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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.

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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 ..... 
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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 ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Herbs

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Bt Sara Vettleson-Trutza Think about this: a woman has a chronic illness. She takes a conventional medication and has been doing so for a long time. The medication works sometimes and does an okay job, but the ailment never seems to be working. Her ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Standardizing the World

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

For years schools all over the world have been requiring students to take a standardized test to gauge their knowledge levels. I don’t believe that it should be a requirement for people to take the tests. By using standardized tests, the gover ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Camera obscura

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Camera is latin for room, and obscura is latin for dark.(cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014) Basically it’s where an outside image is projected into a room upside down. It’s actually something very simple and easy to make. You could make one in your ow ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can br ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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