Periplum Petroleum
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Periplum Petroleum

  En janvier 2016, la revue scientifique Science déclarait officiellement l’entrée de notre planète dans une nouvelle époque géologique: l’anthropocène. Notamment révélée par la signature de technofossiles issus du pétrole dans les strates sédimentaires, cette nouvelle époque est caractéristique d’un système économique et politique mondial dit pétromoderne — qualifiant ici la dépendance accrue de notre […]

Involution en terrain chaosmique: le devenir-animal de Wajdi Mouawad
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Involution en terrain chaosmique: le devenir-animal de Wajdi Mouawad

Anima, le dernier roman de Wajdi Mouawad sorti en 2012, est un récit tragique sur notre rapport au monde et s’inscrit à point dans un climat politique et environnemental en crise. Dans ce roman, Wajdi Mouawad pose une question ontologique urgente: quel rapport entretenons-nous au monde et aux autres? Il ne s’agit donc pas d’une […]

C2C12: Coming back
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C2C12: Coming back

“Vous, qui aspirez à la Métamorphose Singulière que seul GenTrip’ peut vous procurer, devez intégrer cette unique vérité: tout – et nous voulons bien signifier TOUT ici – n’est que lien. Les connaissances que vous devez intégrer ne signifient quelque chose que dans l’exacte mesure oú elles dépendant exclusivement des rapports, des relations, bref des […]

Lab life: where are my cells?
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Lab life: where are my cells?

It was July 2015 when I dived into the laboratory for the first time. Since then, I have started to learn the craft of cell culture, I have pursued experimental protocols, I engaged in empirical search, I was co-domesticated with numerous technologies. I am searching for a grip on the other forms of life with […]

C2C12: Comparing crafts
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C2C12: Comparing crafts

Artecraft, Septembre 2015 The 3D printer has been out of order for about 10 days now. I found when I stepped in the main lab early on a Tuesday morning, September 8th. The whole printing piece was taken apart. Fan and extruder were lying on the printer bed. I failed to capture it in pixels, […]

CROS: Cartographier la mort animale sur les routes pour la conservation écologique
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CROS: Cartographier la mort animale sur les routes pour la conservation écologique

Le nombre exact d’animaux tués sur les routes est difficile à cerner. La plupart du temps, les nombres de mortalités animales ne représentent que le nombre d’incidents reportés. Ces nombres, qui varient par ville, province, état ou pays excluent bon nombre d’animaux tués, mais jamais reportés. Dans certains cas, les animaux heurtés qui ne succombent […]

C2C12: “That’s science.”
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C2C12: “That’s science.”

My two last trial runs ended up here:  First came the squares. Before even attempting imaging, Dan – a PhD student in the Pelling Lab who has been guiding me on this project – told me the squares wouldn’t work for the imaging. Another problem was that cells had seemingly fallen from the square onto […]

C2C12: Growing cells on 3D printed wood
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C2C12: Growing cells on 3D printed wood

The Pelling Lab is one of creative exploration. My current project is to try and grow my C2C12 cells on 3D printed wood. Today, my cells reached their 19th passage (averaging at one or two a week since they came into my care on July 9th). It is in the basement lab that I am […]

C2C12: Manufacturing life in a laboratory
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C2C12: Manufacturing life in a laboratory

Macdonald Hall is the building on campus hosting the University of Ottawa’s physics department. It is down a set of stairs, in the basement, that resides the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanophysics: a state-of-the-art research facility renovated in 2011 (Biological Physics, 2012). A large door marks the entrance and has to be electronically unlocked to access […]

The Ethics of Reviving Long Extinct Species
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The Ethics of Reviving Long Extinct Species

“There now appears to be a plausible pathway for reviving species that have been extinct for several decades, centuries, or even millennia. I conducted an ethical analysis of de-extinction of long extinct species. I assessed several possible ethical considerations in favor of pursuing de-extinction: that it is a matter of justice; that it would reestablish […]