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Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.

"Scientists were doing plenty of tests on them, but they just always assumed they were in the ocean," Lauren, now 13, tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. "So I was like, ‘Well, hey guys, what about the river?’ "

In the beginning, she wanted to conduct her test by placing the lionfish in cages at different points in the river, but she had to simplify the project.

"It was just a small, sixth-grade project, and I really didn’t have all the tools necessary," she says. Her dad, who has a Ph.D. in fish ecology, suggested that she put the fish in tanks instead.

Lauren then put six different lionfish in six different tanks where she could watch her subjects closely. Lauren was given a strict set of rules by the science fair organizers. The most important one: Her fish could not die.

Lionfish had been found to live in water with salt levels of 20 parts per thousand. But no one knew that they could live in water salinity below that.

One of the six lionfish was her control fish, and the rest were the experimental fish. Every night for eight days, she would lower the salinity 5 parts per thousand in the experimental tanks. On the eighth day of her experiment, she found her experimental fish were living at 6 parts per thousand. She was amazed.

Her research did not stop there. Craig Layman, an ecology professor at North Carolina State University, confirmed Lauren’s results. “He credited a sixth-grader for coming up with his idea,” Lauren says ecstatically. Layman’s findings were published this year in the science journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. Lauren is mentioned in the acknowledgments.

Lauren’s father says he talks about science with her a lot. “We’re a science bunch of dorks in our family,” he tells McEvers.

 

Holy shit this is where I just moved from. Hey seilka check this out!!

(Source: NPR)

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Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars

Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken

by Damian Carrington

Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.

The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef. The popular red meat requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases…

(read more: The Guardian UK)

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All the naysayers who were against marijuana legalization are eating crow right about now. Colorado’s weed sales just keep trending up, and with the sales of legal weed, they are improving their schools and reducing overall crime rates.”

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WOW IT’S ALMOST LIKE IF YOU LEGALIZE WEED

PEOPLE WON’T DO BAD THINGS

TO GET WEED

Shit

My favorite headline from this trend has been “Six Months Since Marijuana Legalization and Colorado is Overrun With Way Less Crime”.

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What would happen if some one were to have a syringe full of ATP (the energy molecule for cells) injected into their system?

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I don’t have much biology background but my guess is that it wouldn’t do much. I believe ATP needs to be present within cells to provide work and transfer energy across the cellular processes.

Any biology savvy people with a better answer?

Apparently this is a very common question on the internet so I have taken the liberty of using the all mighty search engine to compile an answer.

  • Energy molecule. Means bonds be breakin’ like cray to release energy. Important. Means it isn’t very stable. Doesn’t transport well and the production of it is closely linked to its consumption. (x,x)
  • Extracellular enzymes are going to take it down. (x)
  • HOWEVER, ATP is also sometimes a signaling molecule so you might mess up some communication. (x)
  • PEOPLE WROTE A PAPER ABOUT IT: Effect of continuous ATP injection on human hemodynamics (X). It apparently does cause some complications but those dissappear after continuous injections are ceased (see both signal disturbance and eaten-up-really-fast).

*Am not biologist, do not study biology.

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