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Upon getting information about an upcoming school science fair and the need to consider a topic of interest, many students will typically have no idea where to get started. While the science fair is typically a common occurrence in any school at any grade level, there are different types of topics that should be taken a look at depending on the age of the student. After first taking a look at the many different categories of science projects, you will be able to locate a suitable choice of topic to take to the next level.There is a wide variety of categories that fall under the types of science projects that can be chosen for a school science fair. These include biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, biochemistry, medicine, environmental, mathematics, engineering, and earth science. While you may not have yet learned very much in any of these categories, don’t be afraid to see what each one entails. Taking a good look at your interests will allow you to focus on the right direction to take.Many resources are also available for those who are unsure as to the topic they are wanting to use to create their science projects. If you take a look at the topics that fall under the biology category, you will likely notice that there are topics that deal with plants, animals, and humans. For those who are in 2nd grade or 3rd grade, an interesting topic may be to determine if ants are picky over what type of food they eat. While this topic might not be of interest to an 8th grader, it is certainly something in the biology category that an elementary school student would enjoy.Along with the biology category, a high school student may want to take a look at diffusion and osmosis in animal cells as this would be a more appropriate topic for the grade level. A student in 6th grade would be more advanced than an elementary school student, but not as advanced as a high school student. At this middle school grade level, a topic of how pH levels effect the lifespan of a tadpole may be of interest.Whichever resource is used to locate a topic for science projects, it is always a good idea to consider the grade level of the student prior to making a selection. It is always assumed to be best to have a project at an appropriate level in order to keep the attention of the student and provide a fun and enjoyable learning experience.

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Digital Truth

In its infant stages the art of photography may have been innocent and true however, over the years it has slowly been contaminated and changed. Shortly after its inception the photograph was subject to “touch-up” actions meant to enhance the image photographed. This is much the same as it is today with digital photography.I have found that on occasions, I have touched up or modified a photo simply because I desired to stress a particular point on my website. It was not meant as a demurring intent or as a means of being vindictive but merely to illustrate a fine point in the discussion.With this said it is easy to imagine how the art of digital photography could become embroiled in various arguments based upon its ability to truthfully record actual events. We have the technology today to change any photo to look like something it is not. It would not involve a drastic amount of effort to place me in a position where I would be enjoying last week’s ball game with Elvis or seeing me in a “kissing” position with Marilyn Monroe. These images which we view may not be completely honest and true however it would appear by all aspect as an actual event.As indicated in a recent PBS Documentary entitled “American Photography: A Century of Images” we can see how images were manipulated in the past and it is likely that they will be so modified in the future as well. It isn’t a matter of if the digital age has brought an end to truth in photos as much as how much. It is easier and quicker now then ever before to modify photos. The light seen at the end of the tunnel however shows that a trained expert can usually pick out these fakes in no time at all. In this respect, I disagree with the article when they state that “it is not easy to identify the fakes”. In respect however of the article, I must agree with the author about the lack of footprints for digital photos. No negative means no proof, in all reality.I personally do not perceive a drastic change from our “business as usual” when it comes to photos. It merely takes some prudent knowledge and detective work to note the fakes from the real. As the technology gets even more sophisticated we are likely to witness an increase in the number of fakes which we view in public galleries.By Joseph Parish
Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish

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Art Prints or Original Art?

To answer that question, let’s start by taking a look at the differences between art prints and original art.Art prints are reproductions of an original art piece. These can be mass produced by computers and machines. The prices are usually much more affordable, since they’re just a duplication of the original art work.The quality of art prints are dependent on the manufacturing process. Since most art pieces are reproduced digitally, it’s sometimes very hard to tell the reproduced art piece from the original one. Digitally reproduced artwork means converting the original artwork into a digital image so that there’s little or no data loss. The more data that’s retained during this conversion, the better the reproduction will be.Technology nowadays are so good at duplicating artwork that they can even be programmed to “know” the brush strokes of an artist and reproduce any drawing or painting. In other words, with technology, an exact duplication can be achieved. Or at least the naked eye cannot tell the difference.So if the reproduction looks exactly the same as the original and costs way much less, would it make sense to purchase an art print instead of an original art work? Would you buy a duplication of the Mona Lisa for $150, or would you rather spend a fortune on the original?You and I know, deep within us, that the reproduction can never be the same as the original. Because we know that an art piece produced by a machine is just an artifact. It doesn’t feel alive, and there’s no “soul”.Collectors of art know this. They buy the original because the original is a part of the artist. You can almost feel the artist when you’re intuitive enough to feel what goes into a masterpiece. It appears alive. That’s something that money cannot buy.There’s only one original. The others, no matter how masterfully duplicated, are just reproductions. They bring the artist further away, not closer, from the collector.So if you have all the money in the world, would you buy the original or an art print? The answer depends on how close a connection you want with the artist.

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