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by DNA
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8908

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

I once pretended to be a child prodigy when I had a "visit dad at work day" project to do. He's a university prof and when I sat in one of his lectures there were some students awing at how smart I probably was, and when I offered one of them a stick of gum they pretty much considered me t...
by DNA
Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gene expression
Replies: 8
Views: 2695

Re: Gene expression

Yeah, there are only a few proteins involved in gene expression (since they're widespread amongst lifeforms), but the act of activating expression is what's fuzzy (at least, it is in my head). Most of our genes are 'turned off' and must be activated by ??something??, while genes of bacteria are almo...
by DNA
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How would you be killed?
Replies: 280
Views: 31503

Re: How would you be killed?

I know this may sound like something a suicidal person may say, but trust me I do not plan on offing myself: I want to die a relatively quick death. What I mean by that is I want to experience death, without the agonizing days/months/years of pain. I want to feel the blood pouring out of wherever I'...
by DNA
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Life Goals
Replies: 72
Views: 7048

Re: Your Life Goals

Whenever people ask me what I plan to do for income in the futuer, I always reply that I will win the lottery. That;s been my answer since primary school and I've stuck to the story, so people actually believe me most of the time :lol: But honestly, I'm just a lost teenager. I'm pretty sure I've con...
by DNA
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 346305

Re: Actual Drnukenness!

Okay, this is the first time I post here drunk. The only reason why I'm doing so is so that i can evaluate my train of thoaght in the morhing. So i recently (2 weeks ago) broke up with my girlfriend and tomorrow would hav e been our first year aniversary. People say that it must be "extra painf...
by DNA
Wed May 26, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What have you broken in the lab?
Replies: 48
Views: 7456

Re: What have you broken in the lab?

I've never broken anything in a lab *knock on wood* It's probably because I haven't clocked as many hours in a lab as you guys (as I've never had a job in a lab), but I still had lab classes in high school, cegep and university. I blame it on my ability to catch everything that falls out of my hands...
by DNA
Fri May 07, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 224982

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

This wasn't me and it was in an auditorium of like 700 people so it may have already been posted already: Prof: The three things that Canadians have in common are hockey, a smug sense that the American health care system sucks, and its identity as a peace keeping nation. Guy: And milk. Prof: You hav...
by DNA
Thu May 06, 2010 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3291

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

Basically if you lengthened your telomeres, you would probably live longer: http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n6/abs/ng1356.html There's little research that shows otherwise. They probably did it in nematodes. Frikkin' nematodes. Anyhow, you should google scholar it. Will be experience. Hah, you...
by DNA
Wed May 05, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Teachers ignore fire alarms
Replies: 59
Views: 8127

Re: Teachers ignore fire alarms

Last semester the construction crew at our university broke a natural gas pipe line and an alarm sounded 10 minutes before the end of my class' final exam. The teacher told us to leave if we wanted but those who wanted to stay could. I was so glad I was only sticking around to review so I go out of ...
by DNA
Mon May 03, 2010 6:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: NHL Hockey
Replies: 43
Views: 5549

Re: NHL Hockey

I'm one of those loud Habs fans that you see drinking beer on St-Catherine's street high-fiveing cops after game 7s, so I don't feel like I need to be loud on these forums. Okay, I lied. GOOOOOOOOO HAAAABS GOOOOO WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I'm already thrilled that they took out the Caps but if t...
by DNA
Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3291

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

Have scientists tried extending telomeres in a fertilized egg of a house mouse? I mean, we have the technology to synthesize genomes molecule by molecule, shouldn't they also be able to slap on 40 huge telomeres (2 for each of a mouse's 20 chromosomes) and see what happens? I wouldn't be surprised i...
by DNA
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to classify alien species?
Replies: 53
Views: 7867

Re: How to classify alien species?

Yeah you're right. I think at first, if the alien species is very similar to archea/bacteria on Earth then taxonomists will feel the need to not integrate them into our tree of life too quickly and instead make another branch for different planets, but in the long run the planet of origin has nothin...
by DNA
Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to classify alien species?
Replies: 53
Views: 7867

Re: How to classify alien species?

