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Old 03-28-2013, 07:10 AM   #11356
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1. What are the main endocrine glands of the human body?
2. Why does the urinary volume increase when alcoholic beverages are ingested?
3. Why is there a sense of pressure change inside the ear when someone goes down a mountain?
4. What is the difference between gills and lungs?
5. On average what is the life duration of the red blood cells? Where are they destroyed?
1. Thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, ovaries/testes
2. Because they contain a lot of water?
3. The middle ear is sealed, except for the eustacian tubes. Going down a mountain, the outside air pressure increases, but the pressure in the middle ear doesn't, and you feel he difference on your ear-drum, until the pressures equalise through the eustacian tubes.
4. Gills extract oxygen from water, lungs from air.
5. About six weeks? They're destroyed in the liver, I think.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #11357
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2. Because alcohol is a diuretic (a substance that increases the production of urine).
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A Multi-part question about us!

1. What are the main endocrine glands of the human body?
2. Why does the urinary volume increase when alcoholic beverages are ingested?
3. Why is there a sense of pressure change inside the ear when someone goes down a mountain?
4. What is the difference between gills and lungs?
5. On average what is the life duration of the red blood cells? Where are they destroyed?
2. Alcohol is a poison, and the body cannot digest alcohol. The alcohol must therefore leave the body via urine. Since urine can contain only a certain concentration of alcohol, the body must use its own water to reduce the concentration of alcohol in the urine. This is why large amounts of spiritus makes you thirsty

4. Water flows over the gills, and the gills absorb oxygen from the water. The lungs suck in air, and takes oxygen from there. There are also other differences; size, etc., but I believe this is the main difference

5. Red blood cells "lives" about 100 days. Since they lack a cell core (and therefore have no DNA) they cannot repair themselves. They are collected and broken down in the liver and new blood cells are created inside the large bones in the body
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #11359
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1. What are the main endocrine glands of the human body? Pdurrant got most of 'em! Missed the parathyroids, but full credit anyway.
2. Why does the urinary volume increase when alcoholic beverages are ingested? Bilbo for the correct answer but without the reasoning. Let's call it 3/4 credit.
3. Why is there a sense of pressure change inside the ear when someone goes down a mountain? Pdurrant full credit
4. What is the difference between gills and lungs? Yes, but not the biological answer I was looking for.
5. On average what is the life duration of the red blood cells? Where are they destroyed? Nope, not even close


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Old 03-28-2013, 07:53 AM   #11360
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5. Red blood cells "lives" about 100 days. Since they lack a cell core (and therefore have no DNA) they cannot repair themselves. They are collected and broken down in the liver and new blood cells are created inside the large bones in the body
Close, very close, but no cigar... Sorry.


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Old 03-28-2013, 08:30 AM   #11361
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Nice little lecture on medicine. Love it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:37 AM   #11362
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5. 60 days? Gallbladder?
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #11363
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Nice little lecture on medicine. Love it.
Even as a kid I loved playing 'Doctor.' Frankly, I think I enjoy it even more these days.


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5. 60 days? Gallbladder?
Nope. Try again!


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Old 03-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #11364
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The spleen has something to do with red blood cells but I thought it helped make them, not destroy them but I am running out of organs.

120 days?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #11365
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #11366
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4. Gills have the oxygen absorbing surfaces on the outside, lungs have the oxygen absorbing surfaces on the inside
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:51 PM   #11367
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5. 3 - 4 months and destroyed by macrophages in spleen and liver
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120 days?
Nope... it destroys them, converting them to billirubin (sp?) which gets processed by the liver and gall bladder for removal. It does so after about 120 days!

We'll give this one to you this time, just for using the correct words.

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Sorry, but that's a saprophytic relationship. They sort of use each other, no destruction.

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4. Gills have the oxygen absorbing surfaces on the outside, lungs have the oxygen absorbing surfaces on the inside
Well.... yeesss.... and I'll give full credit 'cuz it kind of was what I was after and it IS accurate. What I really wanted was a simpler; lungs ARE inside, gills ARE outside.

But I think Paul has trumped this questions with enough correct answers (somebody tell me if I'm wrong) so let's turn the podium over to Pdurrant.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:11 AM   #11369
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Well.... yeesss.... and I'll give full credit 'cuz it kind of was what I was after and it IS accurate. What I really wanted was a simpler; lungs ARE inside, gills ARE outside.

But I think Paul has trumped this questions with enough correct answers (somebody tell me if I'm wrong) so let's turn the podium over to Pdurrant.
Umm.... while many amphibians have external gills at some point in their life, most (all?) fish gills are internal.

But I'll take up the quiz mantel. A quick multiple choice.

1. Adam is married. Caleb is unmarried. Adam is looking at Ben, Ben is looking at Caleb. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person?
A: Yes
B: No
C: It's impossible to tell

2. I offer you an even money bet that I will roll a six in three rolls of a fair die. If you enjoy gambling when the odds are in your favour, should you take the bet?
A: Yes
B: No

3. Norwich and London are 150 miles apart. A car sets off from Norwich towards London at 40mph and a bicycle sets off from London to Norwich at 10mph at the same time. Which is closer to London when they pass?
A. The car
B. The bicycle
C. The blue one next to the fish.
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Umm.... while many amphibians have external gills at some point in their life, most (all?) fish gills are internal.

But I'll take up the quiz mantel. A quick multiple choice.

1. Adam is married. Caleb is unmarried. Adam is looking at Ben, Ben is looking at Caleb. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person?
A: Yes
B: No
C: It's impossible to tell

2. I offer you an even money bet that I will roll a six in three rolls of a fair die. If you enjoy gambling when the odds are in your favour, should you take the bet?
A: Yes
B: No

3. Norwich and London are 150 miles apart. A car sets off from Norwich towards London at 40mph and a bicycle sets off from London to Norwich at 10mph at the same time. Which is closer to London when they pass?
A. The car
B. The bicycle
C. The blue one next to the fish.
1. C. Impossible to tell. Adam is looking at Ben, but we don't know whether Ben is married or unmarried. Ben is looking at Caleb, but the same yields. We don't know whether Caleb is looking back at Ben (Caleb could have his back turned at Ben), so without knowing the status of Ben, nothing is certain.

2. B. It's 50% chance, so the odds can't be said to be in my favour (assuming "odds in my favour" <=> "odds > 50%"). Unless, of course, that I choose to gamble even though I don't enjoy it

3. A, B and C. Both the car and the bicycle has the same distance from London when they meet. So if only one answer is allowed, C is the only possibility. If one or more answers are allowed, A and B is my guess

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