SPECTRUM

A blog about virtually anything related to DPES and the physical and environmental sciences! Check out our contributors and fantastic collection of articles below.

NOW HIRING: We're currently looking to expand into artwork and multimedia (photography, videos, posters, comics). Find out how to apply and contribute to SPECTRUM today!

THE FIGHT AGAINST SUPERBUGS

        Many individuals develop phobias  toward insects, whether it be the black widow spiders found in UTSC labs, or the pesky bugs lurking within cottages. But perhaps the most fearsome type of bugs are found at the microscopic level, the kind that are resilient against human interference– Superbugs.  These dangerous forms of bacteria are  resistant to available antibiotics, such as penicillin.  Superbugs are widely studied, as they pose a serious threat to global health.  But how can bacteria develop this resistance, and how do we minimize the odds of this happening within our body?

THE SCIENCE OF CANDY

   Have you ever wondered how candy is made? How about how it’s able to stay fresh well past Halloween? While candies come in all shapes and textures: chewy like fudge, fluffy like cotton candy, hard like a lollipop and crunchy like rock candy, the method to making these different types of candies follow a similar chemical process (The Sweet Science of Candy making, 2014-2015).

 

We May Not Be Alone: NASA’s new discovery

On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven exoplanets that are about the same size as Earth, orbiting around a single star. Although exoplanets are common, what makes these special is their potential for life. Liquid water is essential to life as we know it, and three out of seven planets lie in their sun’s “habitable zone,” where conditions are right for liquid water to exist.

A Look into the Fungal Diversity at UTSC and the Surrounding Valley

Constituting one of the kingdoms of life, the fungi are a remarkable group of organisms that include yeasts, moulds, and pathogens. However fungi are perhaps best identified as the mushrooms we eat and see scattered across lawns or growing on dead wood. Check out some cool photographs and learn more about the fungi living in the valley behind UTSC!

Interested in joining SPECTRUM?

We are always looking for students to join our team as Content Creators!
Fill out the SPECTRUM Application Form and submit your completed application form by e-mail to spectrum@myepsa.ca with “SPECTRUM Application” in the subject line or in person to room EV264 ( EPSA office).  After submitting your application, you will be contacted and provided with the next steps to working with us!
If you have any questions/concerns, please e-mail spectrum@myepsa.ca
 

 

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