I guess we'd make a branch above kingdom called Planet or something if they're similar, or a branch like Carbon and Silicon if they're robots. (hey, where were you when I was learning classification? I had to remember some phony line like "Kings Play Cards On Fat Gnome Stools" and I always...
by DNA
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153256

Re: public misconceptions

I just realised that the DNA it's in front of in that pic is bacterial. WTF? Also, the circular DNA might also be a plasmid to transfect the skin cells - for example so that they express GFP (I'm still debating whether I should do that to get a green thumb) Don't. Indiscriminant gene splicing tends...
by DNA
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 397048

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

9:00 AM "You have to remove the cap if you want the separatory funnel to drain" 9:10 AM "Again, it's not blocked, you left the cap on" 9:14 AM "It's not the chemicals doing that... Have you ever put blocked a straw with your thumb?" "No, we do not grind up babies t...
by DNA
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153256

Re: public misconceptions

Yeah, even though the term Organic has many definitions, none of them could possibly apply to the term "organic food". It just doesn't make sense :? We've been over it, in this very thread, that the word "organic" has meanings beyond the chemistry definition. Please stop assumin...
by DNA
Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?
Replies: 45
Views: 5687

Re: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?

I don't think science really assumes anything... most posters are talking about problems of not knowing if the universe obeys the same laws constantly. We don't know if it does or doesn't, which is why David Hume came up with "The Problem of Induction". For example, I cannot assume the sun...
by DNA
Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153256

Re: public misconceptions

Yeah, even though the term Organic has many definitions, none of them could possibly apply to the term "organic food". It just doesn't make sense :? I loathe the new face creams called "DNAge", which supposedly uses DNA technology to reverse ageing. In the commercial they even sh...
by DNA
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to coordinate the color of your poop?
Replies: 22
Views: 2965

Re: Is it possible to coordinate the color of your poop?

Well, since the food in your stomach is usually in the small intestine 6 hours after you've ingested it you could eat a different kind of poop-colouring food every six hours and induce constipation in order to keep it all layered in your rectum. You probably won't enjoy it butt if it's for science, ...
by DNA
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Roller Coasters and the "Falling Feeling"
Replies: 7
Views: 11625

Re: Roller Coasters and the "Falling Feeling"

I definitely feel it too. I think it's the fluid in the balance sensors (forgot their name) in the ear still swirling. Not the fluid directly (that certainly stopped not too long after the ride), but your brain's auto-correction of the forces can persist for a while afterwards. It's exactly like lo...
by DNA
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Roller Coasters and the "Falling Feeling"
Replies: 7
Views: 11625

Re: Roller Coasters and the "Falling Feeling"

The train feeling is probably caused by the same thing... after an eighteen hour train ride I kept falling over in my hotel room because it felt like I was still rocking left and right. I was really high up in the building and every time I felt a slight swaying of my body it sent a jolt to my brain ...
by DNA
Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology discussion forums?
Replies: 18
Views: 2263

Re: Biology discussion forums?

I will join you for the search of a Biology haven on these interwebs good sir. :)

My guess is to try getting a membership in some kind of biology society that happens to have an internet forum.
by DNA
Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sources of Inspiration
Replies: 23
Views: 2128

Re: Sources of Inspiration

For me, it was the question: What controls me? I was fascinated when I first learned all living things were made of cells - they were what we were controlled by! But wait... what controls the cell? Who tells the cell what to do? When I first saw a picture of a cell with it's dark, mysterious nucleus...
by DNA
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can't RNA branch?
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Re: Why can't RNA branch?

Sorry, that was poor question wording on my part. Here i'm strictly talking about the phosphodiester backbone of DNA and RNA, ignoring the complementary base pairing between two strands. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/biology/bio4fv/page/molecular%20biology/rna-structure.jpg Why doesnt the other ...
by DNA
Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can't RNA branch?
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Why can't RNA branch?

