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Do Ants Dig Better In Light Or Dark Science Fair Project

  • Posted on April 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Ants are a great insect to use as a test subject in a biology science fair project. They are easy to find and they are easy to handle. In this sample project students will be manipulating the amount of light that ants are exposed to in order to see if light impacts how fast ants dig.

Hypothesis

In this science fair project the hypothesis is that ants dig faster when they are in the dark. The dependent variable in this hypothesis is the rate at which ants dig and the independent variable is the amount of light that the ant is exposed to during their digging session. It is important to note that a non-venomous ant species be used, such as a sugar ant.

Supplies

This science fair project will need an ant-farm set-up. Students can purchase an ant farm or they can develop their own using a glass container filled 75 percent of the way with native soil. Students will also need a test population of ants. Ants can be purchased from a science store or collected out on the schools playground. You can set traps for ants using cut apples. Just set the apple on the ground and wait until ants cover it. Then pick up the apple pieces, with the ants and place them in your container.

Experiment

The control experiment will provide the ants with a natural light source. Students may want to use a video camera with a digital timer display to monitor the ants digging progress.

The test experiment will involve several test groups. The first test group will be exposed to no light at all, an infrared camera will be used to monitor their digging progress. The second test group will be exposed to dim light. The final test group will be exposed to bright artificial light.

Data Collection and Analysis

The data that will be collected will be measurements of digging per time period. The students will want to determine how long of a tunnel is dug in a minute, in an hour or in a day for each lighting situation. To determine the rate of digging the student will create a ratio of millimeters dug per minute.

The analysis of this data will be fairly easy to complete. The students will just need to determine which lighting set-up produced the fastest rate of digging, or the highest number of millimeters per second (on average). To prove the hypothesis could be true students will need to find a trend where ants dig faster in darker conditions then they do in lighter conditions. If this is not observed then the hypothesis will be proven to be false.

Finding A Pci Compliant Hosting Provider

  • Posted on April 28, 2018 at 4:34 am

Do you own a business or e-commerce website that processes credit card transactions on a regular basis? If so, finding a PCI compliant hosting provider is of the utmost importance to protect your business against the ever increasing number of cyber attacks and security breaches that businesses face.

PCI DSS Sets the Security Standards

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of required standards that were designed to make sure that all companies that handle any type of credit card information or consumer data maintain a safe, secure environment.

But becoming PCI compliant is more than just following the PCI DSS. It contains a multifaceted set of security standards, which covers everything from configuration and management of your computers and devices to how well your staff is managed and trained.

One of the best ways to protect your business’s reputation and the privacy of your customers information is without a doubt finding a PCI compliant hosting provider that can safely and securely host your business’s website.

What to Look For in a PCI Compliant Hosting Provider

When looking for a compliant hosting provider, you need to make sure that provider has the tools and services necessary that will continually safeguard your business against attacks and keep you up-to-date with PCI DSS.

Security services include security scans, which scan your business’s complete payment-processing infrastructure for security vulnerabilities. These scans need to take place at least once every 90 days, but the more scans done, the better.

If you utilize a dedicated PCI compliant hosting provider, you can rest easy knowing that your website, credit card payment processing data and consumer data is 100 percent secure. This is because your site will have its own dedicated server and administrators who work with your hosting provider will be able to give you the time and service you require to make sure your business runs smoothly.

Look for a hosting provider that will give you the option of having your site hosted on a dedicated PCI compliant server. While shared servers may simply “get the job done,” you don’t just want to do the bare minimum. PCI is about helping your business protect your customers, so the bare minimum just won’t cut it. You need to focus on customer safety for less chance of danger and better business practices.