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.

Here for a Good Time or a Long Time?

For the goldfish in Cootes Paradise, there isn’t much of a choice. In 2017, a study investigated the impacts of anthropogenic contamination in multiple sites downstream of a wastewater treatment plant (Simmons et al., 2017). This water discharges into Cootes Paradise Marsh, leaving it polluted with various pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Simmons et al. Read the full article…


Signaling types in Dionaea muscipula prey interaction and capture

Dionaea muscipula, the infamous Venus fly trap, is perhaps the most well-known carnivorous plant on the planet. D. muscipula has been described by Charles Darwin as “the most wonderful plant in the world” because of its unique structure and feeding strategy (Darwin and Darwin, 1888). The anatomical design of this species consists of a pair Read the full article…


A Vine of the Times: The Impact of Climate Change on Viticulture

In 2019, the Oxford English Dictionary chose “climate emergency” as the word of the year. A pertinent sentiment, climate change is the defining issue of our time. Viticulture, the study of grape cultivation (Oxford English Dictionary, 2020), is highly dependent on climactic conditions. The slightest changes in temperature, humidity, and time can dictate how sweet, Read the full article…


The Exciting Future of Electrified Medicine

Within the medical community, the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has remained a challenging and unresolved endeavour. The history of PD is extensive; despite being discovered by Dr. James Parkinson over 200 years ago, researchers are yet to find a cure (Goetz, 2011; Rizek, Kumar and Jog, 2016). However, due to advancements in modern-day technologies Read the full article…


Behind the sport: figure skating

A successful figure skater must have a combination of steady balance, speed, strength, control, and grace. The seemingly effortless jumps and spins can be deceiving until you give them a try yourself. Exploring the rigorous forces involved in every maneuver, the intense psychological aspect, and the conditioning techniques gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a Read the full article…




A Path Towards Conquering Cancer

Despite the significant scientific advancements devised to decrease death, reduce discomfort, and improve quality of life for cancer patients, there remains a distinct deficiency in the competencies of cancer-based therapeutic technologies. The burden of cancer has continually progressed; by 2040, cancer-related death will have increased by 42% from 2018, making it a leading cause of Read the full article…


Key Concepts of Keyboards

Computers have become essential for a variety of diverse tasks ranging from communication to quantum computing. The average person knows enough about a computer to navigate and accomplish their desired tasks. However, most individuals do not know how each key works. Physics, coding, and engineering are some of the many working concepts at play within Read the full article…


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