biophysicist

Seeing someone suffer with anything, ESPECIALLY sickle-cell like myself hurts. I legit silently cried seeing souloshawn pic b/c I vividly know the process of ER and IVs and oxygen tubes, to admission, and just waiting out the pain as it slowly gets better; or sometimes it gets worse. I only have a serious crisis that requires me to goto the hospital once or twice a year on average (been like this since 2009) and it’s mainly thru diligence and training. But since I was 5 I’ve wanted to be a scientist and when I was 9, after nearly dying in a hospital from my illness, declared to find/create the cure for it. So ever since then I’ve tried to forge myself into the scientist (geneticist/biochemist/biophysicist) needed to do so. Hopefully I take the right steps forward into doing so. 

A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.

The report by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition said a rupture on the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number of waterways which feed into Winnipeg’s water supply.

The pipeline transporting oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries and port terminals on the East Coast would partly run underneath an aqueduct carrying Winnipeg’s drinking water from Shoal Lake near the Ontario boundary.

Dennis LeNeveu, a retired biophysicist and author of the report, said a 40-year old repurposed natural gas line would be used across Manitoba. Such pipelines can get corroded and have ruptured four times in Manitoba in the last 20 years, he said.

The entire length of Winnipeg’s 100-year-old aqueduct would be in danger of contamination from the pipeline, which would run parallel to it, LeNeveu said.

“Small, continuous, undetected leaks will occur and seep unseen into the ground causing ground and surface water contamination,” he said following the release of the report Monday. “One spill, one leak – it doesn’t have to be a big leak – almost anywhere along that line can be carried over our aqueduct.”

There would also be “a significant risk of rupture and explosion” from a nearby natural gas line in Manitoba, LeNeveu said. Such an explosion could “easily be as large or larger” than the train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Que., almost two years ago, the report said.

“The smoke plume from such an explosion and fire could necessitate the immediate evacuation of the entire population of Winnipeg should it occur nearby.”

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Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), the company behind the $12-billion pipeline, said it would be safe. Spokesman Tim Duboyce said the company already does a thorough inspection of the existing line with technology that can detect erosion as small as a pencil tip.

Such defects are immediately repaired, he said. Energy East would be monitored around the clock and would be shut down the minute any leak were detected.

“We’re proceeding with the preparation of this project with safety at top of mind,” Duboyce said.

TransCanada has never had an oil pipeline leak because of a problem with the “integrity” of the line, he said.

Critics say even a small risk of contaminating Manitoba’s water is too great.

“There is absolutely no replacement for water in sustaining life,” said Vicki Burns, director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project. “On the other hand, we know there are new technologies that actually will allow us to meet our energy needs without relying on the problems of fossil fuels.”

Alex Paterson with the energy justice coalition called on the provincial government to oppose the proposal, even though it is federally regulated. Paterson said the province still controls building permits and conducts its own environmental assessment.

“The reality is, if they wanted to protect the water, the only sure way to protect our water is not have this pipeline go through.”

Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff declined to be interviewed. Spokesman Al Foster said in an emailed statement the department was studying the report and it would be taken into consideration during National Energy Board hearings on the project.

graphicalcapitalist asked:

Are you still doing that Homestuck AoS? I think I purposely necroed the sc2mapster thread but I was just curious since I had a similar idea.

Ah, the Starcraft 2 Homestuck AoS.  The info on the SC2Mapster subforum for it is probably really outdated!

(An AoS, FYI, is a game with a gameplay type resembling DotA, Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, and the numerous lookalike games that have spawned thereof. The genre started as a Warcraft 3 custom map, and Starcraft 2 custom maps make AoS-style multiplayer games (relatively) easy to craft for programmers.)

Our mapper/developer wasn’t able to stick to the project during the initial run, and let the thing stagnate. (I might have too, I don’t recall, so take any blame I place with a grain of salt?) I used to be the primary cheerleader for the project, but since he let it fall inactive, even when he’s approached me with offers to restart it, I wasn’t willing to put my limited energy behind & cheerlead something - put my name behind it - if I knew it had died at least once.

I’m still interested in the idea, though, and if he resumed work on it again, I’d still help! I like to think I’m pretty good at spell ideas, things that fit characters, game design ideas in general, et cetera. He even offered to restart it several times, and we had some un-finalized ideas for heavily revising the character skillsets (and integrating information we’d learned about how the kids’ and trolls’ roles work), but it didn’t get off the ground.

Here’s the problem:  Even if BioPhysicist (our mapper) had fresh dedication (which I’d like, since his vision of the game matches mine), it is impossible for him to start up without a project cheerleader. Someone to recruit and promote interest in the AoS, generate and stimulate the general flow of ideas, get people posting about it and discussing it in group Pesterchum chats and IRC, et cetera! The entire project has to be a living, active group effort, and the only way to make it into that is for a cheerleader who believes in the project to lead the crowd with a megaphone while the mapper or mappers work.

