"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>

Journal Writing Project: Rare, spectacular and under-recognized


By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

There are billions of inhabitants on this earth with many amazing abilities and talents. Yet most people know of only a few or none of these creatures. We get so caught up in our lives that we rarely stop to think about who we are sharing our planet with. In my last article I would like to dedicate it to all the strange creatures of our world with extraordinary talents that have been left without the recognition they truly deserve.

I would like to start with the pangolin, the most hunted animal in the world. I’ll even admit that I only recently learned about the pangolin, and it is the creature that inspired me to do this article. The pangolin is a prehistoric creature that looks like a combination of an anteater and armadillo. The pangolin is the only mammal with scales. (telegraph.co.uk, 2015). The following facts also come from the same source. There are currently eight species of pangolin known to man. A pangolin’s scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine thought to cure cancer and other ailments and go for around $3,000 on the black market. Their scales are made out of keratin, the same thing our fingernails are made out of. So I do not see why they are so sought after. Pangolins’ claws allow them to climb trees and dig through concrete. Yes, concrete! Amazing, isn’t it. They curl into a tight ball when they feel threatened and release a noxious gas similar to a skunk. Some species can even spray this liquid. Finally, the pangolin can fight and can compete with a lion. Lions, tigers and other big cats are a pangolin’s natural predator. However, pangolins often outsmart the big cats by rolling into a ball. Its scales are too tough for even a lion to bite through.

The axolotl is a neotenous salamander. Neotenous means it never leaves the larvae stage, even after reaching sexual maturity. This may be the secret to its amazing self-healing abilities. Whether it is cut or a complete limb is torn off, coagulation immediately begins, and a new limb is grown, or the cut is completely healed. It can regrow its bones, blood vessels, nerves, parts of the brain, and non vital organs. It only takes a couple of months to completely regenerate its organs.

Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish can repeatedly revert back to its polyp form. This is basically like being an adult and then turning back into a baby. So it’s immortal, if it can avoid being eaten by predators in its polyp form.

The water .....
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Rare, spectacular and under-recognized

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

There are billions of inhabitants on this earth with many amazing abilities and talents. Yet most people know of only a few or none of these creatures. We get so caught up in our lives that we rarely stop to think about who we are sharing our plane ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Growing Up in a Small Town

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Dear residents of 55954, Being a senior in high school and graduating next month, I have had a lot of time reflect on my years at Mabel-Canton. There has always the ups and the downs, and I realize now that the ups outweigh the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Growing Up in a Small Town

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Dear residents of 55954, Being a senior in high school and graduating next month, I have had a lot of time reflect on my years at Mabel-Canton. There has always the ups and the downs, and I realize now that the ups outweigh the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Dual enrollment

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Dual enrollment is when a high school student is taking a class for both college and high school credit. This is a good opportunity for high school students who are looking to further their education while they are still needing to complete their hi ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: Dual enrollment

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Dual enrollment is when a high school student is taking a class for both college and high school credit. This is a good opportunity for high school students who are looking to further their education while they are still needing to complete their hi ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson


A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
[Read the Rest]
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>