Nerve

Has someone ever told you to “go with your gut,” or have you ever trusted a “gut feeling” without knowing why? Well, “gut feeling” is a more literal ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology: The Adventures of Super Spleen

You could say that the spleen has a special place in my heart (figuratively, of course). When I was in fifth grade, my classmates and I learned about ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology: The Terrific Tongue

Here’s something fun you can tell people at parties: the tongue isn’t a single muscle—it’s a muscular hydrostat. What’s a muscular hydrostat, you ...
Anatomy & Physiology

The Wonderful Windpipe: Five Awesome Facts about the Trachea

Guess what? I know what you’re doing right this second. (And no, I don’t have psychic powers.) You’re breathing! Well, probably. You’re constantly ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Wise Up! Three "Whys" of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth may sound mystical, but all they are is the third set of molars (the large back teeth that grind up our food). They are the last set of ...
Anatomy & Physiology

A Digital Post: Fingers and Thumbs

What do you, an opossum, and an orangutan have in common? Opposable thumbs! Opposable thumbs have helped humans go from making and using our first ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Let's Untangle This: All About Hair

Shampooing, conditioning, curling, straightening, trimming, coloring, shaving, plucking, waxing...it can take a lot of effort to groom the hair on ...