Deep Sea Oil Trap: An Underwater Cleanup System for Platforms and Ships to Contain and Recapture Oil Plumes

  By: Sachin Narayan Abstract: Underwater oil plumes are an accumulation of oil microdroplets that, due to a number of factors (namely size, temperature, pressure, and currents), do not rise to the surface (Zhao, 2016). This research aims to better understand underwater oil plume dynamics and forces and test reusable materials and processes that effectively recapture the oil without causing further environmental damage. The work concluded that a two-part system involving containment and recapture provides […]

Phytoremediation: Utilizing Hyperaccumulator Plants to Extract Toxic Chemical Waste from Soil & Groundwater

By Luci C. Edenlord Soil and groundwater contaminants represent one of the most harmful pollutants in the world by destroying habitats, wrecking ecosystems, poisoning clean water and being a huge detriment to human and animal health. Imagine that by just planting a few simple seeds, the destruction would melt away without negatively affecting human and animal health and the environment. One field of sunflowers (Helianthus) has the capability to extract industrial contaminants such as lead […]

The Effect of Nitrogen on Invasive Plant Species

Zachary J. Duthie Upper Dublin High School Class of 2019 pduthie1@gmail.com   Table of Contents Abstract …………………………………………………… 3 Problem …………………………………………………… 3 Introduction …………………………………………………… 3 Hypothesis …………………………………………………… 5 Methods …………………………………………………… 5 Results …………………………………………………… 6 Analysis …………………………………………………… 6 Conclusion …………………………………………………… 7 Bibliography …………………………………………………… 9 Abstract Progress in farming and industry has yielded great benefits to mankind, but activities associated with this progress have increased nitrogen levels in the soil  (Vitousek, 1997).  This experiment was conducted to test […]

The Web of Life: The Effect of the Invasive Berberis thunbergii on Ixodes scapularis

Message from the Editor: Hello readers! We really appreciate your input on the students' research. Please share your opinion on the science and the writing of the paper on our Forum. Abstract: The Japanese barberry is an invasive plant, meaning it thrives in foreign environments by overpowering the area’s native plants. Barberry lowers the pH of the soil, thus making the environment too hostile for indigenous plants. It attracts deer ticks. This experiment observes how […]