Plant Growth and Development

This one around growth and development of plants so plants are able to grow throughout their lifetime through the presence of undifferentiated tissues called meristems now when we look at this word undifferentiated we are reminded of their own stem cells within our bodies they’re not nerve cells they’re not muscle cells they’re not skin … Read more

Digital Ethics

Interesting partner in my research is looking at how algorithms and the technology that we use absorb some of the moral ideas that we have that exist within our society and it’s a really interesting area because so many people think that artificial intelligence and algorithms are the neutral completely unbiased decision-making systems. If you … Read more

Gymnosperms: Long-Distance Pollination

As we move through the evolutionary history of vascular plants, getting closer and closer to the present, the next group we must discuss is gymnosperms. Gymnosperms are the first of two kinds of true seed-bearing plants called spermatophytes, and the word “gymnosperm” means “naked seeds” because their seeds do not exist within chambers such as … Read more

Angiosperms: Flowering Plants

Angiosperms are the second kind of true seed-bearing plants called spermatophytes, and they are also known as “flowering plants.” If you were to imagine a flower, any type of flower you can think of, you are almost certainly envisioning an angiosperm. Even though gymnosperms also technically have flowers, the angiosperms have a much broader diversity … Read more

Plant Responses to the Environment: Tropisms and Defenses

We mentioned a plant hormone called auxin which allows plants to possess a sense of direction. Auxin, along with several other chemicals found in plants, is responsible for plant tropisms, which means movement or growth towards or away from a stimulus. A positive tropism is growth or movement towards a stimulus, and a negative tropism … Read more

Types of Binary Star Systems

A greater percentage of systems are multiple star systems, meaning that they are systems containing two or more stars, and in particular, binary star systems, which specifically contain two stars, are exceptionally common. When we can see both of the stars, they are called visual binaries, and if the plane of their orbit happens to … Read more