Any ideas for an easy research experiment for a college biology class?
I’m taking a biological writing class and we have to come up with an experiment we could actually do. We have to write a research proposal (I think), an annotated bibliography, and we have to have real journal articles, etc to back up our proposal and final paper. I cant think of any type of easy experiment at the college level. any ideas? Any easy to understand articles that you’ve read lately? I’d appreciate any help. Thanks
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MARINA CAILLAUD (section 8) On leave 2009-10
* Differential gene expression in the pea aphid. Microarray analysis revealed that several candidate genes are differentially expressed between two host races (alfalfa and clover). Undergraduate Research students will use RT-PCR and qRT-PCR to verify differential expression and identify genes involved in the feeding behavior of aphids.
ED CLUETT (section 6) 2009-10 Opportunities
* mechanisms and pathways of cholesterol transport inside cells
* effect of the cholesterol environment on protein function and its relation to diseases: NPC1 and processing of Amyloid Precursor Protein
* lab activities for high school biology classes
JASON HAMILTON (section 7) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Maple syrup production: climate correlates for a tasty treat
* Non-Timber Forest Products: how to grow an edible mushroom
* Non-Timber Forest Products: can we grow paw paws here?
* Citizen Science: “New” ways to monitor wildlife range changes
* The Power of the Sun: Development of a solar fountain on I.C. Campus
* Ecosystem complexity in practice: let’s build a wetland
* Sustainable food systems: let’s eat a bug
JEAN HARDWICK (section 3) 2009-10 Opportunities
* regulation of parasympathetic neurons
JOHN HOPPLE (section 12) 2009-10 Opportunities
* understanding evolutionary relationships of species in the genus Coprinus (the inky caps) from molecular and morphological characters
* reconciling biological and phylogenetic species concepts in fungi
* reconstructing a fungal taxonomy congruent with phylogeny exploring macroevolutionary changes in spore dispersal in basidiomycetes
MAKI INADA (section 13) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Investigation of SR protein splicing and regulation in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
LEANN KANDA (section 11) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Activity patterns and space use of mink
* Relationship between social status and movement behaviors in dwarf hamsters
* Behavioral syndromes in muskrat
KIRWIN PROVIDENCE (section 10) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Determining the mechanism used (by two different species of bacteria) to inhibit proper skin-wound healing. (Project with relevance to Human health and Medicine)
* Design and use of micro-fabricated devices to aid in studying skin cell motility (such as observed during wound repair). (Project with relevance to Human health and Medicine)
* Identification of specific algae proteins that mediate initial cell adhesion and subsequent biofilm formation. (Project with relevance to Environmental science)
PETER MELCHER (section 9) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Determining factors that affect the biomechanical properties of bordered pit membranes in plants
* Evaluating how xylem-wounding affects the measure of stem hydraulic resistance
* Determining a method to measure the hydraulic resistance in tissue that contain multiple ears of growth
* Assessing the impact of leaf extract on soil microbial activity
ANDY SMITH (section 5) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Using biochemical and mechanical experiments to characterize the cross-linking mechanism of gel-based biological glues
* Identifying factors that control the mechanical properties of biological glues
BRUCE SMITH (section 1) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Pheromone communication in water mites
* Mating behavior: female choice and male-male competition in water mites
* Sex-ratio skew in mites: how & why specialize in producing male or female offspring?
* Summer research at Queen’s Univ. Biological Station in Canada
SUSAN SWENSEN (section 2) 2009-10 Opportunities
* Evolutionary history of plants and insect parasites
* Projects in sustainability science
How is soil pollution occur?What is the solution of soil pollution?
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Modifications of soil features or, more generally, of its chemical and biological balance, caused by the discharge of polluting substances.
There are four sorts of polluted land:
Places where gas works, oil refineries, oil storage depots nuclear power stations and chemical factories have been built
Refuse dumps where domestic and industrial waste are deposited
Agricultural land where modern farming methods have been practised
The rest of the world’s land surface
The first might be regarded as the price we have to pay for what such places produce as long as the pollution stays where it is. Unfortunately movement of vehicles on to and off the land, run-off of rain water and dust carried by the wind spread the pollution further afield. There is also no way to prevent wildlife getting onto such land and picking up the injurious material directly.
The second is the result of wilful refusal to build in the cost of treating such waste to make it less harmful when calculating the prices of products and of refuse disposal.
