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Horseshoe Crab Blue Blood + Paint Making

I really enjoyed Sasha Fisherman’s presentation and learned a lot of new information. I also appreciated Emma posting more information on horseshoe crabs. I previously knew horseshoe crabs are one of the oldest living species, but was unaware of their blue blood and how valuable it is. According to Carrie Arnold from National Geographic the lysate from their blood costs $60,000 per gallon.

Year of the Ox + Plankton

Happy belated Chinese New Year! Hoping the best for the year of the Ox. The most prominent memory I have of an ox or cow is when I saw this highland cattle in a field and just so happened to have my camera on me. I love the highland cow’s fluffy bangs and think they are so funny and cute. I felt like the cow was almost posing for me.

Experiment Updates + Kelp

I really enjoyed last week's class and how hands on we were! I have never tried natural dying before this. For reference the plant I collected is shown on the right. I was surprised to find the color turned into a bright yellow. The plant had bright green leaves, reddish stem, and the inside was more of a light yellow.

Hiking and Mycelium Biomaterials

I had a lot of fun hiking and get out into nature! I hiked through Placerita Canyon Nature Center and did the Hillside and Canyon Trail (a little over 4 miles round trip). Placerita is located on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains southeast of Santa Clarita. On the hike there were a lot of stumps, and I was excited to find mushrooms growing on the side of them!

Kombucha and SCOBY Leather BioCouture

I started making kombucha! I ended up using one green tea bag and one black tea, but the color seemed to take on the normal black tea brown shade. I used a glass jar after reading that metal and plastic containers might interfere with the process. The SCOBY looked really strange pouring it into the tea and was very slimy. My cousins made their own kombucha once, and it exploded on them, so I read online to not put a sealed lid on the jar.

Hexagons and Basalt in Nature

I was genuinely shocked to discover in class that nature favors hexagonal patterns. Now, after having looked through examples and discussing, it makes a lot of sense and I’m surprised I never gave it much thought before. From honeycombs to turtle shells, hexagons naturally appear quite often. The article “Patterns in Nature: The Efficiency of Hexagons” explains how hexagon arrays save space (Nature Backin).

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