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I thought it was scary how close he was to getting possibly infected with Ebola. I thought it was kinda funny how he hit his head in the cave.  Dumb.  His exploration around Kitum Cave in the end was a nice closing to the story since it started out with incidents in the cave.  I was surprised that he didn’t take anyone with scientific background with him. I was also surprised the natives didn’t want to go in there with him. If elephants make scratching marks in the rock, how could it be that the elephants didn’t show any signs of Ebola? Why didn’t the host infect an elephant? How long did he stay in Africa?  Did anyone ever discover where Ebola originated (as in what animal Monet came into contact with during his exploration into Kitum Cave)? How did he get his gear through security at airports?  Would he have to have special permits to take it with him?


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The canola oil is hydrophobic because it repels from water when they're mixed together. Well they don't really mix because water is polar and they repel each other which is why canola oil is hydrophobic


There is a new shoot growing in the picture I promise. It's just really hard to see. This is considered an auxin producing area of a plant because auxin is a hormone found where new growths are occurring, such as a new shoot or an extension on a root.


My kitty is covered in skin under its fur, and skin is epithelial tissue. Epithelial tissue lines organs and body surfaces, so skin is epithelial tissue.


This grape contains ethylene. Ethylene is a gas in fruits used for ripening. This grape is ripe; therefore, ethylene is present.


My brother is covered in sweat after mowing the lawn. Sweating is used to attempt to regulate homeostasis. Homeostasis is internal balance like steady temperature. He sweated to attempt to regulate his body temperature, so this is an example of homeostasis.

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This monkey is an example of a k-strategist. A k-strategist has a limited number of offspring, but takes extensive care of its offspring to ensure its survival. The monkey is taking care of its baby which is on its back.


This bush (which is supposed to be white) contains phloem. Phloem is vascular tissues arranged into tubes that transport sugars and organic materials throughout the plant.


The jellyfish has radial symmetry in that it can be cut into symmetrical halves any way through its center point. Kinda like slicing a pizza into pieces.


This is a bad picture of a clownfish. Clownfish are r-strategists in that they produce a lot of offspring, yet few survive. The more babies, the more that live.


The boa constrictor in this picture has a vestigial structure: an ancient remant of a pelvic bone. Since the snake slithers on its belly, the pelvic bone is useless; therefore, its a vestigial structure.


This plant has xylem which is vascular tissue of tubular dead cells that conduct water and minerals from the roots to the rest of the plant.


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There's a turtle in the water, and the turtle is hydrophilic which means it has an affinity to water. The turtle has a natural liking to water which makes it hydrophilic.


The white thing in the background is a canine skull. Skull is made of bone, and bone is a connective tissue.


Webworms are parasites in that they live on the plants and harm the plants to benefit themselves.


The crane is demonstrating predation in that it's hunting for fish to eat. Predation is an interaction between species in which one species, the predator, eats the other, the prey.


The squirrel in the white circle partakes in seed dispersal in that it takes acorns or such seeds and buries them for safe keeping. Essentially the squirrel is dispersing seeds via animal because the seeds become widely spread out, and more plants grow from the planted seeds.

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This part was as interesting as the first two and had its moments where I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.  Killing over 400 monkeys either sick or well must’ve been traumatic for the workers, and learning about the two men going to the hospital with no breaks in the skin must’ve been really scary because that would mean the virus was airborne.  This part alluded to an earlier section in which Nancy Jaax’s boss told her she would neglect her work or her family, and you can see that statement becoming true in this part when she told her kids they’d be on their own for dinner while eating instant oatmeal.  I don’t really like the profanity in this section either.  I wonder how many people had nightmares about contracting Ebola besides Rhonda Williams.  I enjoyed hearing about the nightmare with the escaped monkey holding a needle.  The terror she must’ve felt would’ve been overcoming.  I still don’t understand the concept that a virus is living, yet it is also nonliving.  How is that possible? How can something be dead, yet alive at the same time?  Would the gray area inside the Reston house be under positive pressure or negative pressure?  Milton Frantig, the guy that spiked a fever and was vomiting, could he just have been overcome by panic at knowing what was going on with the monkeys in the house?  Could his nerves have gone into overdrive and caused a panic attack with vomiting?  How many military operations such as the “nuking” of the Reston monkey house have happened throughout United States history?  How much is the government keeping quiet to ensure the calmness of the general public?

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This potato is an example of a long day plant because it thrives during days when the light is longer than 12 hours, hence it's called a long day plant.

This stick of margarine butter contains saturated fats. Fat is a lipid used for energy storage.
The hummingbird exhibits an adaptation of an animal in that its beak is long and narrow which allows for it to reach into a tube-like structure petals make to drink the nectar. The beak is adapted to reach deep into the flower; therefore, the hummingbird is better able to survive in its environment because of its adapted beak.

Its really hard to see but there is a duck in the river through the trees. The duck also demonstrates an adaptation of an animal in that its webbed feet help it to swim in the river. Therefore, its feet are an example of an adaptation because the skin between the toes allow for easier swimming which allow it to survive in its habitat.


Inside the sammich baggie is a pink liquid. The liquid is pink only because my brother was chewing bubble gum. The liquid, saliva, contains an enzyme, amylase, which helps chemically digest food before it even reaches the stomach. The enzyme acts as a catalyst and speeds up digestion of food in order that more nutrients be obsorbed faster. It hydrolyzes (chemicals react with water to form other chemicals) starch and glycogen.


These tuna fish are examples of genetically modified organisms (gmo's) because they acquired one or more genes by artificial means. Not every gene was native to tuna, such as an artificial growth hormone that causes it to reach maturity faster.


85% of all sugar beets grown and sold in the United States are considered to be a genetically modified organism because it artificially received oen or more genes that may allow for the organism to fight infection or something to that extent.


This worm is a hermaphrodite in that it acts as a male and female: it produces sperm and eggs. It needs another organism to fertilize it though.


The head of lettuce the turtle is eating is another example of a long day plant in that the plant flowers only when the light is longer than a critical length. The lettuce needed a lot of sunlight to grow, so doing best during days with more light than night makes it a long day plant.


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I found this part as interesting as the first.  The monkeys came from the Phillipines, but they still had Ebola, and the book mentioned the monkeys were kept together in cramped conditions in cages.  That relates to the first part when he talked about the origins of HIV and AIDS.  So if monkeys were found to have Ebola and were crammed together with other monkeys, it makes you wonder how many other monkeys were infected with Ebola and sent to other monkey houses.  I enjoyed the backgrounds given on the ARMY staff and those from the CDC and their experiences with Ebola.  It really gave a sense that they knew what they were doing and had experienced Ebola in the field.  I didn’t realize that there were tests and lights that could make results glow.  That’s really kinda nifty.  Humans and monkeys are primates, but why doesn’t Simian Hemorhagic Fever affect humans also?  What about the proteins that make up that virus causes humans to have no real issues with it while monkeys die from it?  How do viruses become airborne?  How long does it take for a virus to become airborne?  Is a monkey’s stomach where you touch to see if it has a fever like a human and their forehead?  The book also mentioned a Level 4 virus named Lassa.  What does Lassa do to humans and other organisms?  The book also keeps repeating that Ebola causes cells to explode.  How many cells does it take to explode before one would feel any pain from the explosions?

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