DMA160|Spring2019

Final Project Update

My inspiration for my final project was to build something with biodegradable electronic components and thus have a sustainable electronic device. DIY projects are a powerful way to reduce consumption and be more self-sufficient while working towards a sustainable future. However, for us that make DIY electronic projects, our options are only working with toxic and damaging electronics.  These components hurt our bodies and environment as they contain toxic levels of lead and other compounds which are released into the air, land, and water (1). 

Water and Sound

While dealing with ideas of noise pollution in the ocean I came across a couple of interesting articles revolving around sound and water. The first is a recent development where Stanford scientists successfully created the loudest possible sound in water (1). This was a sound that reached over 270 decibels! The reason that this is the loudest sound possible is that at this high of amplitude, the pressure breaks down the medium of water itself and it instantly vaporizes. Previously the loudest sound made was in air, which could only reach around 194 decibels.

Week 8: Kaitlin Bryson & Project Update

Project update

This week in class, I enjoyed getting familiar with the works of our guest lecturer, Kaitlin Bryson. It was really helpful seeing her work as it perfectly aligned with our class goal and the final project. It gave me a better reference as to how artists, who are trying to limit their waste, produce their next artwork. My favorite works she presented were her mycelium pillow and the work she did with students in Nepal.

Week 8: RE:Proposal

My original idea was to grow a book from mycelium and that has not changed. The initial proposal lacked substance, both for the project and for the book itself. “What is the book about?’ was a question that plagued me since I decided on this project, a conceptual gap that was never fully bridged. For me, it was like discovering an interesting technique, yet not knowing how exactly to apply it to my work in a meaningful way.

 

We are alien stardust, we are viral genes: macro micro reframed

Every creature contains hydrogen atoms and every material element is manufactured in stars through their fusion. We are created from stardust by nuclear fusion, like our myriad siblings – animals, plants, insects, plankton, bacteria and viruses, and we all function together in vibratory fields – bottom up just as nature and nanotechnology works.

Week 7: Contextualizing CRISPR

Sam explained to us last Monday how CRISPR works. He briefly illustrated the mechanism behind the biotech apparatus for gene editing with straightforward diagrams and labels devoid of scientific jargon. Though his explanations were clear, he did not have the time to cover the a full biology course worth of material on genetics and molecular biology. Some of his descriptions require a certain level of prior knowledge.

Week 7: Inside Look at CRISPR

This week we delved deeper into my favorite topic of the class so far; CRISPR technology. Although we also focused on CRISPR in our discussions last week, I gained a completely deeper, and contextually stronger understanding of the technology. Most importantly, we got to see CRISPR in action by visiting a real research lab here at UCLA!

Week 7

One of the topics that intrigued me was from the guest speaker on Monday where we learned more about CRISPR technology. I still had difficulty understanding CRISPR technology, but after his presentation and discussions I was able to understand the technology better. The genome is made of ATCG and the genes are laid out on the DNA. Each gene is different, and they each have different roles and characteristics.

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