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Author Archives: kcesarotti
The dictionary definition for “alien” isn’t very interesting. Merriam-Webster simply defines the noun as an “extra-terrestrial” and the adjective means either “foreign,” “exotic,” or my favorite, “differing in nature or character typically to the point of incompatibility.” To me, the most alien extraterrestrial would be the one that lacks all human characteristics, which brings us […] Continue reading
1. Once upon a time, the thing growing inside her would have been a perfect genetic mix of Arthur and her. She liked to imagine the hand of fate drawing codons from a lottery machine –A’s and C’s and G’s and T’s bobbing around the bowl to spell out the curve of Arthur’s eyebrows or […] Continue reading
Dear Nine-Year-Old Katy – Ten years from now you’ll still love birthdays. At the age of nineteen the routine still hasn’t gotten old: you’ll still love eating cake, opening presents, even the off-key singing. What you don’t appreciate now, though, is that the best part is always the before. The sharp sugar craving that precedes […] Continue reading
All parents want the best for their children. They want them to be safe, happy, and healthy. What if you were able to ensure all of these things for your child through genetic manipulation? The scary part about altering one’s genes, as explored in Gattaca, is not in the prevention of future disease and illness. […] Continue reading
Theoretical physics is surprisingly poetic. In his book Black Holes & Time Warps, Kip Thorne describes it as the study of what an infinitely advanced society would be able to do, if they were only constricted by the laws of physics. It verges on the edge of science fiction in its use of metaphors and models. If […] Continue reading
I’m exactly the kind of person that authorities shouldn’t allow anywhere near a time machine. For starters, I’m comically clumsy – I literally can’t be trusted not to “wander off the path” and ruin the present, Sound of Thunder style. I would be that girl who accidentally convinces Monet to abandon painting or Jefferson his […] Continue reading
Richard Norris, before and after his face transplant surgery. Photograph from Reuters. Die Another Day, the 2002 installment in the James Bond franchise, is not especially renowned for its emphasis on scientific accuracy. The climax of the film is the revelation that the villain underwent gene therapy to give himself an entirely new face in […] Continue reading