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Why is my body so gross?

By lmsottawa | December 22, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo, MSN Illustrator: Angeline Boswell 22/12/2021 Have you ever wondered why humans are so gross? Zits, sweat, mucus, bloggers, dandruff, ear wax, smelly feet and pumping gas are gross but being gross helps us survive. Your body fluids, particles and substances may be sticky, smelly, disgusting, but your body needs every single…

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Why do I have a loose tooth?

By lmsottawa | October 27, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo, MSN Illustrator: Angeline Boswell 27/10/2021   My daughter Kai has two loose teeth. Like any life experience, her journey with a loose tooth has become a scientific learning experience.  Below is how I answered her curious questions, and in the video, you can see how she explains what she learned. Let…

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Why do mosquitoes suck your blood? All about mosquitoes.

By lmsottawa | August 20, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell Mosquitoes Mosquito is a Spanish word that means Little Fly. Mosquitoes are small insects with six legs and long mouthparts (proboscis).  Only female mosquitoes bite. Males have feathery antennae that help them sense the presence of female mosquitos. Females have less bushy antennae. Males usually live for…

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Why are my body organs so squishy?

By lmsottawa | June 18, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell Human Organs An organ is a group of tissues that work together to perform a specific function. For the most part, organs are squishy and soft. There are seven vital organs in your body that you cannot live without The brain, the heart, two lungs, the liver and two…

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Why do elephants have tusks, big ears and long trunks?

By lmsottawa | May 19, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   Elephants are large mammals that have long trunks and big ears. African elephants are the largest land animals in the world. They can get as tall as 13 feet (4 meters) and weigh as much as 14000 pounds (6 tonnes). The natural habitats of elephants are in the…

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Why Are My Ears Acting Weird?

By lmsottawa | April 21, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   Ringing, pain, dizziness, difficulty hearing and popping; these two organs at each side of our head can act out sometimes!  Let us explore our auditory system, the process of hearing and identifying sounds.   You perceive sounds without even realizing it most of the time, and…

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Why do we Burp and Fart?

By lmsottawa | March 10, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   It is sometimes loud, sometimes silent, in some instance, it is socially accepted and in other gross. It happens to everyone, and it can be embarrassing sometimes when it happens, but everyone does it! Even dogs, sheep, cows and dinosaurs Buuuuuuuurp! …and Fart! The medical name…

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Why do we dream?

By lmsottawa | February 19, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   Dreams can help you; they can haunt you or they can just be… really really weird! But have you ever stopped and wondered why do we dream?   Going to sleep is like when you put your computer on a sleep mode without fully turning it…

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Why can astronauts only eat certain types of food in space?

By lmsottawa | January 12, 2021

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   Leaving this planet does very weird things to the human body. The human body in space is exposed to weightlessness, cosmic radiation, changes in sleep cycles and isolation. Astronauts in space face major challenges and problems. Q and A, astronauts challenges in space Why do astronauts…

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Why do we walk on two legs?

By lmsottawa | December 15, 2020

Author: Layal Bou Abdo MSN Illustration: Angeline Boswell   There is fossil evidence that suggests our ancestors have been walking upright for at least six million years. Those fossils were the most suggestive of our evolutionary past. They were found in the bed of a dried-up river in the north of Tanzania. Pressed into hardened…

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