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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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You've Got Some More Nerve(s): The Cranial Nerves

Let’s face it. (Ha!) There’s a lot going on in (and on) your head at any given time. Your eyes gather information about light, your ears collect ...
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Five Interesting Facts About Nipples

The majority of people in the world have nipples. You might giggle at the mention of nipples (maybe because the word “nipple” is so silly-sounding?), ...
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The Rectus Abdominis and Friends: An Intro to the Ab Muscles

When people think of working out at the gym, chances are that they imagine doing planks, crunches, and sit-ups. Why? Core work is a central component ...
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