The third is the result of the use or misuse of chemical “aids” such as fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and so on, coupled with the practice of monoculture which creates the illusion of their necessity.
Chemical fertilisers were introduced because of a shortage of organic ones as animal husbandry changed and declined. Applied with care, using the correct amounts to correct deficiencies that have been measured in the soil, they increase yields and do little harm. They are usually applied without prior checks to determine need, and usually in too large quantities despite the extra cost this involves.
The surplus leaches out into the drainage system (the nearest river) upsetting the balance of nutrients in the water and causing excessive growth of water plants such as blanket weed. Other plants are choked and the food chains of which they are parts wither away and die.
Insecticides have been used for many years. The old ones quickly degraded in the soil and did no harm. Their modern equivalents persist for many years, pass up the food chain to affect insectivorous fish, birds and mammals and the predators that feed on them, at the same time destroying many soil micro-organisms on which the natural fertility of the land depends.
They also drift well beyond the areas to which they are intended to be applied, often affecting land where domestic pets are exercised. The animals absorb the pesticides through the skin of their feet or ingest it when grooming themselves, an increasingly common cause of domestic pet ailments.
The fourth type of polluted land results from phenomena such as “acid rain”. Quantities deposited at a time are very small, but because the materials are so persistent the effect is cumulative over many years. Often the effect is not visible for a long time, then there is a sudden decline in the health of the ecosystem and a near-desert results.
i want to do mechanical project for final year. Any one give a idea?
Windmill Farms answers:
Two Axis Sliding Table
Single Axis Sliding Table
Sliding Table for Grinding Machine
Automatic Blanking Machine
Automatic PVC Pipe Cutting Machine
Automatic Injection Molding
Fabrication of Drilling M/C with Tapping Attachment
Fabrication of Wind Mill
Solar Water Heater
Fabricating of Micro Holes Driller
Pneumatic Door Opener
Pneumatic Hand Drilling
Chicken Skin Peeler
Fabrication of Automatic Cone Winding
Fabrication of Pulverize
Fabrication of Automatic Envelope Folding Machine
Automatic Hammer Striker
Fabrication of Coil Winding Machine
Sheet Metal Bend Removing Machine
Fabrication of Yarn Pigment Tester
Fabrication of Key Way Milling Machine
Fabrication of Tilt able Extension Ladder
Fabrication of Duplicate Key Making Machine
Automated Dimensioning Machine
Automatic Drilling Machine
Pneumatic Punching Machine
Automatic Coil Winding Machine
Gas Monitoring System
CNC Bar Feeding Machine
Fabrication of Spring Rolling Machine
Fabrication of Sheet Metal Cutting
Fabrication of Drilling M/C with Key Way Attachment
Indexing Table for Drilling Machine
Design of Effluent Treatment Plant
Automatic filing system
Single Cylinder Double Acting Pump
Solar Based Oven
CNC Thermo Coal Cutting Machine
Paint Mixing Machine
Automatic Cone Releaser
Automatic Sealing Machine
Pneumatic Hand Grinder
Band Saw Cutting Machine
Manual Injection Molding
Fabrication of Drilling Machine with Variable Speed Drive In Level Method
Fabrication of Drilling Machine with Variable Speed Drive In Screw Method
Fabrication of Oven
Jigs And Fixtures
Fabrication of Hydraulic Press
Mini Milling Machine
Fabrication of Semi-Automatic Ramming M/C
Design & Fabrication of Soft Start Couplings
Motorized Power Jack
Automatic Crane System
Auto Gearing System
Remote Material Handler
Hydraulic Noodles Machine
Automatic Bar Feeding Mechanism
Hydraulic Scissor Jack
Hydraulic Screw Jack
Automated Material Transferring System
Conveyer For Industries
Automatic filling system
Automatic car shutter
Automatic steering controlled lead lamps
Remote controlled wheel chair
ABC controlling through switch
What is the difference between Port of Spain and Kingston?
Has anyone lived in both? If so, what is the difference? Which one is bigger? More cosmopolitan? More things to do?
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Traffic entering into Kingston from the west takes people from areas like Montego bay and other places across Jamaica,once on Mandela Rd/high w 2000 going in town/[Capitol] you’ll be greeted by the aswome view of the Blue Mountains which apppears massive,& blue.
