We tend to view art as being limited to the human experience, conveying emotion that is exclusive to a living, breathing individual. Nonetheless, the early 1970’s challenged this theory when a computer art program by Harold Cohen with the name of AARON erupted. It was the first ever robot produced paintings. AARON was capable of [...]

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Group 3 Planaria Lab

WORM 2: Written by Dylan For the planaria lab I (Dylan) was in group three with Mike and Steve. Steve had asserted that he did not want to physically cut a worm himself so, for the two worms that needed to be sliced, Mike and I had authority over a single worm. The three of [...]

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Begging for Death, the Diary of Online Pets

Neopets is a website that was launched by Adam Powell and Donna Williams in late 1999 and in June 2005, purchased by Viacom for $160 million. Gameplay allows users to create and care for ‘Neopets’ and explore the online world of Neopia. The game does not have any requirements and is set up with an [...]

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Good and Evil on the Long Voyage

The "immortal" hybridoma cells under a microscope. The intersections of bioart, the immersion of art and biology, and the expression of concepts and reactions to the concept of immortality is an area readily explored by many artists, scientists, and students alike, with intense modern focus on the extension of life through laboratorial cellular [...]

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Organ Harvesting

With the discussion of life preservation, one might think about organ donations.  It's perceived as a humble sacrifice, honorable even, to selfless offer a piece of your anatomy to aid in another.  However, due to high demand from the people in need and the value of bodily parts has birthed a dangerous market. In countries [...]

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The Multiverse

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the creators of the show Rick and Morty, in large part due to their comical and captivating responses to issues relating to existence and the infinite. While the show is set in a fictional universe with extravagantly sci-fi hypotheticals, it poses intriguing questions in each [...]

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The House of The Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a science fiction story set in the not so distant future in what we know as Mexico. Set on an estate that produces massive quantities of Opium and is ruled by a powerful drug lord named Matteo Alacran, the story depicts a disturbing but likely portrayal of [...]

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Planaria Lab

 Group 5 Observations (Alexa, Sabina, Afnan) Planaria Observations   Sabina: Working with the planaria was an opportunity to discuss different forms of immortality and survival. For our group, we noticed that both our uncut worm and a cut piece of tail not only grew, but eventually split apart and regenerated. This splitting was most likely [...]

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Playing God

Dolly Sheep with scientist who created her Ian Wilmut Scientists first began cloning with frogs in the 1950’s, not extremely successful but since then things have only gone forward. The first mammal being Dolly the sheep in 1996, that died five years later. However, human cloning is a controversial topic and has yet [...]

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Planaria: The Miraculous Regenerating Worm

Our understanding of biological immortality was given practical application with our experiment with the planaria in Professor Chamany’s lab. Although we have read a lot of theoretical work surrounding biological immortality, and the mechanisms for the regeneration of life, the actual physical practice and observations that took place during the experiments created a deeper understanding [...]

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