Five Phylums of Salad?

The other day, I was struck by something I read online. A poster commented that the menu categories “salad and plant-based salad” had given him pause. I too paused as my mind also immediately envisioned the “green leaf” kind of salad, but then my brain began...

How to Build a Snake Skeleton

When I was diving deep into research for VENOMOUS SECRETS, I studied a lot of lamia images on the internet. Most were women from the waist up, snakes from the waist down. And because my books delve into biology, both real and not-quite-so-real, you know I started...

Antibodies and Antivenom

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/008AntibodiesAntivenom-copy.mp3 Anne Renwick discusses the immune system and how it reacts to snake venom, the inspiration behind the creation of Cait’s character and how she becomes the heroine of VENOMOUS...

That Sexy Groove

It’s in so many romance novels. Mine included. But what is that sexy groove that runs from the hips across the pelvis, disappearing beneath the waistband and directing so many eyes to the groin? I’m going to dive into the anatomy… and end up talking about embryonic...

Curried Pteryform Salad

  Overhead, a dark shadow passed—a hungry pteryform soaring toward the Thames, ready to fish out a kraken or two for breakfast, their preference for the cephalopods the only reason the city council did not launch an armed force to terminate their presence in the...

Cranial Nerves 101

CRANIAL NERVES 101 In THE GOLDEN SPIDER, Lady Amanda Ravensburg invents a clockwork spider that can re-weave nerves. Well, almost. Because, as we learn, there are complications. Many of them. As to the nerves themselves, there is an important difference between...

Sock Mitosis

Sock Mitosis (Cell Division Part 1) This year, my teenager is taking AP Biology. Though he took Biology in 9th grade, he’s forgotten a lot of the details. Including the differences between mitosis and meiosis. Yes, I quizzed him. I’m evil that way. He bore my heavy...

Sock Meiosis

On to MEIOSIS. This is where things start to get messy. Like a teenage boy showed up and threw a week’s worth of socks all over his room… but I digress. So in the case of meiosis, the body is interested in making eggs (and sperm) that are different from each other....

How To Stick a Man To the Wall

In Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) one of the earlier topics covered is the skeletal system. When we examine the pelvis (comprised of two ilia, the sacrum and the coccyx), questions about differences between men and women always arise. Can you tell the difference...

Alcohol Dehydrogenase or Don’t Bet on the Woman

Remember that awesome scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Marion Ravenwood drinks a man in her bar under the table while customers place bets all around her? Well, they were right to wager against her. Your average woman (and admittedly, Marion is not average)...

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