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iammyfather:

Abandoned WalMart?   But they bring prosperity.  Ask Republicans.

iammyfather:

Abandoned WalMart?   But they bring prosperity.  Ask Republicans.

(Source: questionall)

dailydot:

'Mathematical aspirations' by Unearthed Comics

dailydot:

'Mathematical aspirations' by Unearthed Comics

kqedscience:

Listen Closely As This California Forest Falls Eerily Quiet Over 10 Years

"Does the sound of the forest change over time?

Bernie Krause knows.

The expert bio-acoustician has spent decades recording natural sounds all over the world, including one particular section of forest between Napa and Sonoma valleys.

Over a ten year stretch, from 2004 to 2014, he’s noticed a major change in the biophony of the section of forest where he records.

Listen in to hear the startling changes.”

Learn more from KQED News.

thebearsupthere:

the-cinnamon-peelers-wife:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make the least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?




Yup.

I realize that Tumblr is made up of mostly a younger generation, that’s why YOU need to pay attention to this, because YOU can make a difference.

thebearsupthere:

the-cinnamon-peelers-wife:

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make the least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

Yup.

I realize that Tumblr is made up of mostly a younger generation, that’s why YOU need to pay attention to this, because YOU can make a difference.

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thelilnan:

darylfranz:

【画像】 カニvsワニ! カニの勝利! - ゴールデンタイムズ

i’m sure people know this, but for those of you who don’t, alligators and crocodiles (this is a gator) have some of the most powerful jaws on earth—if they’re biting down. their muscles are made to clamp and hold while its body twists, taking down its prey and (typically) drowning it. however, they have next to no opening power, meaning this crab’s claw has rendered this gator almost powerless

thelilnan:

darylfranz:

【画像】 カニvsワニ! カニの勝利! - ゴールデンタイムズ

i’m sure people know this, but for those of you who don’t, alligators and crocodiles (this is a gator) have some of the most powerful jaws on earth—if they’re biting down. their muscles are made to clamp and hold while its body twists, taking down its prey and (typically) drowning it. however, they have next to no opening power, meaning this crab’s claw has rendered this gator almost powerless

Benefits Of Placebo Highlighted

mindofapharmacystudent:

Writing for the Upshot column in the New York Times (10/14, Subscription Publication) Austin Frakt, a health economist with several governmental and academic affiliations, writes about the placebo effect, illustrating the strong mind-body connection and the ability for fake treatments to…

s-c-i-guy:

Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies
Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears.

By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.
In a new paper in the online journal eLife, the team from the University of Michigan Medical School’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute and Harvard University report the results of their work to understand NT3’s role in the inner ear, and the impact of increased NT3 production on hearing after a noise exposure.
Their work also illustrates the key role of cells that have traditionally been seen as the “supporting actors” of the ear-brain connection. Called supporting cells, they form a physical base for the hearing system’s “stars”: the hair cells in the ear that interact directly with the nerves that carry sound signals to the brain. This new research identifies the critical role of these supporting cells along with the NT3 molecules that they produce.
NT3 is crucial to the body’s ability to form and maintain connections between hair cells and nerve cells, the researchers demonstrate. This special type of connection, called a ribbon synapse, allows extra-rapid communication of signals that travel back and forth across tiny gaps between the two types of cells.
"It has become apparent that hearing loss due to damaged ribbon synapses is a very common and challenging problem, whether it’s due to noise or normal aging,” says Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., who led the team and directs the U-M institute. “We began this work 15 years ago to answer very basic questions about the inner ear, and now we have been able to restore hearing after partial deafening with noise, a common problem for people. It’s very exciting.”

Image: This microscope image of tissue from deep inside a normal mouse ear shows how ribbon synapses (red) form the connections between the hair cells of the inner ear (blue) and the tips of nerve cells (green) that connect to the brain.
Credit: Corfas lab - University of Michigan

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s-c-i-guy:

Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies

Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears.

By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by and normal aging.

In a new paper in the online journal eLife, the team from the University of Michigan Medical School’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute and Harvard University report the results of their work to understand NT3’s role in the , and the impact of increased NT3 production on hearing after a noise exposure.

Their work also illustrates the key role of cells that have traditionally been seen as the “supporting actors” of the ear-brain connection. Called , they form a physical base for the hearing system’s “stars”: the in the ear that interact directly with the nerves that carry sound signals to the brain. This new research identifies the critical role of these supporting cells along with the NT3 molecules that they produce.

