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Rays are primarily slow-moving, bottom-dwelling fishes of the oceans, the rays are close relatives of the sharks. Both, including skates, belong to the same class of fish, Chondrichthyes-vertebrates whose skeleton is composed of cartilage, not true bone. The terms skate and ray are often used interchangeably. Both fishes belong to the taxonomic order Batoidei, but the skates are classified in the separate suborder Rajoidei. Skates and rays occur in nearly all the oceans of the world, from shallo

DIABETES Diabetes is a chronic illness but it is not fatal. A chronic illness is classified as an illness with no cure and has symptoms that persist over a long period of time. Diabetes is not a fatal illness, except in a few rare and severe cases. It is one of the most common chronic illnesses that a person can get. About 16 million Americans have diabetes and diabetes is most common in Hispanics and native Americans. About 5% (800,000) have type I which only occurs in young people. People

Klyment Tan March 2, 1998 Ozone in Medicine: Modern Magic Bullet or Fatal Deception? Ozone may be one of the most misunderstood medical achievements of this century. In this essay, facts will be filtered from politics to find the answer to this question: Ozone-the modern magic bullet or fatal deception? First of all, what is ozone? As defined in the Encarta Encyclopedia: Ozone (Greek ozein, "to smell"), allotropic form of oxygen having three atoms in each molecule, formula O3. It is a

For the last few decades, cloning was a fictitious idea that lay deep within the pages of some sci-fi novels. The very idea that cloning could one day become reality was thought to be a scientific impossibility by many experts but on one exhilarating day, what was thought to be "purely fiction" became reality. That fine day was February 22, 1997. A team from the Roslin Institute which was lead by Dr. Ian Wilmut changed the face of history forever by revealing what looked like an average shee

In the world's oceans, the surface currents move the oceans' surface water. This occurs in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. From a diagram of these surface currents, a number of conclusions can be made about the general patterns of the surface currents. One of these conclusions includes that they go clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. The Northern Pacific circulation goes around in a clockwise rotation. The same thing happens in the Nort

--Characters: Theseus-leader of the basement roach colony Egeus-father of Hermia Lysander-in love with Hermia Demetrius-in love with Hermia, despises Helena Hermia-daughter of Egeus, in love with Lysander Helena-in love with Demetrius Hyppolotia-betrothed to Theseus Oberon-King of the Fairies Titania-Queen of the Fairies Puck/Robin Goodfellow-attendant to Oberon Jimmy Jo Bob-child of the house, has a playroom in the basement --Scene: An old house, in the basement and inside the wall

1/29/99 Biology 2 Period 2 Charles Darwin The "un"Scientific Theory of Evolution and the Manufactured Evidenced used Drunken Scientists to Support this Exaggerated Theory. Preface: Teaching the Theory of Evolution is like teaching the Bible in a public school. It's biased and unsupported and is banned by the constitution. I attended Catholic schools for four years. I was subsequently expelled. That experience has left me with the open-mindedness to proceed with t

Atavism According to WebsterOs dictionary atavism, from the Latin atavus meaning ancestor, is OA reoccurrence in an organism or in any of its parts a form typical of ancestry more remote then the parents usually due to genetic recombinations. A throwback.O This means that a person with an atavistic trait, or an atavistic deformity, exhibits a trait that was commonly found in our ancestors but that has been suppressed in the modern generation. Atavism reminds us that the genetic informati

Down Syndrome Down Syndrome is caused by a trisomy of the 21st chromosome, which means that there are three of chromosome 21 instead of 2. Symptoms of the disorder include: mental retardation, abnormal creases in the palm, a flat face, sparse and strait hair and short stature. People with Down syndrome are also at a high risk for cardiac anomalies, leukemia, cataracts and digestive blockage. Fifty percent of babies with the syndrome die before age one. Down syndrome can be detected by

Could an exploding star have been responsible for the death of the dinosaurs? This idea has become popular again as an explanation for the disappearance of the dinosaurs. An exploding star can blast material enormous distances into space. If this material reached Earth's atmosphere, changes may have occurred that were harmful to life. We call an exploding star a supernova. Nova is the Latin word for new, and in ancient times, when an exploding star was observed, people often thought a ne