Reflections (Yan Feng)

Pre-camp reflections
  •      What interests you about this project?
  •       What do you want to learn by doing this project?
  •       What questions do you have about this project?
  •      What do you personally want to have achieved by the end of this project?
This project interests me because it's mainly focused on cells, meaning Biology. And it also includes the usage of microscopes that will be provided to us for us to observe the cells, we will also be taught the basics of 'histochemical staining, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence'. Another interesting part of this experiment would be that we will not only analyze the cells and tissues but also find out it's application in human disease diagnostics.
I want to learn the various techniques used by biologists in observing different types of cells. How these experiments benefit the general society and what application in human disease diagnostics does this experiment have. 
How does the staining of samples for inflammatory disease biomarker protein called vimentin work? How to use the Light and mounted digital camera properly (?) More staining techniques (?) 
At the end of this project i might want to be more familiar on the terms 'histochemical staining, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence'. I will also want to be able to fully understand how the staining, observing of cells/tissues and how it can apply in human disease diagnostics.

 My key learning points from each session...

Plenary session by Prof Kerry Sieh:
A plate enters a ‘Locked’ state until after maybe a long period of time when the plate in the ‘Locked’ state can no longer withstand the pressure and it finally snaps back into it’s original position.
Megathrust is where two plates meet.
First stage of the Tsunami is when a negative wave pulls and makes the water near the shore recede back into the ocean just before the wall of water (Tsunami) arrives and crashes down onto the shore, destroying almost everything it comes into contact with.
Use Stratigraphy and Sedimentology to tell when the Tsunamis were formed.
Islands will rise and have an Uplift after the megathrust broke(?)/ earthquake happens where the upper plate snaps back into place. Having an increase of height.
GPS stations: Sumatra GPS Array/ SuGAr
Measure uplift and subsidence using corals. Uplift being the height of the island that moved upwards during an earthquake.
Radiometric dating to date coals. The usage of Corals and SuGAr system to make forecasts about earthquakes.

IT for Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon:
The optical illusion where two or more static images are put together to produce a moving picture.
Script > Storyboard > Character >  Audio > Key Frame Design > Inbetween frame Design > Final Print. (There are more steps)
2D Lion King = $45m
3D Toy Story = $30m
Important things; Geometry, Linear Algebra, Calculus( Limits, functions, derivatives, integrals), Laws of physics(Dynamics of Fire, Water and fabric movement)
Motion Capture: Image processing, Computer vision, Computer Graphics, Robotics, Data processing.
A few different formulas for Directional(?) Specular (?) lighting.
Patents: CACANi 2.0 core, 3D Line Extraction, 3D Reconstruction from 2D sketch
Versatile Information Technology: Field of engineering involving computer based hardware and software systems.
The challenges of 2D and 3D animation.

Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology by Prof Ma Jan:
Electric Technology,Defence Technology,Nano Tech,Bio Tech
DNA = 2nm
Atoms = 0.1nm
Virus = 100nm
Red Blood Cells = 10 micrometers
Smaller fixed size for a fixed volume = Larger Surface Area. Natural Nano-Ceramics;
Bio mineralized Fluorapatite. To turn jewels to a different colors Nano tech can be used; Chromium; 3+/6+ turns jewel Pink/Green. Titanium is used for brown. Gold isn’t gold in color in nano size. Target Delivery = Mesoporous Materials. Superparamagnetic Ion Oxide(SPIO)Hydroxyapaptite(?) related to Radioactivity (?) Moores’s Law(?)
Stealth/Invisibility of an object occurs when light bends around an object and forms back into a straight line behind the object, not allowing any light to be reflected back to the eyes.

New Questions I have about the topics:
Plenary session by Prof Kerry Sieh: Are there more methods for telling when a Tsunami occurs and is there a way of telling how much damage a Tsunami in the past caused?

Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology by Prof Ma Jan:
More ways in which Nano Science and Tech can be used in everyday life/ research/ experiments. 

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