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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 ask? Essentially, it’s a strong, flexible biological structure that contains a whole bunch of muscle ...
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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 ...
Anatomy & Physiology

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 ...
Anatomy & Physiology

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?), ...
Anatomy & Physiology

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 ...
Anatomy & Physiology

The Glorious Glutes: Muscles of the Buttocks

I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of the word “maximus,” two things immediately come to mind: Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator and ...
Anatomy & Physiology

Navigating the Nervous System Part II: The Autonomic Nervous System

In last week’s post, we began the epic quest of mapping out the divisions of the human nervous system. This is what we created so far: If you missed ...