The Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio De Janiero has been closed due to safety problems. The stadium, that is only 6 years old, is in danger of losing its roof according to the episode of The World that I listened to. This stadium is supposed to be the home for the 2016 Summer Olympics track and field events. What is worse is that the contractor that built the stadium wrote in to the contract that they would not be legally responsible for any problems that the stadium encountered after it was built. Because of this the contractors are not liable to rebuild or fix the roof and the government of Rio De Janiero will be financially obligated to fix the stadium before the Olympic ceremonies can commence. From the way the broadcaster and his guest were talking this is a pretty tall order for such a short time frame. They were also saying that the stadium was in very rough shape aside from the roof. I will be interested to see how the stadium will look in 2016.
Canadian Biologists believe that plants that are from the same parent (sibling plants) are actually accommodating each other in respects to light, root placements, and nutrient consumption. Anna Rothschild says that at McMaster University scientists are doing some experiments on plants and their siblings. A graduate student by the name of Amanda File thinks that the plants are not doing this to be “nice” to one another but mainly as a way to insure their genes are passed on. While it is still unclear how the plants can determine which other plants are related to them, it is interesting to hear that they have the ability to alter their behaviour. It is hard for me to believe that they have this ability. I know that plants are living, but I guess I don’t really think of them as alive the same way as I do animals. I feel that it would be exciting if this researchers examined this information thoroughly enough that it could be put in to school books and taught to children at a young age. I wonder if it will change future generation’s views on plants and how we treat them. I feel that it changes my thoughts on plants. I hope to learn more as scientists continue their studies.