Monthly Archives: August 2012

Self and Cyborg

Sometimes, I love to daydream about what it means to be well…me. Each person is unique not only in terms of appearance, but in personality and thought patterns. We each embody a set of memories that were produced from our own experiences, and we carry these memories throughout our lives.  I enjoy, however, mulling over […] Continue reading

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Technological Stagnation

Science fiction stories are all about technological progress, and ubiquitous throughout science fiction is the assumption that the future will be filled with technology much more advanced than our own.  This assumption, though present in science fiction, is made by virtually every human being in their musings on future society.  Many people go as far […] Continue reading

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Studying sleep

You find yourself in the wee hours of the morning, and after a long day of classes and work, you’d like nothing more than to sink into bed and into the reprieve of sleep.  Only one problem: you still have to study for a big Spanish test, meaning you’re faced with a depressing choice… or […] Continue reading

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Studying sleep

You find yourself in the wee hours of the morning, and after a long day of classes and work, you’d like nothing more than to sink into bed and into the reprieve of sleep.  Only one problem: you still have to study for a big Spanish test, meaning you’re faced with a depressing choice… or […] Continue reading

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A New Frontier

In February 2012, a team of Russian scientists from the Russian Antarctic Expedition managed to break the surface of Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. This was a groundbreaking moment in polar research, as its is the first time in history that a subglacial lake has been accessible to humans.  The Russians had been at […] Continue reading

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A New Frontier

In February 2012, a team of Russian scientists from the Russian Antarctic Expedition managed to break the surface of Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. This was a groundbreaking moment in polar research, as its is the first time in history that a subglacial lake has been accessible to humans.  The Russians had been at […] Continue reading

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

  If you’re like me, the summer can be a great time to get things done … lots of things like playing games on Facebook, catching up with friends, rereading Harry Potter… oh, yeah, and working on a dissertation.   Unfortunately … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cryptography and the Availability of Information

I think that amateur cryptanalysts using methods that were impossible for some early civilizations to use demonstrates the accessibility and ubiquity of information today. For example, some puzzles are centered around ciphers and decryption. These puzzles attract the attention of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Increased Understanding of Our Genome

Probably one of the most exciting breakthroughs in science in the past 20 years was the complete mapping of the human genome. For the first time, we have the complete “human cookbook”. However, our actual understanding of the intricacies of these roughly 3 billion base pairs is somewhat lacking. Yes, we understand the concept of […] Continue reading

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Increased Understanding of Our Genome

Probably one of the most exciting breakthroughs in science in the past 20 years was the complete mapping of the human genome. For the first time, we have the complete “human cookbook”. However, our actual understanding of the intricacies of these roughly 3 billion base pairs is somewhat lacking. Yes, we understand the concept of […] Continue reading

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