Elite Engineer

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  • Birthday 11/05/1992

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    BS in Biotechnology,
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    should have gone to school for chemistry... :/
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    Protein Chemist

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  1. I'd say just males for this, but the female gives birth to the progeny so it applies for both. Male perspective: Ideally, if a male has a high rate of acquiring mates, that's a good thing. More probability of spreading his genetics around a population, he's desirable, most fit in the selection/ competitive aspects. But what changes when a portion of the population of females (~30%) is infected with a transmissible disease that would adversely effect the males sexual performance, such as herpes, HIV, gonorrhea, etc. How would his fitness be effected, the number of females he interacts with etc. Female perspective: Pretty much the same question for the female, but in addition, if the female acquires a disease that will directly effect the progeny (HIV, herpes) does that eliminate her from the evolutionary timeline in terms of ability to produce progeny, and maintain her fitness? ~EE
  2. My job is more marketing than science...what to do?

    How do you like your job? You're a PhD correct? Academia or private sector?
  3. So I'm a research scientist for a small diagnostic company. Been working for the last 2.5 years. When I first started, I wasn't crazy about it(reasons listed below), but I waited till I moved up in my lab, hoping I'd have a new experience. Turns out, no. The lab I work in does very minimal science, and more of "product development", which involves slapping together a half-assed product that's already on the market with "XYZ" modification that company A doesn't have. The majority of my work is based around market strategy in product design, and very little investigative science. This company has the scientists acting as regulatory, marketing and part-time scientists. I was hoping to work in a lab environment similar to that of an academic lab where there's actual research. I've looked for such jobs, but they all pay as much as 15-20% less than what I'm currently earning. Is this a common theme in the science industry? Have any of you guys had a similar experience? Am I doomed to the same fate where ever I go? ~ee
  4. What are your regrets?

    I'm 27 (I know I'm still young)..but here's mine: -not taking sports in high school more serious -not majoring in engineering -not sleeping around -not learning investing until I was 25 ~ee
  5. Vertical Farms: Ethanol Fuel

    Well sure, it doesnt have to be corn or switchgrass. If sugar beet has the highest yield then do it. But I believe the whole concept would be worth it. My issue with this is: -You're still limited to building in 1 dimension, and in the future, space will be limited. -The task of constantly supplying thousands of gallons of water to maintain growth would be ridiculous. If you do manage to get the artificial lake built, you're talking about one huge lake. With the vertical farm idea, you could in theory use structure of the old oil rigs. - An open ocean would get plenty of sunlight for solar energy. I think the halfway point here is vertical farms in the ocean that grow algae.
  6. Vertical Farms: Ethanol Fuel

    In this hypothetical questions, let's assume the infrastructure and automotive industry is well suited to run on ethanol fuel. Would a vertical farm, off shore much like oil rigs, be the best way to cultivate corn or even switchgrass? Think of a 70-story building, 3 acres per floor. All water is provided at the source. Crops could be genetically engineered in a way that you'd obtain the highest yield, and the genetic modification wouldn't harm people as it wouldn't be consumed. Picture as many vertical farms as there are oil rigs. Why not in the future, convert the oil rigs into vertical farms? ~EE
  7. I understand the evolutionary side of the reasoning, but not so much the biochemical side. How can an enzyme such as, alcohol dehydrogenase, be able to metabolize so many different substrates? Is it that the catalytic site is "ambiguous" or freely moving to accept a wide range of substrates? Or is it that the enzyme has multiple sites for substrates? ~ee
  8. Polyurethane foam - are they safe?

    In what capacity are you asking is it safe? I wouldn't recommend eating it.
  9. 3 Choices, pick one:

    I mentioned this is my replies above. Assume all solutions applied have no negative consequences.
  10. 3 Choices, pick one:

    How would moving Earth's population to Mars end disease? What about genetic drift? Bacteria would be mutating as well to different virulent strains. The questions is geared towards the justification of the choice, for the benefit of the population, not the mechanism by which it operates. Assume each choice has no negative consequences in it's implementation (i.e. reduce global warming by executing 90% of the population). This comment is too edgy for me. Seriously, let's have a conversation on the choices, and which (you, us, and I) think would benefit humanity the best.
  11. 3 Choices, pick one:

    An advanced alien species visits Earth. Upon examination of our species and speaking with world leaders, they say they will offer Earth one of three choices to which they will help, and make our request a reality. The choices: 1.) -End Global Warming 2.) -Colonize Mars with 1 week transport, full living facilities, food, etc. 3.) -Cure all diseases on Earth choose one and explain why for your choice
  12. Yes this is what I was trying to ask.
  13. Psychological trauma. The patient is no longer the gender they identified with at birth.
  14. Doesn't have to be PSA. Let's say the doctor has evidence of prostate cancer. What direction does the doctor take?
  15. Discussion came up at work. If a man to woman transgender presents PSA in a urine sample, is the doctor obligated to notify the patient? I'm not sure, because in one sense the doctor could be causing psychological trauma to the patient, while in the other case, the patient has a high chance of prostate cancer.