The Adsorption of Heavy Metals and Phosphates from Stormwater Using Waste Oyster and Crab Shells

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Abstract Each year, 6-8 million tonnes of waste shells are discarded, neglecting a valuable resource. The purpose of this experiment was to tap into this resource and determine which shell would most effectively adsorb pollutants from stormwater.  The hypothesis: if different types of shells are tested to clean stormwater, the kiln-heated crab shells will adsorb […]

Can Natural Plant Products Work as Effective Antibiotics?

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  Abstract The aim of this experiment was to find a solution that may help control the resistance of bacteria to conventional antibiotics. This experiment tests to see the efficacy of everyday natural products towards health and wellbeing as opposed to seeking conventional antibiotics, which can trigger problems such as antibiotic resistance. This experiment is […]

The Effectiveness of the Use of Moringa oleifera Seeds in the Removal of Metal Based Contaminants from Contaminated Water

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Mentor: Dr. Kunlun Hong Abstract Potable water is a vital and very limited resource in our society. Obtaining such water through purification is of global importance. One of the main challenges in water purification is the ability to distribute affordable purification devices to the people in need efficiently. This project utilizes the abundant Moringa oleifera […]

Detection of Heavy Metals in Honey Samples using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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  Abstract Honey is a composite mixture of various carbohydrates, enzymes, flavonoids and organic acids. It is used for a wide variety of purposes and is a known antimicrobial agent. Heavy metals may be present in trace quantities in honey and their detection is important for the quality control of honey and it also serves […]

Investigating the Epidemiology of Borrelia Burgdorferi in the Dorset Area

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Abstract The aim of our project is to use analytical techniques to identify the existence of Lyme borreliosis, commonly known as Lyme Disease in Ticks and investigate the distribution of Lyme borreliosis in the Dorset area. Results are presented from successful and accurate gel electrophoresis using Safe Blue indicator; although only one positive result for […]

Possible Influence of Plant Clusters Mounted Next to Waters on the Water Quality

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Abstract The eutrophication of natural waters is a common problem. Eutrophication describes the accumulation of nutrients (especially phosphorus and nitrogen compounds) which stimulates the growth of organisms (mainly phytoplankton). This results in a lack of oxygen and ultimately in the death of living beings in the water. This study investigates the effect of stored plants […]

The Importance of Disinfection to Reduce Pathogen Spread in Agriculture

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Abstract This paper investigates the importance of regular disinfection of farm equipment as part of an effective biosecurity system to reduce pathogen spread within an individual holding. By carrying out a laboratory investigation involving the growth of microorganisms from disinfected surfaces, the need for daily disinfection of high-risk areas is explored. The results of this […]

Decoration or Devastation – The True Cost of the Souvenir Shell Trade

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Even though a shell or a piece of coral on your mantelpiece may look pretty, the long-term consequences on the ocean and its inhabitants may be serious. You may think that one small shell won’t make a difference, but with every shell taken from its natural habitat the surrounding environment could suffer. This is because […]

King’s Hub: Videos You Should Watch

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Here is a selection of short, fun and interesting videos recommended by the King’s Hub. There is something for every scientist, with maths, physics, biology and chemistry related content. Although they are great to watch purely as entertainment, the King’s Hub also loves these videos because they show the wonderful (and slightly weird) knowledge that science […]