Researcher seeks nematodes at the bottom of the world
December 08, 2003
Byron Adams, assistant professor of molecular biology and microbiology, leaves this week for Antarctica, where he researches the tiny worms called nematodes. Although the continent's frigid temperatures and remote location make life tough for researchers, those conditions combine to create a perfect field laboratory for observing the impact of incremental changes in the environment.
Since no other species inhabit the nematodes' icy realm, Adams can add water, raise temperature or otherwise modify the soil and observe the results. The work helps show how climate changes can affect ecosystems.
They may be tiny weapons, but BYU’s holography research group has figured out how to create lightsabers — green for Yoda and red for Darth Vader, naturally — with actual luminous beams rising from them.
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