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February 4, 2013

Jenny asks…

I need help with a research paper over animal testing?

Where are some, or where can I find some good articles on how animal testing kills hundreds of animals every year and how it is pointless? I’ve tried Google Scholar but it didn’t help me at all. Thanks.

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hope it helped

Lizzie asks…

What gene in natural black willow bark helps treat acne?

Genetically modified foods project… I have to find the specific gene in an organism’s sequence to “insert” into something else, via bacteria/vector….
i cannot find it anywhere, not even on google scholar.
help! thank you!

Administrator answers:

It’s the salicylic acid that works for acne… And it’s topical. Not systemic.

Since salicylic acid is not a simple protein, I’d doubt it’s a simple gene transcription/translation system. There will be a series of steps in the pathway. So… Chances are you’re going to have to find another plant that naturally produces the compound. Then you could splice in extra copies of the promoter sequence. Or if you find a gene that regulates the promoter, you could splice in that to up-regulate it.

I may have over-thought this. *laughing* But figured it’d help to know what the active chemical is wrt acne, at least.

Mary asks…

Where on the web can I learn about unusual mythologies?

I’m looking for info on lesser known mythologies, but I fear Google Scholar might be a little advanced for me (tell me if I’m wrong. I don’t find Joseph Campbell incredibly difficult, for example). Any ideas on where to get good info that’s in depth, but not necessarily intended for academics?

Administrator answers:

They don’t get any more unusual than what you see right here at this site.

David asks…

How do plant cells repair themselves?

I am doing a science fair project on the ability of plants to regenerate after damage from wind and wind blown sand. How do plant cells repair themselves after damage? Any links you could recommend would be of great help. I can not find much information on this topic online searching “google scholar” and other science journals.

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Helen asks…

How do plant cells repair themselves?

I am doing a science fair project on the ability of plants to regenerate after damage from wind and wind blown sand. How do plant cells repair themselves after damage? Any links you could recommend would be of great help. I can not find much information on this topic online searching “google scholar” and other science journals.

Administrator answers:

There is limited amount of repair that can be accomplished by plants. If a phloem tube is penetrated, it forms a slime plug to stop the loss of phloem fluids. If you cut a potato it forms a “scab-like” tissue over the cut surface. Gardeners will cut large seed potatoes, let them scab and then plant the potato. If a beaver gnaws of a portion of the bark, growth occurs at damaged point and will slowly over-grow the wound. It would be similar with damage caused by wind-blown sand.


Richard asks…

What is the average premium for a single adult and a family of four in the United Kingdom?

Average premium in health insurance!!

No blogs, no ehow, no wikipedia, etc.

Only get from google scholar or somewhere else!!

Administrator answers:

Zero. They have socialized medicine.

James asks…

Where can I find a good critical analysis for Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden?

I’m having the hardest time finding a free critical analysis article for this book! I tried searching my school’s library resource page, Google Scholar, and just normal search engines, but it’s impossible! Could any of you find one for me? Or tell me where to find one? Thanks!
I’m sorry I wasn’t clear, but when I said “critical analysis”, I didn’t mean “review”, I meant “critical analysis”. They’re not the same thing.

Administrator answers:

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love, always elusive, is scorned as illusion.

Sayuri’s story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Through her eyes, we see the decadent heart of Gion–the geisha district of Kyoto–with its marvelous teahouses and theaters, narrow back alleys, ornate temples, and artists’ streets. And we witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it. But as World War II erupts and the geisha houses are forced to close, Sayuri, with little money and even less food, must reinvent herself all over again to find a rare kind of freedom on her own terms.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a book of nuances and vivid metaphor, of memorable characters rendered with humor and pathos. And though the story is rich with detail and a vast knowledge of history, it is the transparent, seductive voice of Sayuri that the reader remembers.

‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden is an enchanting story which follows the life of a beautiful, young Japanese girl named Chiyo in her quest to become a geisha. The story begins in 1929 in Chiyo’s birth town of Yoroido, a small fishing village on the Sea of Japan. Chiyo lives here until the age of nine, with her mother, father and sister Satsu in a little ‘tipsy house’ on the cliffs. Everything is normal is Chiyo’s life, until one day she and her sister are bought by Mr Tanaka and taken by train to Kyoto. Once in Kyoto, Chiyo is sold to a renowned geisha house in Gion and is separated from her sister, who is later to be found working as a prostitute.

To begin with Chiyo hates the idea of becoming a geisha and is tormented by Hatsumomo, the other geisha in the house. Chiyo rebels and tries to escape Gion with her sister but is unsuccessful, and as punishment she is told she can never be a geisha and must work as a maid instead. During this time she is constantly humiliated by Hatsumomo and looses touch with her only friend Pumpkin and her sister, as well as finding out that her parents are dead. Alone in the world and feeling as though she cannot carry on, Chiyo meets a kind man by the banks of the river who restores her faith in humanity and love. Spurred on by this man’s warmth, Chiyo vows she will become a successful geisha and find this man again to repay him for his kindness.

The story continues with Chiyo’s mission to become a geisha, following her life through her training and apprenticeship, the auctioning of her virginity for a record price, the lavish parties she attends, and to her search for a ‘Danna’, a rich patron who will pay for her geisha lessons and her daily upkeep. Throughout this time Chiyo is searching for the man she was comforted by on the banks of the river and dreams of telling him how much he means to her. One day she finally meets the man again, but can she tell him how she feels when she finds out it is his best friend who finds her attractive and that the man she wants to be with doesn’t even seem to notice her.

The story is told through the eyes of Chiyo, who later becomes known as Sayuri when she becomes a geisha. Through her vivid descriptions and explanations of her life in Gion, the reader is transported to a faraway world and we learn about living the life of a geisha and the rigorous training and customs they must follow. There are many rules and procedures that must be followed in order to become a successful geisha, and the competition is fierce between the geisha. Just as Sayuri is settling into her new life as a geisha the Second World War strikes Japan and Sayuri finds she must reinvent herself once again.

Susan asks…

How do I change the search engine preference on my iPad?

A pop up popped up and I wanted it out of the way, it ended up changing my search engine to yahoo and honestly yahoo sucks as a search engine for the types of searches I make. I need google scholar

Administrator answers:

On your iPad, go to Settings >> Safari and under the General section, select Search Engine. Here, you can change the default search engine back to the one you need.

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