Archive for August, 2013

An Illustrative Parallel between the Bible & DNA

// August 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // Blog

The cell’s entire play has one script — DNA. The wisdom behind the construction of biological systems is profound. The cell treats DNA like the Bible — with great reverence. Most proteins are synthesized off of an mRNA copy of the DNA rather than directly from the DNA itself, and (like the Bible’s central role in determining the life of a follower of Christ) the cell refers studiously to the DNA for direction of literally every cellular process. There’s a gene that controls literally everything, just like scripture is sufficienct for all of life and godliness for the Christian. Just a thought.

Could this be a cure for Malaria?

// August 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Blog

The U.S. military and the medical community have just announced that they’re sitting on a potential cure to Malaria. 3.3 billion people live in areas where they are at a risk of getting Malaria. There were 219 million cases in 2010 (about 660,000 people around the world lost their lives to Malaria). So, this is a huge dent into the mortality rate of Malaria to have a 100% cure. For one year as an undergraduate I did undergraduate research in a lab working for MMV (Medical Malaria Ventures) where we did extractions on thousands of specimens to send them off to a microbiological lab for Kirby-Bauer Drug Testing to find potential hits. It was exciting to think that one of them could be a potential cure, in my hands. Brute-force drug discovery is very hard, but needed. I’m glad they found a cure That’s very good. But what are they going to do about the world’s leading cause of death — abortion?

This is what CNN has to say about the Malaria Vaccine: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/malaria-vaccine/index.html

 

5 Interesting compositions to listen to while studying (many you may not have come across)

// August 4th, 2013 // 1 Comment » // Interesting, Random Thoughts

I listen to very strange music sometimes. I have an old as dirt playlist called “Classical Music to Listen to While Studying.” I created it yeeaarrs ago. There were some interesting finds in this playlist that I’d like to share. These songs and pieces are very interesting compositions or arrangements. I put this list together here on IsaacDodd.com over a period of a few weeks, just pasting interesting pieces here and there as time permitted while studying, of songs I found were interesting.

 

 

 

1. Dale Kavanagh’s Tales of Greiffenberg, The Forest, Wind Dance 

This is a 57-minute concert by Dale Kavanagh but Wind Dance is at the following times:  14:18 – 17:14. This is one of the most well-composed short compositions I’ve heard from the classical guitar. It’s too bad I haven’t found it anywhere else on the internet other than in this concert. Maybe she never recorded it for an album distribution. As I understand it so far from research, Dale Kavanagh is a very gifted interpreter who has a very great knowledge and command of the pieces she plays.

Joaquin Rodrigo’s Invocation et Danse
Here’s another piece that she plays in the same concert in the video above, Invocation et Danse, at times 18:18 – 25:38, played by Dale Kavanagh in a video by itself.

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Guitar Concerto, 2nd Movement

In the 57-minute concert Dale Kavanagh decides on this piece to play after playing some of Lobos’s Etudes. The version above was an orchestral version of that. It’s beautiful when accompanied by an orchestra.

2. Leo Brouwer’s Etudes

Leo Brouwer’s Etude 6

Leo Brouwer’s Etude 11

These pieces are short and beautiful, a study on guitar by Leo Brouwer. They are very interesting to listen to. There’s an entire playlist by this guitarist on YouTube of these etudes, 1 through 12. Here are the most interesting ones.

 

3. Dale Kavanagh’s “Contemplation – A la Fueco”


This is a rendition of Dale Kavanagh’s piece, played by someone else (very nicely played). The full rendition can be seen played by Dale Kavanagh herself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP6xpIqtmG4

 

4.Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Rio”

Ryuichi Sakamoto is the composer behind an interesting award-winning movie from the 80’s, The Last Emperor. He’s also a bridge between Western and Eastern Classical music, a genre called Neogeo.

 

5. Leonard Bernstein’s “Maria” from the classic movie, West Side Story

Beautiful Composition with a particularly unique arrangement from a classical guitarist I’m not familiar with. Leonard Bernstein is a marvelous composer. It’s misfortunate that he had an all-roads philosophy of life so I can’t recommend his life as a composer.

Strange find: Physiologic Necrosis

// August 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Blog, Medical Science

“…under specific conditions such as caspase intervention, necrosis has been proposed to be regulated in a well-orchestrated way as a backup mechanism of apoptosis. The term programmed necrosis has been coined to describe such an alternative cell death.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20390367