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Feather Bits

By Richard K. Simpson

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  • Iridescence: bright rainbow-like colors that can change depending on the angle you look at them or the angle light hits them.
  • Pressure: a force against an object. Like when you use your hand to push a door open.
  • Thrust: to push in one direction.

Flashcard facts and information about feathers

Biology Bits stories are a great way for you to learn about biology a little bit at a time. We’ve broken down information into pieces that are very tiny—bite-sized biology cards. Cutting out the cards will let you organize them however you want, or use them as flashcards while you read.

This set of bits will teach you about the many ways birds use one of their finest features: feathers. To learn more about the science behind feathers, visit Feather Biology.

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Beaver Teeth

Here are some pieces of biology that you can sink your teeth into. One bit at a time.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.