Project Oblicity- NaNoWriMo 2020

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Entry One

Project Oblicity Files - Entry One

5/19/2039

1:56 P.M

Oblicity

At precisely 11:24 P.M, in Lan Room 12a,on May 14th, located at the New Discoveries science department building, a new recently unknown substance was discovered.

Dubbed oblicty, this synthetic stretchy material was discovered by Dr.Connor Haley, a lead scientist in the biotechnology field.

Dr. Haley is a newly rising lab researcher popular over the web and media for her strange interest in bubbles. Five days ago, she made a groundbreaking discovery that has invoked the curiosity of much of the world.

Yesterday, we contacted her in a one on one interview to find the reasons behind why she created the oblicity in the first place.

AUD 35:43 Interview

{REDACTED}: Hello, Dr. Haley. This is {REDACTED} from the Department of Government Sciences. I’m here to talk to you about the new synthetic substance you say you call oblicity.

CONNOR: I see.

{REDACTED}: I was informed that you dabbled in biotechnology, Dr. Haley. What caused you to become interested in pursuing synthetic building creation?

CONNOR: First, of all, I didn’t dabble in biotechnology. That was my major in college. I’m sure that many of the government officers don’t bother to know the people who actually do the {redacted} work around here, but whatever.

{REDACTED}: Dr. Connor,I’m sure you are aware that this entire conversation is being recorded for future research. If you would kindly act with more professionalism, I think that would suit you better.

CONNOR:[Inaudible]Fine. As an answer to your question, yes, I am in the biotechnology field. Why I chose to work towards that specific goal was something you’ll never find out.

{REDACTED}: Dr.Connor-

CONNOR: Sorry, I didn’t have my coffee today.

CONNOR: I’ll continue. Let me put it in simple words. Earth is really not doing too well. It might seem fine now but decades from now, the Earth will be a big polluted mess. Yes, most of us right now wouldn’t be alive, that is true. But our younger generations will have to face this, and as a mother as well as a scientist, I believe that we should plan for the future in advance, so our children, our grandchildren will still be able to live a full life on our planet.

Statistics show that 50 years from now, 10% percent of all human population on Earth is going to be living in pollution filth. Living like that makes them more susceptible to catch diseases, stunt their growth, and die at an early age. If we want to continue living on Earth, we need a different solution then what we have currently.

{REDACTED}: What made you decide to go into a biotechnology field?

CONNOR: Well,to be honest, at first I wanted to be a climate change activist. However, after talking to a few of them and experiencing what they do, I realized that all of their efforts are mostly in vain. They spend the whole of their life advocating, and persuading others. I thought that instead of telling others how to act I would actually partake in research that could help prevent climate change. I wanted to actually do something that I would know for sure make a big difference.

CONNOR: After spending days stuck on how I, a simple grad student, would be able to do something to save our dying world, I suddenly had a eureka moment. I was walking home one day, thinking to myself, what if instead we created a new place to live in? A place where pollution wasn’t ever a thing because the people never needed it? I mean, I’m not an astronomist, and I think that it would be a long time before finding a habitable planet other than Earth.

CONNOR: I was passing by a park when I saw a little girl playing in the grass. In her hand was a jar of bubble solution. I watched, transfixed, as she blew a bubble into existence. I kept staring at the space in the sky where the bubble was long after it popped.

CONNOR: Could I take a sip of water? Sorry, I’m parched.

{REDACTED}: Alright.

CONNOR: Thanks.

CONNOR: Anyways, I went home that day transfixed. The whole night I couldn’t stop thinking about the bubbles in the sky. What if- and I know it sounds kind of crazy - if- we could live in bubbles?

{REDACTED}: Go on. How would that even work?

CONNOR: I know it sounds strange, and impossible. Bubbles are just soap and water, right? Well, what if I made a material - a material that could take the texture, shape and size of a bubble yet be stable enough to live inside of, and breathable, and moldable. With all of those constraints, it sounded like something I’d never be able to achieve.

CONNOR: However, I was busy in school, so that idea was just another dream I thought I would never find again. After finishing school, I decided to pursue my half baked idea,by working as a researcher at New Discoveries Laboratory.

CONNOR: I researched countless topics on the creation of gum, glue, and other sticky and goopy substances, hoping to find a way to create the material I so desperately aimed for.

{REDACTED}: And so you did. Would you be willing to explain the procedure of how, exactly, you managed to produce this material?

CONNOR: Sure. I extracted the base elements of{REDACTED}, leaving only certain {REDACTED}. Taking a syringe, I inserted {REDACTED} into a petri dish, and closed it in a dark room. I waited about {REDACTED} weeks before opening up. It still wasn’t formed enough, so I took the chemical {REDACTED} and the chemical {REDACTED} and poured them over the material. To test this material, the first thing I did was put inside an air vacuum, testing if it was a breathable material that would not deteriorate or crumble in the midst of low air intake. Of course, I did have to make a few modifications each time, but that’s how the process goes sometimes. I also had to test that it wouldn’t pop against a rigid or sharp surface. One thing that was especially important was the fact that the material had to be moldable, flexible, and easy to manipulate, yet also strong enough to hold people. I tested this aspect with small rodents.

{REDACTED}: How long did it take you to come up with a finished project, Dr Connor?

CONNOR: Give or take a process of about 4 years overall. I had to find all of the materials, find time to work on the project while doing assignments at the lab as well, and testing to see if it would work. I also had to let it grow undisturbed for quite a while as well.

{REDACTED}: How long would it take to produce {REDACTED} of oblicity?

CONNOR: Well, to remake it would probably take much less time, and if I had everything I needed to conduct the process it would probably take 2 months for the amount you are interested in.

{REDACTED}: Do you have any plans in mind for how you would carry on with your intended idea for oblicity?

CONNOR: Hmm. I don’t know. I spent most of 4 years of my life dedicated on oblicity, but to be honest, I’m a little sick of it. I came to this department hoping to take off the eyes and pressure on me. I know I created oblicity in the first place, but I think it should be in the hands of people who know what to do with it, that would know how to use it carefully. Of course I’d still like to contribute and help proceed with my intended idea, but I’m letting the people more equipped to take over.

{REDACTED}: And you do understand that once you hand over oblicity, it is the government’s property?

CONNOR: Yes.

{REDACTED}: Alright, thank you for coming here and talking to us. If you would contact us by email or letter more information you have regarding oblicty, that would be very useful for us.

AUD END

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