FEMINISM IN THE 17TH CENTURY
Lady Ann Clifford’s (1590-1676) chronicle Great Books of Record has been transcribed by a Reader in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield. The 600,000-word record chronicles the Lady’s struggle to inherit lands from her father, a legal battle she ultimately won. The text also details the importance of women in the 17th century, for it highlights the importance of family networks and the interaction between classes in this time period through personal stories which encompass almost 600 years of history. The book outlines legal avenues available to women and sheds an interesting, and more empowered, light on life for women in the Renaissance period. The text will aid in understanding the role of women and feminism during this time period.
GREEN ALGAE TOXINS PREVALENT IN WATERS ACROSS CANADA
Recently in Alberta, blooms of blue-green algae have been preventing swimmers from enjoying our lakes. A recent study published in the Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences finds that a toxin produced by the algae called microcystin is present in lakes across Canada. This family of toxins affect the liver and include possible carcinogens (cancer causing agents). The research found that the level of toxin was in correlation to low nitrogen to phosphorus ratios. The nitrogen to phosphorous ratio in a lake is an important factor in determining the health of the aquatic ecosystem. The study is important as it addresses the health consequences that result from not taking care of the natural environment.