Up until three weeks ago, everyone thought the brain quiets itself when it’s not involved in an activity. New research proves the contrary. Even when you think you’re not actively doing anything, your brain still hums along, using ‘as much energy daydreaming as solving a tough math problem’ Continue reading “The pacific waves”
The human body is a sensitive creation. It’s affected by everything, small and big. Every organ responds. Every tissue, every cell, every nucleus.
Nanotechnology makes the headlines again, this time saving men from painful biopsies for aggressive prostate cancer diagnosis.
Who, Where and What- Researchers of the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI) in Alberta, Canada developed a highly sensitive blood test that incorporates an exceptional nanotechnology platform to diagnose aggressive prostate cancer using only a single drop of blood. Continue reading “Nanotech-based innovative prostate cancer test helps bypass unneeded painful biopsies”
“We’ve found evidence that atomic motions in proteins play a major role in impacting their function,” said David Giedroc, Lilly Chemistry Alumni Professor at the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry. These atomic motions dictate protein structure and function, and since proteins serve as important drug targets, this research finding especially resonates with scientists focusing on drug discovery, design and development. Since this is what I’m studying too, these findings speak to me! They are INTRIGUING! Continue reading “The atomic-level secret of drug-resistant bacteria”
(This is a term paper that I did for one of the Writing classes at uni)
This paper aims to investigate the influence of exile on the Roman poet, Ovid. The theme of his poetry prior to banishment differs substantially from that produced during exile owing to the change in surroundings, experiences, and state-of-mind of the poet. Ovid also introduces certain new poetic elements into his poetry, during his exile, to enrich his work. Scholars of Classics have highlighted several differences between Ovid’s pre- and post- exilic poetry. Four of those differences will be explored in this research paper, which are, the autobiographical nature of post-exilic work, exploitation of the redressive capacity of poetry, usage of creative word-magic and promotion of self-mythology, including intertextuality. The title of this research paper “From Rome to Tomis and Back” is inspired by Ovid’s physical (exilic) journey from Rome to Tomis and his return to Rome in the form of his books (Tristia and Epistulae Ex Ponto), which were, wherein, preserved and left to be read and appreciated by generations to come.
On March 20, 43 BC the Italian Apennine valley of Sulmo saw the birth of one of the most celebrated poets of all time, Publius Ovidius Naso. More commonly known as Ovid, the poet-to-be belonged to an illustrious family of equestrian rank that lived in the city of Sulmo (present day Sulmona) to the east and slightly north of Rome.
Ovid received education in Sulmo and then in Rome for law and politics – an expected career for men belonging to a family of that standing. However with a natural flair for poetry, Ovid soon denounced his political training for the love of poetry. At the ripe age of seventeen/eighteen, Ovid began narrating his poems in public recitals. Over the years, his works Amores, Metamorphoses, Fasti, Epistulae Heroides, Ars Amatoria and a few others soon earned him the eyes, ears and attention of the society. (Mack, 1988, p. 13-14)