The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets and the humanimal relation
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The adventures into the life of the “Edible-nest” Swiftlets and the humanimal relation

             The tropical heavens of South Asia attract people for their paradisiac sand beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees and fresh exotic fruits. Others are drawn to South Asia’s alternativism to Western Culture, which includes the local cuisines and traditional medicines. Various renowned local foods may be perceived as ‘bizarre’ […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Tigers of India : Ranthambore National Park
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Tigers of India : Ranthambore National Park

«Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National […]

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 […]