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Koko the Gorilla

As requested, I thought I would take few moments to speak about Koko the gorilla and her miraculous story. I know that on Thursday we were talking about all sorts of interesting characteristics in regards to animals, but when we were focusing on monkeys and how intellectual they are, I immediately thought about Koko.

The Love of Dogs

          In the United States, its estimated that 70-80 million dogs are owned making that about 37%-47% of all households in the U.S. have a dog (Source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).I am one of those individuals that fall in between that percentage range. I have a small, petite beagle and she is my best friend. She has been with me and has been there for me since I bought her when I was in high school. Dogs are such wonderful company to have because they are always happy to see you and always have your back.

Two Spheres of Privacy: Data Mining and DNA

         Last Tuesday I went to an event titled: Terms of Service: Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data. The event was about how big data mining is all around us, in our social media accounts, our browsing history, and new apps that can track our every location. What happens is, these big-time companies can mine or collect and use our information and track our online behavior.

Bees and their Decline

Last Thursday’s class was beyond what I had expected. I never thought I would be so eager to learn about bees and honey.  And don't get me started with the delicious honey we had to taste… it was such a great learning experience and such a great way to learn how to appreciate a tiny, but impactful insect.

A Day of Innovation

Last Thursday can be summed up into three words: innovation, education, and enlightenment. I think all of us were not only surprised to see so many great presentations but also inspired by what we saw and learned in those presentations. I think all of them were very well done and had a lot creative aspects to them.

So What About Plants?

In Thursday’s lecture, Professor Vesna spoke about plants in a way I have never conceived. She said that plants “have feelings.” I was instantly put off guard and thought that there was no proof or evidence she could bring to sway my dogma that plants were just organisms that provide CO2 to the earth. They cant be like us humans who think, feel, and sense things around us. But, I was wrong. Plants, like animals, have feelings and a consciousness.

Going Number 2 Can Save Lives

            Today, Thursday, April 16th our class got a chance to hear Kathy High speak about her art exhibition on Waste Matters. On display were bottled ceramic feces submerged in honey, photographs of Kathy embodying David Bowie, Kathy’s letter to David Bowie asking him for his poo, a documentary-type vide, as well as artwork on the gastrointestinal system.

DIYECOBIO

After learning about DIYBIO and Ecology making its way into art, I thought to myself how come the two are not combined? There should be a DIYECOBIO where you learn about science in the lab and then go outside and observe nature around you while trying to figure out new ways to help the environment.

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