Monday, 24 March 2014
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I’m feeling a little depressed right now, so I’m going to react to The Bride of Frankenstein in a different light.
Nobody wants to be rejected. We all want to be recognized not just by the ones we care about, but also by everyone we encounter everyday. We want to look presentable everytime we show ourselves in public. My point is, we all want to feel accepted.
Anyway, The Bride Of Frankenstein is a movie adaptation of Mary Shelly’s novel. In the film, Frankenstein was a monster created from the different body parts of several dead people, contrary to Mary Shelly’s version wherein Frankenstein was actually the scientist who created the monster.
In the film, the scientist attempted to create a girl version of Frankenstein so Frankenstein wouldn’t be lonely. Unfortunately, when the girl monster was finally created, she didn’t like Frankenstein. And that brings us back to my very first point. I really felt sad for Frankenstein. There are only the two of them and yet, his supposed-to-be wife didn’t like him! Just imagine how tragic that is :( I think neither  the bride nor Frankenstein is the monster in the film. It’s actually the mad scientist who is actually really mad for thinking of doing such things. >.<

The movie, in a way, is immoral. Bringing someone back from the dead is already immoral in itself, how much more creating two monsters with the use of random body parts from random dead people. It’s gross! Also, it’s not right because supposedly, only the powerful One can make a living creature.
Sunday, 23 March 2014
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When a man is diagnosed with cancer, the language commonly used to approach this disease is war metaphors. The bodies are turned into war zones where cancer is the enemy, medical professionals as the heroes, and medical treatments as search and destroy processes. The body fights itself by killing its own unit and its own cells, but there is no assurance of victory. There are only two options in cancer battle, whether a man will continue living through medical treatments with the help of physicians, or a man will die in vain. A diagnosis of cancer for some people means hopelessness, means the end of world, means a punishment for all their wrong doings. But for some that are brave, strong, courageous, and with perseverance, cancer is just a challenge given by the powerful One. A challenge that must be accepted and must be faced because after all the hardships and the pains, we learn a lesson and it feels like a light is seen from the deepest and darkest parts of the earth. A man winning the battle against a cancer is like a man winning the lottery or finding the most precious treasures beneath the earth, but sadly it’s just a metaphor. A man never becomes a millionaire after using all his money to cure his disease. But after all, we can’t bring our money up there so why not use it to save our life? And sadly, there are always those who will lose the fight and those that will perish their life because nothing can stop the disease from making its own masterpiece which is death. But losing to cancer does not mean that you’re not strong or you’re not worthy of living on earth. Maybe, there’s nothing we can do and the only thing to do is accept the truth and to use the remaining days of our life to cherish the most valuables things in life.

I don’t want to have cancer, not because I will become poor but because it’s one of the hardest things to accept. And when someone says that I lost the battle against cancer, I will personally come back and haunt them. >:)
Saturday, 22 March 2014
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“When you see a person, you cannot sa ‘Oh, she’s 32% beautiful.’ No, you cannot quantify beauty. You cannot quantify love.”

“It is easy to be beautiful because it is natural.”

-Imelda Marcos

Undeniably, among all the films we’ve watched in our STS class, this film, Imelda Marcos: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines, moved me the most. I don’t know if it’s her stunning face or her strong aura, but she’s got that thing that catches people’s attention.

She’s a really vain person. She’s confident and she knows what she’s doing most of the time. She has goals and her dedication towards them is impressive. She’s bossy and she usually gets everything she wants. Because of all those, I am amazed by her existence. Everything was perfect in the first few years of the Marcos’ reign. I don’t know how, why, and where things went wrong, but it’s all too sad. What was once beautiful turned out to be very disastrous. Like what they all say, all good things must come to an end. She is, afterall, just like other politicians—power hungry and selfish. I’m not saying all politicians are corrupt, but it’s quite evident that majority are.

Oh ohh, my dear country, I pity you.

P.S. I don't understand why people like her voice. :)))

Marie Julliene Solidum
Friday, 21 March 2014
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            Many innovations have challenged the role of ethics in research and in practice, but bioprinting might be the greatest innovation to take on this challenge in the history of science. Serving as a scientific means of changing the health industry, bioprinting is the process of generating new tissues and organs from preexisting cells. The term “bioprinting” originates in the method that is undertaken to perform this process – the technology that generates these new tissues and organs is similar to a printer that uses ink to create text and designs on paper. With the capabilities of bioprinting finally being realized, ethical issues abound as the potential uses of this technology are also becoming evident.

How It Works
            The mechanisms of bioprinting function just like that of an inkjet printer. As inkjet printers use cartridges filled with ink that will be released onto paper, bioprinters use cartridges that dispense living cells. The part of the bioprinter that controls this process is the bioprint head, which moves left, right, forward, backward, up, and down within the allowed area to designate cells into the predetermined shape of the desired tissue or organ. The bioprint head releases cells and a gel to preserve the cells during the bioprinting process, and layer by layer the tissue or organ is created. After the cells have been released into the vat, the cells will begin to bind to each other to form the tissue or organ. This entire process is based on the existence of a digital 3D image of the tissue or organ that is to be formed.

