Nicole Mehta

Eugene, OR, United States

About Nicole

Areas of Expertise

Neurobiology, Biology

Comments & conversations

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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Buggin' Out: Urban Bug Farming for the Future
I think your right, there are going to be some bugs that are nutritious but will cause harm to the environment and their surroundings. Research and studies need to be performed before allowing complete urban bug farming to occur. Wow those statistics are crazy by the way, did they list what chicken or fish or pork was compared to bugs as far as nutritional value?
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Buggin' Out: Urban Bug Farming for the Future
i have to say, my big thing regarding using insects as a food source is as you said it, they look like insects. I think creating a sort of protein powder is an excellent idea in order to incorporate them into our diet. I realize that bugs are extremely nutritious, and that their benefits to the world are enormous, but they are still in my head bugs. Im sure im not the only one thinking this. I wonder if there are other ways that we can be eating the "bugs" without eating them? if maybe there could be like a dressing, or a seasoning, and again the protein powder. What do people thing? What other ideas are there out there that could be used for the bugs so they dont look like they are eating bugs?
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
Thats a great idea. Economic incentives to those that are willing to have the beehives is a great way to get people to want to install them into their homes. Over all education to the general public about bees is lacking I agree, and I also think that targeting social media outlets to educate the public the importance of bees is probably the best way to get people to learn. More people use facebook and twitter everyday to get their news updates so if they saw something about the bees as an update or a tweet I think it would be a great way to target mass audience. As far as bee allergies are concerned, how are people treated for this? Is it an Epi-pen? I think reaching out to the people who have bee allergies is going to be the hardest people to convince about the importance of the urban bee farms.
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Will the Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon River cause more harm to the environment or will it be a good source of energy for Brazil?
I think its very interesting that you bring up social vs economic sides to the belomonte dam. Economically the dam will bring in a lot of money and yes I agree help with the growing economy. But at what cost? To play devils advocate, who are we do to tell Brazil what they can and can’t do in their own country? Did anyone come into our country telling us to stop the environmental atrocities that have been committed here? That being said, if someone had come in and stopped us im sure many of our environmental issues could have been avoided. I think the most crucial aspect of this debate is how to get the Brazilian government to understand the horrible consequences of the dam construction. It seems like our ethical duty to try our hardest to persuade the government to halt construction. At the very least we should try to implement innovative ideas into the dam that could help curb the ecological side effects. How can this be said to the government? How can it be explained to the government the severe costs of going through with dam construction when so many other countries have done similar atrocities and continue to do them everyday?
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Cats pose a serious threat to biodiversity: Why do we accept it? What should be done?
i would agree that measures should be taken so that cats cant be allowed to roam outside, but is this even practical? how would you chip a cat and then make sure it always stays inside? i just dont see how anyone could realistically regulate when a cat goes in and outside. Yes, owners should be held responsible for their animals, and i agree that if you didnt pay attention to a dog it would be a huge deal vs cats do roam free. It is sad that the regulations are set in place to only really care about humans and not the other species that the cats threaten.
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
i completely agree that targeting only harmful microbes in soaps and other sanitizers may eliminate the need for a bacteri-ell. But how would this be possible? So many antimicrobial agents target cells that have similar components so the use of them would destroy many different kinds of bacteria good and bad. I believe this is the problem currently, because the antimicrobial agents target both good and bad bacteria. I do not know how it would be possible to just target the bad bacteria. Again more research is needed to identify fully what are the good and bad microbes on the skin. Also, since everyone has different microbes on their skin you would have to custom make this type of sanitizer to cater for peoples specific differences on their skin. We also dont know if a bad microbe on someone is actually acting like a good microbe on another
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
Purell now, Bacteri-ell later?
I think your point on how microbes interact to possibly affect diseases and allergies is really interesting, innovative idea and should be the topic for further researcher. Could a certain concoction of microbes potentially protect you from heart disease? or make you more susceptible? this is incredibly intriguing. Unfortunately as many of the other participants have pointed out the lack of knowledge in regards to our skin micro biome is incredible. The bacteria and how they all interact together has not really been studied and needs to be researched in order for any advances in disease prevention or allergy prevention can even be studied.
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Nicole Mehta
Posted about 2 years ago
What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?
I also agree with the idea of nuclear power as the next major source of energy. The terra power nuclear reactor as pointed out by noel above seems to be a promising idea. They propose a new type of reactor called the "travelling wave reactor". What i like the most about the idea is the emphasis put on the reactors impact to the environment. The website claims that 50 times more energy will be produced compared to the light water reactors of today. What i find interesting and do not quite understand is that they say that they will be using depleted uranium for power. Does anyone have a good explanation of how this could possibly be done? Probably the greatest concern for any nuclear reactor is the safety associated with it. The travelling wave reactor has incorporated safety ideas and protocols into their design that have accounted for all previous nuclear reactor accidents. What do people think about terra power? do you think it has some sort of viable future?