Zika Virus: Novel Detection Techniques and Treatment

Abstract The United States is one of the countries affected by this disease, which cause microcephaly in newborns. In order to stop the spread, new novel detection techniques were developed such as RT-Lamp and the RT-PCR and treatments as Emricasan, Niclosamide and CDK, these drugs can help prevent Zika virus duplication. Therefore, with these new advancements in technology and medicine the Zika will have a much slimmer chance of creating chaos in today’s society. Introduction […]

Policies to Protect Diminishing Bee Populations in the United States

Honey bees are pollinators that have a strong influence on ecological relationships, ecosystem conservation and genetic variation in plants, with pollination occurring in a variety of ways: wind, animals, self-pollination and sexual reproduction. According to Greenpeace, an estimated 87.5% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals, and can increase fruit or seed in 75% of the world’s food crops ((Greenpeace Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review) 01/2013)). Greenpeace also shows that although grains such as wheat, […]

A Preliminary Study of the Examination of the Macroinvertebrate Assemblage In Macy Park of the Saw Mill River above and below a drainage pipe

Abstract An urban stream was examined from June to August in 2014 to determine if the effluence exiting a stormwater drainage pipe affected the benthic and drift macroinvertebrate assemblages above and below the pipe. The distribution of macroinvertebrates was also compared above and below the pipe to determine the difference in composition. Statistical means were run to explore the data and to identify any significant correlations between the assemblages in relation to the pipe, month, […]

Effects of chemical pesticides on beneficial and harmful insect populations on four farms in Central Massachusetts

Abstract Finding sustainable methods to control pest insects that affect crop yield is a pressing, worldwide concern for agriculture. In recent decades, there has been interest in developing less toxic chemical pesticides, and more sparse regimens for application of these pesticides to avoid also killing beneficial insects during pesticide applications. For this study, insects were collected from four farms in Central Massachusetts (Middlesex and Worcester Counties) to compare the population levels of beneficial and harmful […]

The Christmas Tree Allergy Phenomenon – Live Christmas Trees Carry Mold That Increase Allergy Symptoms in Susceptible Individuals

Abstract Household air samples were taken from families in the Washington Township, New Jersey area both before and during the winter holiday season.  Data shows that there is a substantial (100%) increase in the number of mold spores in the air when a family introduces a live Christmas tree into the home.  Families that use artificial Christmas trees also experienced an increase in mold, and those that did not use any type of tree during […]