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Tess Bub

Tess Taggart Bub has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in data science from Houghton College. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research in the areas of climate science, ecology, and muscle biology. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center studying host cellular response to viral infection. She is a strong believer that science can change the world, especially when it’s shared. In her free time, she loves communicating science, playing guitar and piano, and running. Writing for smore gives Tess the opportunity to help inspire a new generation of women in STEM.

Pyroraptor olympius dinosaur covered in feathers

Are Dinosaurs Reptiles or Birds?

Most dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago. It is likely that an asteroid hit Earth, destroying many types of creatures. Before this, dinosaurs lived for 165 million years on Earth. We know this because of scientists called paleontologists who study the past through fossil records. Fossil records gained popularity with Mary Anning’s work.  Scientists …

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How do Cavities Form?

Our teeth have important jobs. They help us to eat our food, which is the first step in digestion. They also help us to form words when we speak. So it is very important to keep our teeth healthy by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. But sometimes, even with brushing, our teeth can become damaged, …

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Types of Microbes

Types of Microbes – Which are Beneficial, and Which are Harmful?

Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites sound pretty scary. These are the main categories of microbes, or tiny organisms. Some microbes have a bad reputation, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that started the COVID-19 pandemic. But did you know that microbes are not all bad? Some of them are even helpful to our bodies! Table of Contents …

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"Signaling in Neurons" by National Institutes of Health (NIH

Chemistry of Emotions

What do you think of when you hear the word “chemistry?” You might think of a mad scientist pouring liquid into a flask and causing an eruption of foam in multiple colors! If you are watching TV or a movie, chemistry is often shown in this way. It can be fun, explosive, and unpredictable! However, …

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The Science of Baking

Have you ever forgotten to add an ingredient when you’re baking cookies or a cake? Some ingredients are more important than others, but they all have special jobs in making your dessert taste yummy. Baking is an everyday process that depends on chemistry and physics to work.   Let’s break down some common ingredients and chemical …

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How Does The Body Fight Viruses?

Viruses need to infect cells and multiply. But our bodies have special ways to stop a virus in its tracks!

Table of Contents Why do viruses infect people? Viruses like COVID-19 are obligate pathogens. That means they depend on hosts to survive. Specifically, they need to infect host cells. Cells are the building blocks that make up the body. Viruses can find ways to get into those cells and use them as factories to make …

How Does The Body Fight Viruses?

Viruses need to infect cells and multiply. But our bodies have special ways to stop a virus in its tracks!

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