Hey everybody, I've had this question on my mind for 3 months now and I've been avoiding asking it since I thought the answer would possibly embarrass me, but I haven't found an answer yet so here is goes: Why doesn't RNA branch? In DNA, we know the oxygen of the hydroxyl group on the 3' carbon of t...
by DNA
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Discovery
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Life on Discovery

Oprah Winfrey narrating? No thanks. I need Attenborough's smooth calming voice to let the beauty of Life wash over me.
by DNA
Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Space Travel
Replies: 26
Views: 2084

Re: Space Travel

Also, jerking NASA around every time a new Presidential administration comes along won't get anything done. Yeah, this is probably my biggest problem with NASA. Any scientific corporation that's so tightly dependent on funding from the government is faced with too many "immediate concerns"...
by DNA
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153256

Re: public misconceptions

Krikkit_Robot wrote:I just read this story, it is a slightly more facepalming version of what someone else has already said

Heavy Boots


feedme wrote:Not to mention the ball didnt float away from the tee.


RAAAAAAAAAAGE!! :wink:
by DNA
Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 11838

Re: Too many scientists?

Wow, this is really depressing. I've had my doubts about biomedical/pharmaceutical research (what I want to go into) ever since people started realizing that we won't be able to synthesize cures for diseases now that we know their DNA sequence/biochemical pathway as easily as we thought, but now tha...
by DNA
Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 485476

Re: Favorite home experiments

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this before, but I've always loved doing this one: 1- Make a solution of: 120mL water, 5mL of shampoo, 1.5g salt and 5g baking soda 1.5- Stuff your rubbing alcohol bottle into the freezer 2- Chill the solution 3- Dice then mash about half an onion (this part is the ...
by DNA
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 10092

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

I think of yellow, actually, probably because of sulfur. same, but because radioactive and danger signs Definitely bright green, like emerald green. And I too, for a reason I cannot explain, associate electrons with being blue. What? Electrons are yellow, man. Protons are bluish-violet. Neutrons ar...
by DNA
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Modern einsteins
Replies: 92
Views: 10557

Re: Modern einsteins

Aristotle was absolutely not a scientist, and I dislike him. Furthermore, I spent a semester on De Anima, so I feel entitled to loudly complain. "For the female is, as it were, a mutilated male, and the menstrual fluids are semen, only not pure; for there is only one thing they have not in the...
by DNA
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Indonesian descent and red hair (genetics)
Replies: 19
Views: 2669

Re: Indonesian descent and red hair (genetics)

Yeah, he could be her biological father. But the chances of her mom having cheated on him with a drunk irish are far greater than this Indonesian fellow carrying both recessive alleles for red hair and white skin.
by DNA
Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Study Block
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Study Block

I tried inspiring myself by reading some famous quotes, and it sort-of worked. The quote "in a world of change the future belongs to the learned" or something, by Eric Hoffer, really nailed it. I got my brain to hop back on the thinking train, but at the same time I don't like knowing how ...
by DNA
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13427
Views: 1772628

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned something about Linear Algebra applications, I forget.
:(
by DNA
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Study Block
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Study Block

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I have a problem. This summer I took up reading, I would sit in my chair maybe 6 hours a day with piles of books and scientific papers. I learned a lot this summer, but I'm afraid I developed some bad habits. I don't think I should have taken this summer off wor...
by DNA
Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Books - Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2104

Re: Biology Books - Suggestions?

Jeez, sorry for the useless post, but I am stealing your "introductory" list for my own library 8)
Oh wait, I do have a suggestion: The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond, it mostly about human evolution based on "new" genetic clues. I sure enjoyed it :wink:
by DNA
Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Prime Numbers have monetary value?
Replies: 5
Views: 2242

Prime Numbers have monetary value?

Today, my Mathematics teacher went on a tangent about how, nowadays, prime numbers are like currency. He talked about how crucial they were in computer security and encryption and whatnot, and how companies needed more prime numbers and actually paid people for bringing them in. So that got me think...
by DNA
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cures for insomnia
Replies: 19
Views: 2353

Re: Cures for insomnia

Boring book works. I started reading The Origin of Species about 2 months ago and I'm not even half way through it. I average maybe 3-4 pages a night before I fall straight to sleep.
by DNA
Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Advice requested from Mad Scientists and/or Entomologists
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Advice requested from Mad Scientists and/or Entomologists

Well, there's a reason they died out. The new environment is simply not suited for that certain species. Your only viable option is to convert your basement into a makeshift lab so you can breed and toy with them. My father is a retired entomologist, but he is easily annoyed when I ask him mad scien...

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