NT3 is crucial to the body’s ability to form and maintain connections between hair cells and , the researchers demonstrate. This special type of connection, called a ribbon synapse, allows extra-rapid communication of signals that travel back and forth across tiny gaps between the two types of cells.

"It has become apparent that due to damaged ribbon synapses is a very common and challenging problem, whether it’s due to noise or normal aging,” says Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., who led the team and directs the U-M institute. “We began this work 15 years ago to answer very basic questions about the inner ear, and now we have been able to restore hearing after partial deafening with noise, a common problem for people. It’s very exciting.”

Image: This microscope image of tissue from deep inside a normal mouse ear shows how ribbon synapses (red) form the connections between the hair cells of the inner ear (blue) and the tips of nerve cells (green) that connect to the brain.

Credit: Corfas lab - University of Michigan

read more

hellagays:

exdog:

paradoxes-for-breakfast:

reasons why halloween is the best holiday:

  1. you are not obliged to visit your relatives
  2. you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
  3. people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
  4. its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin

5. no one will look at you funny when you buy eighteen boxes of candy even though you fully intend to sit in the dark and eat them alone.

6. discount candy

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deportallwhitepeople2k14:

chicagotribune:

Teal pumpkins signal safe Halloween treats for kids with allergies
Halloween can be scary for children with severe food allergies.
But this year families in Chicago and beyond are reaching out to kids who can’t eat peanuts, milk or other common allergens by putting a teal-colored pumpkin on their front porches as a signal that they are handing out treats that are safe.

Cool idea

deportallwhitepeople2k14:

chicagotribune:

Teal pumpkins signal safe Halloween treats for kids with allergies

Halloween can be scary for children with severe food allergies.

But this year families in Chicago and beyond are reaching out to kids who can’t eat peanuts, milk or other common allergens by putting a teal-colored pumpkin on their front porches as a signal that they are handing out treats that are safe.

Cool idea

theaatproject:

Scientists Find Way To Reuse Cigarette Ash As A Water Filter
Among the long, long list of reasons why we shouldn’t smoke lies cigarette ash: it’s a fairly unsavory chemical cocktail that also happens to be a major eyesore around any popular smoking spot. But thanks to a team of chemists, we could use that same cocktail of horrific chemical to make water clean. Go science!
Specifically, a group of scientists led by Jiaxing Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that coating cigarette ash in aluminium oxide makes for a highly effective filter for removing arsenic from water. Specifically, in tests they found that it stripped 96 per cent of arsenic from contaminated groundwater, meaning it meets the standards imposed by the World Health Organization for arsenic filters.

theaatproject:

Scientists Find Way To Reuse Cigarette Ash As A Water Filter

Among the long, long list of reasons why we shouldn’t smoke lies cigarette ash: it’s a fairly unsavory chemical cocktail that also happens to be a major eyesore around any popular smoking spot. But thanks to a team of chemists, we could use that same cocktail of horrific chemical to make water clean. Go science!

Specifically, a group of scientists led by Jiaxing Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that coating cigarette ash in aluminium oxide makes for a highly effective filter for removing arsenic from water. Specifically, in tests they found that it stripped 96 per cent of arsenic from contaminated groundwater, meaning it meets the standards imposed by the World Health Organization for arsenic filters.

Research shows that Portal 2 outdoes brain training software to improve performance in cognitive tests!
Two groups of adults were randomly selected to play either lumosity games or Portal 2 for 8 hours. They were tested on neuro-cognitive tests to assess problem solving, spatial skills, and persistence before and after playing their respective games.
Results: Portal 2 players scored higher than lumosity players in all three areas that were tested. Portal 2 players also had significant increases in spatial ability.
Lumosity players did not show improvement in any of the areas tested.
Research article

Research shows that Portal 2 outdoes brain training software to improve performance in cognitive tests!

Two groups of adults were randomly selected to play either lumosity games or Portal 2 for 8 hours. They were tested on neuro-cognitive tests to assess problem solving, spatial skills, and persistence before and after playing their respective games.

Results: Portal 2 players scored higher than lumosity players in all three areas that were tested. Portal 2 players also had significant increases in spatial ability.

Lumosity players did not show improvement in any of the areas tested.

Research article

autistic children do not need to be “redeemed” by Mysterious Talents 2k14

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bewbin:

nasa trying to eat the moon

bewbin:

nasa trying to eat the moon

(Source: unknownskywalker)

nevver:

What the United States eats

nevver:

What the United States eats