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This 5 page paper provides an overview of the process of biodiversity as it is maintained in the animal kingdom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 7 page paper provides an overview of the variables that influence an organism's survival and success. This paper relates the fact that the success of any organism, whether it is in terms of basic survival or the capacity for reproduction of the species, reflects the organisms capacity for tolerance to an existing set ...

Adarand v. Pena

  • 7 page paper

This 8 page paper provides an overview of the Supreme Court case of Adarand v. Pena. The case of Adarand v. Pena (1995) underscores some of the central arguments both for and against affirmative action initiatives, and provides some insight into the conflicts that have arisen from seeking affirmative action initiatives in particular situations. ...

A 3 page discussion of footwear. Notes the evolution of footwear since ancient times and the varying uses to which is put today. Emphasizes that material combines with design to determine function. Bibliography lists 2 sources.


  • 5 page paper

An overview of the phenomenon of ageing from a biochemical perspective, looking at the programmed and random damage theories and the ways in which these might be approached in order to take into account both genetic and stochastic causes of ageing. Bibliography lists 5 sources

An 8 page overview of cellular function. Concentrating on cellular function in viruses, the author utilizes RNA to illustrate the view that the cell is a supramolecular machine. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Protein Synthesis

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page paper describing the method by which ribosomes synthesize proteins in the cell’s cytoplasm. The paper identifies amylase as being one of the body’s proteins, one so specific that its presence in blood confirms diagnosis of pancreatitis, a potentially fatal disease. Includes one figure. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 9 page discussion of the importance of cardiac action potential. The author describes the physiological function of cardiac action potential and emphasizes that it can be impacted by a number of factors such as individual genetics, drugs, and conditions such as diabetes. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

A page overview of the complexity of mechanisms involved in the secretion of catecholamine hormones such as epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrenaline). This paper emphasizes the importance of the chromaffin cells of the the adrenal medulla. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

This 7 page paper looks at some of the theories that try to explain who and why the human brain has developed into the current large and complex organ seen today. The paper loos at the arguments of bipedalism, the use of tools and development of language and the radiator theory. The bibliography cites ...

A 10 page discussion of global warming as it is influenced by natural processes determined by the earth's rotation around the sun, natural processes encapsulated by the theories of Serbian astrophysicist Milutin Milankovitch. The author of this paper asserts that the actions of those natural processes have been added to by pollution and activities ...

The Human Liver

  • 7 page paper

A 5 page description of the human liver. The author describes the liver in detail and delves into its multitude of function and the factors that can affect that function. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

This 4 page paper examines the stucture and function of ribosomes. This paper highlights the importance of ribosomes and the scientific advances that are being made in terms of better understanding ribosomes which are so essential for life. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This 3 page paper examines the importance of scale, and illustrates why the skeletal structure of a mosquito would never survive if blown up to human proportions. In this way, this paper critiques the relation of structure functionality and scale. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Nervous System

  • 2 page paper

This 2 page paper provides an overview of the nervous system in both humans and other species. Specific information comparing the human system with others is included. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Birth Order Theory

  • 4 page paper

Despite the fact that research findings on birth order theory are contradictory and inconclusive, many researchers continue to believe that birth order is one of the most significant indicators of personal development. The question first arose in 1920 when Alfred Adler published his definitive study indicating that quantifiable personality differences occur in people because of ...

An 8 page exploration of whether genetic predisposition affects physical performance. The author utilizes statistics from the NBA to demonstrate that height is largely irrelevant in regard to the relative performance of six specific NBA players. Summaries of field goals and free throws attempted verses those completed and average rebound points per game are discussed ...

A 3 page paper providing a general overview of the three types of muscle tissue. Muscle tissue is that which holds together the larger framework of the human body and enables us to move at will when functioning properly. Other types of muscles are associated with internal organs and operate involuntarily so that ...

A 4 page paper containing 2 distinct sections: 1 page on carbohydrates and weight gain, 3 pages discussing the Cx26 gene (GJB2/DFNB1). This gene is associated with autosomal recessive deafness, ranging from moderate to profound. The paper lists and discusses several of the allele variants of this gene. Bibliography lists 6 ...

A 12 page exploration of whether genetic predisposition affects physical performance. The author utilizes statistics from the NBA to demonstrate that height is largely irrelevant in regard to the relative performance of six specific NBA players. Summaries of field goals and free throws attempted verses those completed and average rebound points per game are discussed ...

A 5 page paper describing muscle function and structure. There are several theories of the action of muscle contraction. Though at least two of these theories appear to be more than plausible, the precise mechanism by which muscles contract still is not absolutely known. What is known, however, is that the entire ...

A 14 page overview of the differences in brain structure and neuroarchitectural that exists between males and females. These differences are found in numerous species of vertebrates and, in fact, in human beings themselves. Just what these differences mean, however, in terms of cognitive function is a subject of considerable debate. It ...

A 9 page discussion of the many diverse roles the cerebral cortex plays in psychological function. The author describes this portion of our brain and the mechanisms through which it works. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 6 page overview of the manner in which individuals from high altitude cultures function in high altitude situations. The author discusses the importance of hematological changes, differences in chest morphology, pulmonary function, and metabolism that characterize these people. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

An 8 page overview of kidney function and how certain toxins can evade elimination from the body. The specific examples of lead and thalidomide are detailed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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