However, even if a new mapper joins in to make this a reliable team effort and things start to take off, I wouldn’t have the energy and enthusiasm to be project cheerleader again.

If the Homestuck AoS is ever going to be a thing, we’d need:

  1. A new project cheerleader willing to spend lots of time and effort gathering members and promoting discussion of the systems and hero skillsets. Preferably, they’d know their shit in detail about both Homestuck and AoS-style abilities/gameplay, but that’s mainly because the best way to promote activity and discussion of the game is getting people to help hash out parts of it, skillsets and ideas. (And to talk about the current state of the game plan in excited detail!) In my limited experience, anyway. Without an effective project cheerleader, little to no progress would be made!
  2. One or more new mappers to work alongside BioPhysicist if he’s still interested, or work in lieu of him if he can’t be contacted. (BioPhysicist had experience making an AoS, making him an attractive candidate from the start, FYI, but I wouldn’t be extremely confident in the project if it relied on his dedication alone.)

I can’t pass on messages to BioPhysicist right now - I haven’t seen him online in ages, and his last SC2Mapster login is February 22nd - but uh; I guess there’s food for thought? If the project ever gets started again, I’d love to take a crack at some more hero skillset rewrites! :)

Today on Google:
Happy Birthday Rosalind Franklin!
Born: July 25, 1920, Notting Hill
Died: April 16, 1958, Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.

The report by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition said a rupture on the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number of waterways which feed into Winnipeg’s water supply.

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The pipeline transporting oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries and port terminals on the East Coast would partly run underneath an aqueduct carrying Winnipeg’s drinking water from Shoal Lake near the Ontario boundary.

Dennis LeNeveu, a retired biophysicist and author of the report, said a 40-year old repurposed natural gas line would be used across Manitoba. Such pipelines can get corroded and have ruptured four times in Manitoba in the last 20 years, he said.

The entire length of Winnipeg’s 100-year-old aqueduct would be in danger of contamination from the pipeline, which would run parallel to it, LeNeveu said.

“Small, continuous, undetected leaks will occur and seep unseen into the ground causing ground and surface water contamination,” he said following the release of the report Monday. “One spill, one leak — it doesn’t have to be a big leak — almost anywhere along that line can be carried over our aqueduct.”

There would also be “a significant risk of rupture and explosion” from a nearby natural gas line in Manitoba, LeNeveu said. Such an explosion could “easily be as large or larger” than the train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Que., almost two years ago, the report said.

“The smoke plume from such an explosion and fire could necessitate the immediate evacuation of the entire population of Winnipeg should it occur nearby.”

Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., the company behind the $12-billion pipeline, said it would be safe. Spokesman Tim Duboyce said the company already does a thorough inspection of the existing line with technology that can detect erosion as small as a pencil tip.

Such defects are immediately repaired, he said. Energy East would be monitored around the clock and would be shut down the minute any leak were detected.

“We’re proceeding with the preparation of this project with safety at top of mind,” Duboyce said.

TransCanada has never had an oil pipeline leak because of a problem with the “integrity” of the line, he said.

Critics say even a small risk of contaminating Manitoba’s water is too great.

“There is absolutely no replacement for water in sustaining life,” said Vicki Burns, director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project. “On the other hand, we know there are new technologies that actually will allow us to meet our energy needs without relying on the problems of fossil fuels.”

Alex Paterson with the energy justice coalition called on the provincial government to oppose the proposal, even though it is federally regulated. Paterson said the province still controls building permits and conducts its own environmental assessment.

“The reality is, if they wanted to protect the water, the only sure way to protect our water is not have this pipeline go through.”

Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff declined to be interviewed. Spokesman Al Foster said in an emailed statement the department was studying the report and it would be taken into consideration during National Energy Board hearings on the project.

Here you can see the biophysicist totally working and not bloody freezing at work because someone let the bloody window open and now it’s only barely warmer here than outside.

Also, I should thank my grandma for the west because….oh, wait, I just found warm socks in my bag, yay. Oh, and the winter scarf, perfect. It’s good to have a big bag, you can hide stuff on the bottom and forget about it.

Fashion? What fashion? I’ll start giving a meow about that once our office stops cosplaying Frozen.

Rosalind Franklin, DNA scientist, celebrated by Google doodle

British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer helped discover DNAs structure but controversially missed out on Nobel prize The latest Google doodle celebrates the life and work of British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose research led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Franklin was born in Notting Hill, London on 25 July 1920. Continue reading…… [Read full article]Read more popular articles on
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