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Guest Post: Quarantine!

Home > Guest Post > Mayor announces quarantine; National Guard will enforce Compiled from online sources by Bruin staff The Daily Bruin UCLA’s student newspaper since 1919 Mayor announces quarantine; National Guard will enforceCompiled from online sources by Bruin staffAugust 31 A total quarantine has been imposed on the greater Los Angeles area to prevent spread of the petroplague.  In addition, a nighttime curfew will also be in effect starting at 10 PM.  It is unclear how the curfew will be enforced on the thousands of Angelenos currently fleeing the city on foot. UCLA campus remains closed except for essential functions.  There have been rumors of activity in the Bioenergy Institute, which has been implicated as the source of the petroplague.  Fire alarms were reported in the building but with all civil services paralyzed, firefighters were unable to respond. UCLA graduate student Christina Gonzalez wanted to use biotechnology to free America from its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Instead, an act of eco-terrorism unleashes her genetically-modified bacteria into the fuel supply of Los Angeles, making petroleum useless. With the city paralyzed and slipping toward anarchy, Christina must find a way to rein in the microscopic monster she created. But not everyone wants to cure the petroplague—and some will do whatever it takes to spread it. From the La Brea Tar Pits to university laboratories to the wilds of the...

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Guest Post: Alternate fuel research isn’t all “green”

Home > Guest Post > Alternate fuel research isn’t all “green” The Daily Bruin UCLA’s student newspaper since 1919 Alternative fuel research isn’t all “green” By staff writer Alan QuatermainAugust 24 How did you get to class today? For most UCLA students, gasoline did the work of moving them from where they woke up to where they needed to be. But one UCLA graduate student is hoping to change that. Christina Gonzalez, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Chen at the UCLA-CaliPetro Bioenergy Institute, is using bacteria to produce a biodiesel that doesn’t come from petroleum. “Our goal is to make a substitute for gasoline using the energy of the sun,” Gonzalez says. “In the lab we’ve altered the DNA of some common bacteria to let them make isobutanol, which can be used as a fuel in certain diesel engines.” The bacteria are hard at work on the rooftop of Gonzalez’s building, using photosynthesis to capture the energy of the sun. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Gonzalez admits. “Our bacteria can make fuel, but we have to feed them. So it still costs more energy to produce than we get out in the end.” Nevertheless, you may have seen the lab’s alternative fuel test vehicle, a neon green Mini Cooper wrapped in UCLA ads. Occasionally, Gonzalez gets the car for a weekend....

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Guest Post: Juliana Stone and The Art of Paranormal Romance

Home > Guest Post > Guest Post: Juliana Stone and The Art of Paranormal Romance Please welcome Juliana Stone to  Happy Book Birthday Juliana! Juliana is the author of the paranormal romance series Jaguar Warriors. Her series has been described as “passionate” “steamy” and “intriguing”, a must read for paranormal romance fans. Juliana’s third book in the Jaguar Warriors series releases today and to celebrate that release she has embarked on a blog tour to help promote her books. Also, Juliana and Harper Collins will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky person who leaves a comment! The Art of Paranormal Romance. Paranormal romance is a sub-genre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror. So says Wikipedia. I’ve had a love affair with paranormal elements in novels for years, back before they were even known as paranormal. I think the first book that really hooked me was Interview With a Vampire. I was dating a guy in high school who was really artsy. He looked like Jim Morrison and at the time I was really digging the Doors so that was more than enough for me. He was also into books. He gave me Interview...

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Guest Post & Giveaway with Author M.M. Shelley

Home > Guest Post > Guest Post & Giveaway with M.M. Shelley Please welcome M.M. Shelley  to M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, wordsmith and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story of faerie’s and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration. Ms. Shelley is offering up one paperback copy of her novel Mishap & Mayhem to one lucky U.S. commenter.  See PJV rules & regulations for more details. Contest ends July 22nd. Time and Fuzzy Logic My logic is fuzzier than a peach. Fuzzy logic has defining parameters that set degrees of truth, so “false”, “maybe” and “OK”, which is generally how I roll. This means that truth is defined in shades of gray, and ain’t nothing more unappetizing than a gray, fuzzy peach. Fuzzy logic is limited, and doesn’t apply to a lot of things, but I liked the way it sounded; besides, if a book can be named “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” which is not really about either, then I suppose I can do the same with this article. It is said that James Thurber, renowned American humorist and all-around dead guy, feared running into himself while walking...

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Guest Post: Stephanie Julian talks Etruscan and Giveaway

Home > Guest Post > Stephanie Julian talks Etruscan and Giveaway Please welcome Stephanie Julian  to Stephanie is the author of  some very HAWT series, like the LUCANI LOVERS series and her just recently released WHAT A GODDESS A WANTS of the Forgotten Goddess series. Both series, I’ve read and enjoyed! It’s a pleasure to host Stephanie today and to find out more about the ETRUSCAN race. When I first got the idea to write a paranormal with magic, I didn’t really have any idea I’d end up creating an entire civilization that’s taken over my writing life. About six years ago, I had an idea for a story about witches. Of course, witches use magic, so I needed a magical tradition. I knew about Celts and, by association, Wiccan, but that was pretty much the extent of my magical knowledge. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to somehow tie this magical tradition into my Italian heritage? So I started researching. I found some information on La Vecchio Religione, the Old Religion of Italy, and discovered that there’s a history of Italian magical folk traditions. Okay, that’s great. But where did that come from? Some came from the ancient Roman civilization, which every child learns about in elementary school. But some were remnants of an even older civilization called the Etruscans. Historically, the Etruscan civilization appears around...

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