“Wounded by us, because they are like us”
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“Wounded by us, because they are like us”

Historically, there is a sense that humans and wild elephants have been able to coexist in relative peace whenever and wherever they’ve shared a common space. However in recent decades, human/elephant relations have gravitated towards conflict. On the one hand, elephant numbers are dropping precipitously in most parts of the world due to general habitat loss and […]

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 […]