And many high rise buildings in the financial center and down town.
Both cities are capitols for the respective countries.
Traffic entering Port of Spain is from the east, as there are over 600,000 populous persons who commute by the Roosevelt high way,from places like Arima.
With a new sky scrapper being builded to house a commercial fincial center on the water front of PoS,its well on its way to be develop city & country by its set date of 2020,with the old Eric williams twin towers/plaza,already dominating the area.
Kingston is Bigger in terms of Population,500,000 plus when Incorporated with Port more another 300,000 plus its 800,000. Most of the population comprises of African descendants.
But you will find many other racies disburse through Kingston.
Port of Spain Trinidad has a population 49,000,40 indian 40 Afro.Multiracial society.
Kingston has the financial district were all head quarters are for national and international businesses on whole,import oriented,economy stagnant,Jamaica import more than US 400 million worth of goods and services from the eastern Caribbean,however life styles may not reflect that in more are less visible or affluent places.
Port of Spain same thing lots of big operations are base there industrially. Export oriented,booming economy,due to wind fall from petroleum.
Port of Spain is the most industrious area in the English speaking Caribbean,second only to Puerto rico.
Kingston gives you night life beyond that of Port of Spain with the list of places like the Acropolis a gaming lounge and many other high end business like restaurant Bar movie theaters and etc; all present in short driving distances.
Of course Port of Spain has the Biggest Carnival and the best.
Kingston also has its own which is also famous there.
Lots of hotels that are more customer friendly can be found in Kingston- Jamaica,Due to the fact, tourism is the life blood of the country.
View here for activities.
Port of Spain also has good hotels but are rather smaller in size,but still good service.
This site give you a few things that can be done while there,
Trinidads Port of Spain is also the main shipping hub of the southern Carib-region,because the port is in the Gulf of paria on the north west coast were many indutrial sites are located there are no notable beaches there.
Jamaica is also a main hub for large container Ships with expansion occuring,and boast the 7 natural largest harbour in the world.
Looking for beaches,are little afar however with some reservations you can jet/ferry out to lime cay beach or drive over to Hellshire, which offer good beaches.
Kingston can give just about anything from Calypso even though they don’t own it to R&B, Reggaeton and even world reknown Reggae authentically the best,which they do own.
Jamaica is indeed the cultural super power in the region and bursting with micro environmental natural beauty.
By the way you can climb Jamaica highest peak [2256 m/7402 ft] in the english speaking Caribbean in a day which is only 10 miles out of Kingston, and be back in the city for Dinner.
The Northern range in Trinidad is also beauti ful however the variety of plants and birds differ alot more in the Blue and John crow Mountains,so too climate.
Do you like waterwheels?
I’ve been all hung up in new forms of making renewable energy. Over the past week, the sole question I’ve been asking people is “Does blue work for you?” Many people liked the thought of tidal and wave farms. Others supported the idea of pipelining seawater from a desalination plant into cities in the desert like Phoenix and Tucson. Some agreed with the principle of amphibious houses on lakes and riverbeds and offshore prisons on former oil rigs. I have something new to chew on. Do you like the idea of hydro power generated from a waterwheel along a major river. They call them “stream engines.” Imagine a medieval looking waterwheel along the banks of the Mississippi. Are you on board with this idea? Does blue work for you again?
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Those are common with “run of river” micro hydro which skirts around water property rights a little as the water isn’t really being diverted or constrained.
Of course, micro hydro requires that you do have a suitable stream or water feature on your property, this and water property rights is the main limiting factor to micro hydro.
Fossil fuels, biomass, hydro and wind are all methods of tapping solar energy. Biomass is energy collected via photosynthesis, fossil fuels is energy collected via photosynthesis and stored over millions of years, hydro is from the evaporation of water which precipitates at a higher elevation and flows back towards the sea and wind is from thermal gradients in the atmosphere due to heating from the sun. You’ll note that there’s some degree of inefficiency in all of these, rain doesn’t just happen at high elevations, and even photosynthesis has a maximum theoretical efficiency of only 6.6% and it’s rare for the entire plant to be converted to chemical fuel. However, the current record efficiency for photovoltaic cells is 42.8% and rising, the only issue now is cost, it’s difficult for photovoltaics to compete price-wise with nature regardless of how inefficient natural processes can be when nature is essentially free or at least we don’t pay the cost of it.
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