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Running Away

By LaurenK, published on Dec 22, 2011

Between two cities that cannot meet,

Between two paths of an open street

Zig-zag, cross, tag,

My hand in yours

We flee to fly.

Snatch

At that point we grab,

Fingers to mend the tear

Barely a scar

By the visitor's eye

Humbly waiting for the day of escape

Break far but not free

In open arms

Of the key's guard

I wander the side of the safe

Near to the days of same

Sleep and calm

But never peace of heart

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Tags: escape, running away, breaking free, unsettled

Dark seed

By LaurenK, published on Dec 14, 2011

They say there’s a seed buried eastward

Beneath the hills,

Hidden under dirt and snow

Dark, the seed that shall not grow

Truth written in the DNA

Of the thing that may decay

Will this seed bear fruit or weed?

Westward eyes prey to find

Answers frozen in a season of reason

One cannot retrieve

Without the seed of the East

On the river’s shore

The ebb and flow

Through the days and night

Might offer this frosted seed life

And light?

Nay darkness

Dark seed breathes

In heart... (more)

Tags: poetry, growth, truth, creative, seed, self-denial

Light, Channel, Action - A bright future for ChR2

By LaurenK, published on Nov 26, 2011

It’s easy to forget that every second thousands of events occur in your body just to keep you alive. Perhaps one of the more obvious of these is the beat of your heart, which amongst many things requires the functioning of a specialized type of cell called pacemakers. These keep everything “pulsing”.

When pacemaker cells stop working properly heartbeat can become slow, irregular, or stop altogether. This type of heart failure can be detected using an Echocardiogram (ECG), and can be treated using an amazing little device called an artificial pacemaker. It does the job the pacemaker... (more)

Tags: light, channel-rhodopsin 2, pacemaker cells, heart failure

The Science of the Null Hypothesis

By LaurenK, published on Nov 22, 2011

Science has always been a great adventure for me. Whether I was four years old conducting “experiments” involving cocktails of soaps, perfumes and make-up or at university watching a cell preparation come to life under the microscope, I’ve always felt as if I was on a new and exciting journey of discovery. When I began to venture further down the road of science, however, I was disappointed to no longer feel like an explorer. Instead, I felt like someone asking the same question until I got the “right” answer. I wasn’t after a discovery…I was after a p-value less than 0.05.

Despite the... (more)

Tags: discovery, null hypothesis, dr ioannidis, contradictory research, science publication, science dogma

Obama receives tight embrace down-under

By LaurenK, published on Nov 20, 2011

Did you know that Australia is the only nation that has fought alongside the US in every major conflict over the past century? For better or worse its true, and after Obama’s speech to the Australian parliament, it doesn’t look like things will be changing anytime soon. Listening to Obama’s speech actually gave me the creeps - the heavy patriotic tone, the chiming phrases emanating a knuckle crack to China, the newspeak about “strategy” and “close friends”…I wonder whether Aussies amongst others honestly buy this crap?

Australia and much of the Asia Pacific Region has a lot to offer... (more)

Tags: presidential speech to australian parliament, obama in australia, china on the rise, australia's military alignment with us, australia and us alliance

Falling Leaves

By LaurenK, published on Nov 16, 2011

With every leaf that falls

Our winter sinks deeper,

A current flashing through the earth

it grooves the dirt

like my cream white arm

carrying the scars you carved out

With every leaf that falls

On backs and over heads

ears do not tire

for they lost their function

long ago

so nothing can puncture through

No Saviour

No Hero

No Glue

Can stick back together us - both me and you.

With every leaf that falls

I wander through the desert

The barren land

My hungry hands

... (more)

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Chomsky Visits Oz to Accept Peace Prize

By LaurenK, published on Nov 14, 2011

Less than two weeks ago, on the 2nd of November I had the opportunity to cross paths with one of the most intelligent, brilliant minds of this age – that belonging to the one and only Noam Chomsky. I was even more fortunate to hear him speak not once but twice on his visit to Australia.

Its hard to describe what its like to be a part of such a delightful piece of history. The Sydney Peace Prize, announced in June, was awarded to Chomsky as a way of recognizing his constant fight for peace and justice in the world throughout his life’s work. It was quite overwhelming to be seated in... (more)

Tags: truth, noam chomsky, chomsky, sydney peace prize 2011, peace and justice

Surviving a climbing partner: the essential guide

By LaurenK, published on Nov 14, 2011

Ok so clearly when I say climbing partner I’m not talking about a climbing buddy who stands at the end of the rope to make sure you don’t die, hauling insults, patronizing tips and occasional words of “encouragement” that are meant to make you feel motivated, such as “You’re nearly halfway there!” No. I’m talking about being with someone who is a climber. My partner/boyfriend/guy who seems to hang around me a lot, is sadly afflicted with chronic vertical obsession syndrome. This can sometimes lead to complications in our relationship, though there are also benefits (the six pack is coming... (more)

Tags: climbing, rock climbing, climbing partner

Balancing

By LaurenK, published on Nov 7, 2011

Contemplating

Time saving

While standing on a stick

Clumsily placing

One foot in front of the other

- A delicate trick

Quickly pacing back and forth

In the small space of my flat

Caught on one leg

Trying to keep track

Of one thing

And another

Then Mother,

Father,

Sisters and Brother

Slope in at one side

And I can’t seem to

Carry it without

Hunching

Kind of

Crouching down

With the heal of my foot

Slamming to the... (more)

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The Pink Line

By LaurenK, published on Oct 27, 2011

I stare at the first pink line and wait.

One, two thr– oh god. Oh god, oh god, oh god. A hand – the one attached to my arm, is shaking uncontrollably.

I’m only 19! I squeal.

It wasn’t my fault and

It broke and

I took the pill and

I followed all instructions and

I’m studying and

I don’t have a job and

I don’t have a home and

I have no money…and…and

I’m scared.

I close my eyes and hope this will appease the god I don’t believe in to take pity on me and stop the horror emerging in the little box. I peak through... (more)

Tags: pregnancy, creative, abortion, pregnancy test

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