Monthly Archives: September 2014

Health Dangers Associated with High Perchlorate Levels in Public Water Systems

Perchlorate is a natural and manmade chemical used in rocket fuel, fireworks and fertilizers. As a contaminant of water, it has been found in 4 percent of U.S. public water systems. In a study, researchers found that high perchlorate levels … Continue reading

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Related to Professor Bazely’s mention of invasive species in Toronto during Monday’s class…

A common invasive species in Southeastern Canada is the Cynanchum rossicum, also known as the dog-strangling vine. It is known to cause severe infestation in the natural vegetation of young to mid-aged forests and plantations in the Toronto region. Cynanchum … Continue reading

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Mutualism resulting in range expansion

Professor Bazely hosted a talk today, presented by Michelle Afkhami. For those of you that were not there, I thought I’de share a brief overview of the talk since it was interesting to learn some new stuff, and it directly … Continue reading

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How plankton can theoretically be jet lagged

Hormone that govern sleep and jet lag in humans also drives mass migration of plankton. Melatonin Signaling Controls Circadian Swimming Behavior in Marine Zooplankton           Melatonin, the hormone that governs sleep and jet lag in humans, … Continue reading

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Are seeds alive?

This may seem like a very basic biological question, if a plant can emerge from a seed then of course it’s alive.  But how is it alive? It doesn’t appear to undergo photosynthesis to respire or metabolise.  I guess this … Continue reading

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This Month In Science! A storified report!

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The Loss of Mountain-Top meadows due to Invasive Species

Last year in Dr. Bazely’s plant ecology class, I decided to do my paper on invasive species that affect North American ecosystems. It’s a bit odd to think that trees can be an invasive species to an ecosystem but this … Continue reading

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