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Is this some sort of fungus?

There is something strange growing straight out of the glass windows at work. They look like hairs, about half an inch long, and each have a white spot on the tip of them, slightly weighing them down. ...
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How are some people able to continue growing after reaching maturity?

This is technically a cross-post of a question posted last year concerning gigantism and how certain people are able to grow far past expectations after it's assumed they've reached maturity. How are ...
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Is there a law that defines an upper bound for the speed of growth of an organism?

I was wondering if there is some biological law (or chemical/physical law for that matter) that limits how fast an organism can grow. I know that the growth of a plant is often restricted by the ...
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Are thunder and lightning necessary for any organisms?

Comparatively irregular events such as forest fires are necessary for some plants to grow (see here). But do any plant or animal species have similar dependence on thunder and/or lightning?
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Exponential growth equation and bacteria

I'm a microbiologist, but I'm teaching some ecology in my intro-level course, so when we got to population growth, I thought I'd use the example of a microbial population. But, I hit a strange problem ...
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How do cells grow (ie. gain mass)? [closed]

I have some basic knowledge of the cell cycle. However, I don't understand how cells grow in the Gap phases. How do cells grow? And how does consumed food transfer mass to cells?
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At what age does the mouse skull stop growing?

Unless otherwise mandated, neuroscientific research on mice is done with ~7-week old animals. There is a sort-of mantra that at this age their skulls stop growing. However, recently, I noticed a ...
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I don't want to know what bacteria is called but if the bacteria from unborn babies have benifits on health? [duplicate]

This question is not the same as the duplicate. I was told that when babies are born they are born with bacteria in their stomach. When a child takes antibiotics are there unique bacteria destroyed ...
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Are Young Girls Stronger than Young Boys?

According to "common wisdom" the average man has, as a proportion of his body weight, 50% more muscle mass than the average woman. This is in addition to how the average man is several inches taller ...
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The properties of benign tumours

Do benign tumours have no functioning apoptosis mechanisms ? If so what stops benign tumours from excessive growth? Also can a benign tumour have a functioning apoptosis mechanism?
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How does a seed determine when to start germination?

I'm sure there are many different ways for seeds of different species, but what is a general rule? Is it some kind of ideal temperature & wetness that triggers a chemical reaction? What factors ...
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Escaping resource limitations during tumor evolution

In their discussion of the importance of r- and K-selection on tumors, Aktipis et al. (2013; figure 3) provide the following illustration of a hypothetical cancer growth curve: In it, you can see ...
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Does the bending of a tree's trunk in the wind stimulate and strengthen root growth?

Recently Southern California experienced extreme wind velocities and afterwards the news reported over 300 trees had fallen in San Diego County. I had either heard or read somewhere that the action of ...
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heterolog bodysites development?

Would it actually be possible due to unhomogen distribution of growth factors in the growth of an embryo to develop conditions like Polydactyly only on one side of the body or in an even stranger ...
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Values of Miu_max and Ks from parameter estimation?

Background I have this simple biomass growth model: $$ \mu = \mu_{max}\cdot \left(\frac{S}{K_S+S}\right) \cdot \left(\frac{1}{1+S/K_{iS}}\right) \cdot \left(\frac{K_{iP}}{K_{iP}+P}\right) \\ \frac{...
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Which algae grow fastest under optimal conditions?

I'm interested in what the fastest growing microalgae are under optimal conditions for photoautotrophic growth (energy from photosynthesis only). Fastest can be interpreted as either shortest ...
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Lighting device efficacy for plant growth

Background Consider the following technologies: 100 lm/W OLED (2008, source) 303 lm/W LED (2014, source) 94 lm/W LEP (2015, source) For growing food, the preferred measurement is ...
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How to measure growth of algae with colorimeter

I am doing an lab for IB Bio and don't know how to use a colorimeter to measure growth in algae. The experiment I am doing will measure the effect of pH on algae growth. The algae will be taken from a ...
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Why are cancer rates low in large animals?

Large animals generally have more cells and live longer than smaller animals. For example, bowhead whales live up to 200 years and weigh up to 100 tonnes, as opposed to humans (living ~71 years and ...
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Why is it easy to separate the cotton wool from the roots of young plants grown in cotton?

