etymology of Chinese Characters

Oracle Bones to Modern Script

An Etymology of Chinese Characters: Oracle Bones to Modern Script. Adventure Beyond Time features several puzzles that utilized actual historical facts and iconography, including one that focused on the the etymology of Chinese written characters, know today as hanzi (simplified: 汉字, traditional: 漢字). The earliest form of Chinese writing appeared on what today are referred to as ‘oracle bones’. Oracle bones (Chinese: 甲骨; pinyin: jiǎgǔ) are pieces of turtle shell or bone, normally from ox scapulae or turtle plastrons, which were used for pyromancy – a form of divination – in ancient China, mainly during the late Shang dynasty. The
                                                                        
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Example of dna strand segment represented by letters

DNA as Puzzle Design

The Secret of Chimera Labs features a puzzle about manipulating a strand of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA. The puzzle consists of a two redundant mono-alphabetic substation cipher, a pattern-match, item assembly and player action. The ciphers are redundant not because they are the same, because only one needs to be utilized in order to solve the puzzle. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes and carries genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Phosphorus are the elements which are found in DNA. The structure
                                                                        
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