Possible Beneficial Uses
            Many beneficial uses for bioprinting have been recognized and may hold significance in the future of medicine. Among the most obvious due to the ability of bioprinting to create organs is its use to do so for the purpose of organ transplants, which would eliminate the need for organ donors and the need for waiting lists for transplants. The second beneficial use for bioprinting is to generate tissues for use in plastic surgery; this may be primarily for plastic surgery that is needed for functional and cosmetic reasons following severe bodily injury or for vanity. For example, body parts have already been created through bioprinting such as prosthetics (A Brief History, n.d.). Third, bioprinting can benefit medicine by allowing for extensive research through the generation of tissues and organs from human cells. By producing tissues and organs in this way, an adequate amount can be dedicated to finding treatments and cures to diseases and other health problems, and the effectiveness of medications can be tested for effectiveness and health maintenance. Finally, the additional supply of tissues and organs from bioprinting may improve the accuracy of medical procedures by providing opportunities for practicing such procedures, and with further innovation bioprinting may even allow for the creation of tissues directly into the body or organs to be repaired within the body.

Ethical Dilemmas
            Although bioprinting holds potential for various innovations in medical care and treatment, it does present some ethical issues because of how it may be used in future practice. First, the appropriateness of bioprinting to be used for cosmetic purposes may eventually allow the generation of new faces that people can have created upon themselves after the removal of their own facial cells (Bioprinting, n.d.). Second, youth may be able to use images of their own faces for facial reconstruction in the years of the future to provide lifelong youth. Another possibility is that bioprinting may provide prolonged life – if organs and other body parts are repaired or replaced throughout life, this might add years to the average lifespan and even contribute to the idea of immortality.

            Bioprinting emerged out of the innovation of 3D printing in 1984 that enabled the creation of 3D objects from digital data and appropriate materials (A Brief History, n.d.). The most important benefit of bioprinting is the ability for improving lives – whether through prosthetics or organ transplants, bioprinting may extend lives and improve the quality of life. It is a complex process that requires the use of cells from the specific individual for which the new tissues or organs will be created, because this will eliminate the possibility of rejection by the body. Bioprinting holds significant potential for the future of medicine, but the ethical challenges may exist for some time until the possibilities are genuinely denied that bioprinting may be used for inappropriate measures as those already described.

“A brief history of 3D printing.” (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2014, from <>.

“Bioprinting.” (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2014, from <>.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
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Light is the most important thing to all of us. Everything that we have right now is because of light. We base the things that we do base on the actions of others. but on a greater sense, religion and science always conflict at a certain level. Both of regligion and science may believe in end of the world but the two of them have different ways on how it will happened and the essence of what is happening. They don't come together since both have different beliefs and ways on how to process and analyze ideas or facts.
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Mikko Chino R. Salvador / 2013-70157
Reaction Paper #7
March 20, 2014

Music has always been part of our daily lives. From the crowing of the roosters in the morning to the sound of the crickets at night, music is there. Science, also, is a big part of our lives. From the gas stoves cooking your food to the sewage and power systems we have around the world, science, too, is everywhere.

Deep within the notes played by famous artists are emotions and the totality of a music piece are just emotions and thoughts conveyed to us through music. This is what the musicians and philosophers before have done with their music. They used music as an instrument to convey science; to help us understand the complexities and the beauty of science. Through music, science is not just words or numbers forced into your brain; it’s a series of thoughts that rides with the notes of the music.

Even now, people are still using music to help people understand science. It even became a part of the pop culture from “The Big Bang Theory” theme song to the “Epic Rap Battles of History”. Ultimately, music has been a vital part of our life and we could use it to help us understand science even more.
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Mikko Chino R. Salvador / 2013-70157
Reaction Paper #6
March 20, 2014

Frankenstein is a novel by Mary Shelley that revolves around a scientist, Henry Frankenstein, who successfully brought the dead back to life. The Bride of Frankenstein is a sequel to the first film adaptation. In The Bride of Frankenstein, Henry Frankenstein continues his experiments and attempts to bring another dead body to life, this time, a woman.

The story of Frankenstein shows that limits should be set and should be followed in science. Boundaries should be set when it comes to fiddling with life and death. Scientists should have a sense of balance between morality and science. They should know what to experiment with and what not to. Morality has a vital role in science and should be kept in check. Experimenting on something that does the impossible is a very tempting thing to do because of all the possibilities that come with it but it also blurs the line between us and God.

In the film, the monster was able to speak some words to convey his thoughts and his motives behind his actions. This creates a chance for him to connect with the viewers so that they could better understand the motives of the monster. For me, it is a better approach so that the monster is actually a character in the story and not just an object that needs to be fixed.

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