When they are released from the mushroom, spores can attain accelerations of 30,000 G, many thousands of times faster than a space shuttle leaving the atmosphere. Today, take a close look into how mushrooms achieve this incredible rate using nothing more than water and a bit of physics.Read More
We are a collection of researchers working in a wide variety of fields including microbiology, ecology, agriculture, dairy science, marine biology, and the philosophy of science.
What do we have in common? A desire to bring science in easily digestible and understandable pieces for those who are interested.
Last week I found out it takes more than three and a half gallons of water to grow one head of lettuce. Maybe you saw this article too. I wasn’t sure if that was a lot of water or not - plants do need water to grow. But how much do they need? Digging further into the source of the article, I found a concept that I hadn’t heard about - the water footprint of a crop.Read More
Sponges can filter 50,000x their own volume in a day! What does this mean for nutrient availability on coral reefs? Find out more about current research aimed at finding out how sponges are changing the water chemistry on coral reefs in the Florida Keys.Read More
Discos! Clams! Poisonous mucus! Ordinarily, you would think these three things have nothing in common, but evolution and a certain species found deep in the marine caves of Indonesia have paired up to prove you wrong. What does that mean? Read on to find out more!Read More
We know it's important to go green, but you might also want to consider going blue too.
Blue carbon is carbon (carbon dioxide) that is sequestered and stored by marine habitats like mangrove forests, estuaries, and the rocky intertidal. Knowing the carbon cycle, studies have shown that these marine habitats take in and hold more carbon than terrestrial habitats like rainforests. Thus these habitats could greatly help us in reducing our carbon footprint!
Interested in learning more? Read on!Read More
After 16 years and nearly $3 billion, the Human Genome Project was officially completed in 2004. This challenging task of sequencing and assembling a human genome was achieved through the collaboration of 20 international institutions and more than 200 scientists. However, today a single laboratory can sequence a human genome in only a few months at a fraction of the cost. This is made possible by next-generation sequencing technologies, and among these, Illumina is king!Read More
With the thought of inspiring a new generation of scientists, Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, in partnership with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, came up with the idea of creating a mod for Minecraft that could educate kids about quantum physics through first-hand experience and experimentation, without the kids even knowing they are practicing! They called it qCraft.Read More
In October of 2006 a lake effect storm, called 'Aphid' raged through the actual city of Buffalo (whereas, this years storm was actually south of the city). As part of the plant community, I know a narrow selection of Buffalonians, but those I know are quite passionate - they still talk of the devastation to the trees that this storm caused.Read More
By observing something, you change it. It’s a phenomenon that occurs in all areas of science. We don’t know what’s inside a tree until we cut it down. We can’t observe tiny organisms without disturbing them and putting them under a microscope. We can’t see into the abyss without shining a light into it. Many wild animals are very sensitive to the presence of humans and change their behavior when they know we’re around. So how much do we really know about the lives of tortoises, rhinos, bumblebees, clams, and all the rest?Read More