Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect originally referred to the effect of a seemingly small event on the regional or global climate i.e. can a butterfly's wings beating cause weather changes in a distant place? It is sometimes referred to as the Chaos Theory and is said to be the reason weather prediction is sometimes so difficult (everyone, not just the weatherman, should have such a good excuse!) The term has come to represent any significant impact or effect that results within a system from an event that appears to be unrelated or of little significance.

Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

Woods Hole MBL is an independent lab founded in 1888 on the narrow, isolated Massachusetts peninsula and dedicated to Marine research. The lab has evolved into a research and education center for biology, biomedical, and ecology. Woods Hole MBL addresses numerous issues which have implications for humans such as reproduction and development, how bodies fight disease, how sensory organs gather information, and how organisms interact with and impact their environment.