Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wood Hole Marine Biological Lab

Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory is a place for international research in biology. It is an establishment for learning about and researching all different subfields of biology. They offer intense courses that prepare experimental biologists for their future careers . Their staff leads and participates in things like the Gulf Coast Task Force, the monitoring of water quality, and experimental and observational research on marine animals that could later help humans, as the image below expresses

"The South African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) can regenerate the lens of its eye, a process that could one day be replicated in humans." Credit: Barbara Harmon.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The butterfly effect

In essence, the butterfly effect is a theory that states small changes to any form of interdependent system can cause massive results. A hypothetical example of the butterfly effect pertaining to environmental biology is the weather patterns. There are too many unknown variables in an environmental system like Earth to make prediction of weather possible. A butterfly could flap his/her wings and cause a tornado days later on the other side of the world as stated by chaos theory and the butterfly effect.

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