public posts

The select public posts from syn·op·sis, written and reviewed by iSci students at McMaster University. Each post is interdisciplinary in nature, and a wide variety of subject matter is covered. So sit back, relax, and start learning.

The Origin of Viruses

Throughout history, viruses have been one of the major causes of disease and infection within humans, and have been responsible for a multitude of epidemics, including avian flu, the Spanish flu, and most recently, swine flu (Nicholls 2006). Viruses are unique organisms in that they lack the ability to replicate independently and require a host Read the full article…


The Applications of Cochlear Bioelectric Potential as Medical Device Power Sources

Current developments in sustainable and renewable energies focus mainly on bringing electrical energy to the masses. In these cases, technological development has not yet advanced to the point of making these energy sources efficient enough to be portable. This proves to be problematic for portable technologies, which require recharging or battery replacements. This is not Read the full article…


Algae and Salamanders: An Unlikely Duo

Figure: A picture capturing how algae coexist with salamander embryos within the egg capsule (Petherick, 2010)

Humanity has been actively trying to harness the power of the sun since the first magnifying glasses were developed for fire making in 7th century B.C. (US Department of Energy, n.d.). Since then, technological advancements have been made, allowing man to utilize solar energy to power buildings and even cars. Humanity is not alone in this Read the full article…