What shall I write for my essay (or science journal article, may it be)? I look at my blank word document and begin to type. I have my subject! My word document! No, it is the written language, which can capture ideas and thoughts. And my computer, which stores my writing and allows me to edit. More broadly, my subject is innovation, the creation of a new idea or method. The written language, weapons, mathematics, and printing are among the greatest innovations of all time. They have stood through periods of war and of peace and prevailed timelessly as inevitable components of society.
With Falconium's takeoff into the expansive skies of the scientific community, it seems fitting to present a story of how the United States’ campaign against the USSR “took off.” Let’s rewind to the 1960s, to the advent of space exploration and to the set of events through which science made its largest contribution to the United States political stature (as of course, we hope Falconium’s accomplishments will mirror).
The human body is perhaps the most intricate biological apparatus in existence. Because it is constantly active, undergoing changes, and adjusting to different environments, it requires trillions of cells to enable its regulation. Of the most useful and versatile of the molecules in these cells are proteins. Proteins carry out a variety of functions, including building and repairing body tissue, catalyzing reactions in the body, transporting nutrients, contracting muscles, signaling other cells, and providing energy to the body.
Every earthly organism has its good and bad points. Even bacteria, which are the infamous source of countless fatal illnesses, contain valuable traits that have the potential to avail mankind. The idea of harvesting only the benefits of these organisms has given rise to a new field of science involving genetically modified organisms. GMOs, as they are called, allow scientists to build the “perfect microbial machine,” which combines the best capabilities of each organism into one super organism.
This issue of Falconium focuses on issues that have been deemed “green.” This choice follows the trend that has become exceedingly prevalent in media, advertising, and even the Torrey Pines campus: it is the mentality that we - the rising generation - must find and implement the solutions that are necessary to saving humanity.
As the United States’ gas and electricity demands increase and an energy crisis looms ahead, the search for alternative energy sources has been brought to the top of the national agenda. Common alternatives such as solar, wind, and nuclear power have already been studied considerably and are beginning to provide for a small fraction of our energy needs.