Monday, April 30, 2012

Five Positive Things:

Finally got this recorded!  Link up with Lydia and share your 5 positive things with us!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Science Saturday: Art Edition

The creative juices in my brain have been flowing today, so I thought I'd do something a bit different and feature some science-inspired (and scientifically accurate!) artwork that I've spotted around the interwebs :)

Quilling (or paper filagree) is the art of rolling thin paper strips and arranging them in intricate designs and has become a favorite art medium of mine.  Artist Sarah Yakawonis has taken this art form and modeled several anatomical designs:

DNA fingerprinting is a technique used to "map" fragments of a person's DNA to analyze it's unique identity in comparison to other samples (you may have seen this on CSI or other forensic shows).  The company DNA 11 will send you a sample collection kit (a cheek swab) and can turn your own DNA into a work of art!

Using watercolors, Etsy shop owner Michele Banks, aka artologica, uses her knowledge of science to create beautiful images of the cellular world.

Artist Luke Jerram has brought microorganisms to life through a whole new medium - glass.  While malaria and HIV are tough and resilient, these artistic interpretations are fragile and beautiful.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nerd On!

I'm a featured "Geek of the Week" over at Chocolate and Creamcake.  Head over there to read a bit about my geeky life and subscribe to Mandy's blog.  Her Nerd News feature on Thursdays is the bomb-dot-com.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

5 Positive Thingymabobs

Almost forgot!  Here it is...sorry, it's long. I was blabbering.

Also, sorry for that stupid *tsk* noise I make. I hate it. I guess my salivary glands are over-zealous.

Science Saturday 2.7: Superbugs, Dinosaurs, & Space Web

It's back! Sorry for the hiatus.  The past couple of weekends have been busy!  Let's get to it...

An increasing problem in the medical field is the evolution of drug-resistant strains of bacteria.  Many of these "superbugs" continue to cause disease while remaining protected against antibiotics, both old and new.  Recently, another group of microorganisms were found to have antibiotic-resistant properties.  What makes these bacteria so special?  The cave-dwellers have remained isolated in Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico) for over 4 MILLION YEARS and have not been exposed to modern medicines.  This reveals much about the "innate" role that bacterial genes play in developing resistance to drugs.


Remember in Jurassic Park when Dr. Alan Grant gets scoffed at for believing birds evolved from dinosaurs?  Scientists in China have recently discovered the largest feathered dino, Yutyrannus huali.  Just slightly smaller than the well known T. rex, Yutyrannus was entirely covered in large feathers, about the lenght of a No. 2 pencil.

And speaking of dinosaurs, check out this new Symphony of Science video, "The World of the Dinosaurs." #educationalautotune

Lastly, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA are looking into a networking system that would allow for interplanetary internet.  This would allow for speedier communication between Earth and the moon, Mars, or deep space stations to assist in controlling rovers, satellites, or other exploratory technologies.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

5 Positives 4/8/12

Didn't have time to sit down and record a vlog this weekend, so you are stuck with reading my 5 positives this week...but I'll include lots of photos to keep your interest! :)

1.  I can't remember if I said this already, but I beat Mass Effect 2 a couple weeks ago and started my 2nd play through earlier this week.  I'm playing on a higher difficulty, but my level and XP carry over from the 1st play through so hypothetically, my character is "stronger" and has more proficient skillz.  I really enjoyed ME2 a lot more than ME1, and I'm hoping to max out my character so that I can port that into ME3 when I get it!!
My FemShep :)  I need to get green contacts again so I can look like her :)
2. On Wednesday, April 4th, Matt and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.  Neither of us is really a "romantic" so we don't often do special things...but it's enough for each of us to recognize the love we share every day of the year.  I've been so blessed to have met my best friend and was honored to take him as my husband 3 years ago.  Marriage isn't easy, but we have loved every moment (the ups and the downs) and look forward to continuing to grow closer for the rest of our lives!  And we are planning on going on a fancy dinner date sometime the next couple of weeks :)  Thai food...yum.
Mawwage... what bwings us
NYE 2011 @ Epcot in Disneyworld
3. Matt's parents came to visit this week/weekend.  I get along well with my inlaws, so it was fun to have them around for a few days and to get to do fun things around MS (which we normally never do because we are lazy).  We went out for froyo, had an amazing brats/burgers cookout, went swimming and hung out at one of the parks near the Rez (the reservoir).

4. On Good Friday, our church participated in a simulcast event hosted by David Platt called "Secret Church."  The premise is that there are thousands of believers in the world who live in persecuted countries and can only meet at "secret churches" to learn as much about the Gospel as they this study is 7 hours long and is a "fire hydrant" of information blasted at you.  David Platt SPEEDS through, but it is all really potent truth straight from the Bible.  The theme this year was "The Cross and Suffering" and it was a truly hard-hitting and emotional study.  It's amazing to see how throughout the ENTIRE Bible, even the early Old Testament, that God's plan was carefully designed to show the Gospel message...through the suffering of the Israelites in Egypt, the suffering of Job, the suffering of Paul, and Christ's amazing suffering on the cross for you and me...

The study book was 200+ pages long and PACKED with great bible passages and quotes.
5. Last but not least, today was Easter...many Christians prefer to say "Resurrection Day" to emphasize our Risen Saviour instead of the bunny and eggs and commercialization...but I don't really care for that.  Honestly, we should be celebrating Christ's resurrection EVERY day, for it is the very foundation of our faith and what separates us from other religions.  Christ IS risen, He is alive, and He will return someday...He is the ONLY hope we have in this world.  I am so unworthy of my Savior's gift of life through his death, but his glorious love and mercy is SO profound that He gives this gift freely to ALL who believe.  Simply amazing.
Church Bulletin cover I designed for today :)
It's been an amazing week!  How was yours?  Link up with Lydia and share your 5 postives!