In my book it is said that if we grow Maize and Gram seeds in wet cotton, after the seeds are sprouted it is easy to separate the cotton wool from the roots of young plants. My question is why is it ...
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Cause-and-effect questions about growth and development of plant

I need to solve some cause-and-effect problems. The problems are related to growth and development of plant. "Growth and Development" chapter is the first chapter in third level of high school (senior ...
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Which of these methods is both effective and reliable in elongate muscle and tendon for use in humans: growth factors or stem cell technology

Which method is it the most effective, but also the most reliable for elongating muscle and tendons for clinical trial; using modern growth factor technology or using modern stem cell technology? ...
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Calculating the canopy size (crown) of a newly planted tree at a future date

Assuming that one knows the maximum area of the canopy and the age of the tree when it achieves this. And given an initial canopy size from the nursery. How would I calculate the canopy size at a ...
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Does Acromegaly cause actual expansion of the zygomatic(cheek) bone

Acromegaly is a disorder in adults involving excess growth hormone production. Since epiphyseal fusion has already taken place in most bones of adults , this does not cause an increase in stature. ...
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Why do humans stop growing? [closed]

Humans grow most quickly when young, and to a lesser extent in preadolescence and early adolescence. However an equilibrium is then reached in adulthood, typically at around 1.6/1.7 meters tall. I ...
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Total dark deprivation at day-neutral plants

First of all, I am not a biologist. Almost for a week, a question has come to my mind: "Is it harmful ceaselessly exposing a plant to light?" (I mean with natural & artificial light with ...
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How does aging affect fingerprint?

Do fingerprints change as we grow from child to adult? Most notably, what is the effect of the increase in surface area of palms and fingers on the finger print? Does the finger print simply increases ...
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Can we artificially increase human growth using HGH?

Robert Pershing Wadlow was a man who lived in the first half of the twentieth century. He had hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which caused him over-produce human growth hormone (HGH), and as a ...
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Pituitary giants - is the fusing of growth plates dependent on amount of growth hormone in blood?

I wanted to ask a couple questions related to pituitary giants (people who are giants because of some anomaly, such as a tumor, in their pituitary gland). Some of these giants seem to keep growing ...
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If higher levels of atmospheric oxygen can lead to larger animals, can it also lead to larger plants?

According to some information, in the ancient past (at least some) animals grew larger due to a higher levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. So for example there is this study regarding dragonflies. ...
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Do people grow shorter as they age, how common is it, and what triggers it?

Is it true that people become gradually shorter as they age? If it is, is it more common in one gender than the other? And is it known what triggers this? (Considering that the "shortening" probably ...
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Circulating factors affecting human health/longevity

Circulating factors present in young mice have been shown to promote rejuvenation of aged mice, suggesting that tissues have inherent capabilities to regenerate, and circulating factors may be ...
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Bigger animals needs bigger amount of oxygen?

Bigger animals, like Elephants, or Dinosaurs for example, are in need for more oxygen than the amount of oxygen that small animals need? (humans, dogs, cats, etc) Thanks in advance.
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Is it possible to simulate the effects of high altitudes for plants?

Note- I considered asking this on gardening.stackexchange.com but i believe it is better suited for this site since it deals with more complicated material. As I understand it, certain plants (...
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Which C. elegans would be appropriate for general study?

Would wild type N2 be best or Dyp-11? I know they're different, but I just want to observe the worms to see life stages, movement, etc. Dyp-11 seems like it would be easy to see but N2 is the wild ...
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What is the fastest growing bacterium?

E. coli has a generation time of about 20 min, and a single CFU will generate a colony a few millimeters in diameter after 16 hours of incubation. Is this the upper limit? How much faster can ...
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Scale up of Bacterial growth from 250mL to 1-5L?

I am currently growing up a specific strain of E.Coli with a knockout in 40mL of growth medium (LB) in a 250mL shaker flask... My ultimate goal is to scale up this process to a 1-5L large scale setup ...
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Genetically improved *Leucaena leucocephala* seeds

I am looking for fast growing Leucaena leucocephala seeds. Now, I am cultivating Leucaena leucocephala which can grow 6 meters in a year. But I am looking for a genetically improved seed which can ...
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How do mushrooms react to being grown in a microgravity environment?

I'll use Agaricus Bisporus as an example mushroom. If cultured in potato dextrose yeast extract agar, will the resulting growth grow in a normal pattern? Will the sporocarps emerge from the surface (...
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Is process, opposite for growth, known for mammals?

Every animal born small, then grow larger and larger. The same is true for parts of the animal bodies. Is there any cases, when body or part of the body diminishes in size and mass, while staying ...
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With an excess supply of nutrients, in how much time will the number of algae cells double in full sun?

I am growing algae in a container in my roof. It gets sunlight for the whole day as there are no clouds nowadays in my area. There is no lack of nutrients as I am constantly adding water mixed with ...
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Do insects' muscles become stronger with exercise?

I am curious to know if insect muscles become stronger with exercise, because I have seen many insects get tired out, but I have never seen one get stronger. They always seem to become permanently ...