This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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rabbits are usually kind and sweet… nobody ignores them, for they are good company and know how to make the best of themselves
I was born in the year 2002, making my Chinese Zodiac sign the horse. I was always aware of my zodiac sign, but I’ve never stopped to consider what that actually means for me. After doing a bit of research, I found that those born in the year of the horse are often characterized by being sociable and energetic, but also self-centered and occasionally short-tempered.
I was born in March 2000 making my Chinese Zodiac Sign the Dragon. In reading “Games of Chance: Exploration Into Our Animal Selves” by Dr. Ramakrishnan and Dr. Vesna, I came to learn more about the dragon zodiac sign. The dragon is associated with the stomach. Dragons are described to be warm hearted, charismatic, and energetic. Given these traits I wanted to make a dish that reminded me most of these traits.
It was so interesting to read about my Chinese Zodiac Sign this week! I was born in November of 2000, so my sign is the Dragon:
As an early 1997 baby, my Chinese zodiac sign is the Rat, which just repeated its 12 year cycle in 2020. I think rats typically have a bad reputation as being unclean pests in this modern culture, however, in my research I learned that this is not the case in every culture. For example, in Rajasthan, India, the rat is worshipped and revealed. At Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan, thousands of rats travel throughout the temple snf drink from a large saucer of milk.
When I first heard about Dr. Andrew Pelling’s seminar, “Growing Cells on Apples, LEGOs, and Bread: Why Developing Unconventional Biomaterials Matters”, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I normally view research as a sterile field: important, but not always interesting. Most “fun” research projects seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That’s why Dr.
The Chinese zodiac has always been very fascinating to me, especially given my Chinese heritage. I consider myself to be between two signs – the Rabbit and the Dragon. My birth year is considered the Year of the Dragon but, since I was born before the Chinese New Year, I can also be considered a Rabbit.
Having been born in the year 1999, my Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit. The rabbit is often taken to be representative of amiability, compassion, sincerity, gentleness, fortune, and longevity. As such, those born under the sign of the rabbit are said to enjoy the company of family and friends, and present themselves as being noble, clever, or elegant.
I was born in 2001, which is the year of the snake in Chinese animal zodiac. As we all know, snake has a poor and often negative connotation in Western culture since the dawn of time. However, snake’s reputation isn’t much better in Chinese culture either. One of the most popular Chinese folktales was called “The White Snake”, which depicted a love story between an immortal and a human.
If there is one thing tying the threads of fate between any organism, it is their evolutionary history. Despite the human claim of superiority over other animals, we are ultimately sharing the majority of our genetic materials with them. It was ultimately by chance and selective pressure that allowed for human evolution from ancestral primates. Ultimately, it could be stated that genetics is a game of chance.
As a whole, it is very interesting to compare Chinese zodiac signs to HOX genes. HOX genes are essentially the blueprints to an organism’s body plan. Even more interesting is the fact that many organisms have conserved these remarkable genes throughout their evolutionary history. Seeing as HOX genes are present in plants and fungi, it is likely that the HOX genes have preceded the divergence of these kingdoms (Lappin et al 2006).
‘Sound’, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the “mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing” (1).
Today, I took part in the extra credit Physical Chemistry Seminar by professor Andrew Pelling. When I first saw the title of the presentation, I assumed that I would encounter several concepts that I already knew about. However, I was in for a surprise!
I’m really glad to have the incentive to take part in these workshops. While I knew before that they existed, I never took part in them, but now that i participate in them, I get the chance to learn about so many fascinating things that intelligent and accomplished individuals achieve in their fields.
I recently purchased a keyboard and I wanted to try out some different sounds while playing the same line on my keyboard. The same device is capable of producing such a wide variety of vibrations, so I wanted to experiment with them and see how they resonated with me and my playing.
I started with traditional piano, playing the song as the composer originally intended. The arpeggios sounded natural and flowey. I've played it with this sound many times, and it felt comfortable to play.