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Rlon Wang

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ahmetozcan:

#sketch #drawing #monster

ex0skeletal:

Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos (via INK - Lupevision)

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ba614:

THIS IS A PICTURE THAT SOMEONE TOOK WHO WORKS ON AN OIL RIG IN TEXAS.

HE WANTED TO GET A SHOT OF THE LIGHTNING THAT WAS FLASHING BY. 
HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE TORNADO UNTIL THE LIGHTNING ILLUMINATED IT.

This has been called a one-in-a-million photo; taken south of Ft. Stockton, Texas.

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humanoidhistory:

An X-ray view of commingling galaxies of M51, better known as the Whirlpool. More from NASA: “The image is a conglomerate of X-ray light from Chandra and visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope. The number of luminous x-ray sources, likely neutron star and black hole binary systems within the confines of M51, is unusually high for normal spiral or elliptical galaxies and suggests this cosmic whirlpool has experienced intense bursts of massive star formation. The bright cores of both galaxies, NGC 5194 and NGC 5195 (right and left respectively), also exhibit high-energy activity. In this false-color image where X-rays are depicted in purple, diffuse X-ray emission typically results from multi-million degree gas heated by supernova explosions.”

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neurosciencestuff:


Finding the perfect balance — regulating brain activity to improve attention
Researchers from The University of Nottingham have found that balanced activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex is necessary for attention. 
The research helps to make sense of attention deficits in people suffering from cognitive disorders — like schizophrenia — who often find it hard to sustain their attention. This has a significant effect on many aspects of their lives, including the ability to follow conversations, drive a car and hold down a job.
Activity in a healthy brain is controlled by inhibitory signals between neurons. The research shows that disrupting this healthy inhibition may be just as bad for attention as reducing neuron firing. It is often assumed that increasing brain activity has cognitive benefits, but the findings show that this is not always the case.
The research was carried out by a team in the University’s School of Psychology and involved inhibiting or disinhibiting the prefrontal cortex in rats and monitoring the effect. The researchers found that both of these extremes resulted in attentional deficits and that the ability to pay attention required an appropriate balance where neuron-firing was kept within a certain range.
Schizophrenia and attention deficits 
Studies of the brain in people with schizophrenia suggest aberrant neuron-firing in the prefrontal cortex. There is evidence that neuron firing in this part of the brain is often too high or too low.
Dr Tobias Bast, who led the study together with first author Dr Marie Pezze, said: “The implication of our findings is that the abnormalities we see in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenia patients, for example, are indeed a plausible cause of the attention deficit these patients have.
“It also means that if we want to treat this pharmacologically, we can’t just boost activity of the prefrontal cortex or inactivate it, because that would actually result in an impairment. What we need to do is look at restoring balance of activity through drugs which keep the activity within a certain range.”
Cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia
In people with schizophrenia, cognitive deficits — such as problems with attention — are less striking than other issues associated with the disorder, such as hallucinations, but are nevertheless a major problem.
Dr Bast said: “Initially people focused on the so-called ‘psychotic symptoms’, including hallucinations and delusions, so that’s what probably comes to mind when you think of schizophrenia. They have been in the fore because they have been so striking and that’s why referrals are made. But these can be treated, at least in a large proportion of patients, by using anti-psychotic medication, which we have had since the late 1950s.
“The problem is that unfortunately anti-psychotic drugs don’t improve cognitive deficits which are very debilitating, affecting many aspects of the patients’ lives. Cognitive deficits are a big problem and something that is currently not treated so finding something that helps this is really important.”

neurosciencestuff:

Finding the perfect balance — regulating brain activity to improve attention

Researchers from The University of Nottingham have found that balanced activity in the brain’s prefrontal cortex is necessary for attention. 

The research helps to make sense of attention deficits in people suffering from cognitive disorders — like schizophrenia — who often find it hard to sustain their attention. This has a significant effect on many aspects of their lives, including the ability to follow conversations, drive a car and hold down a job.

Activity in a healthy brain is controlled by inhibitory signals between neurons. The research shows that disrupting this healthy inhibition may be just as bad for attention as reducing neuron firing. It is often assumed that increasing brain activity has cognitive benefits, but the findings show that this is not always the case.

The research was carried out by a team in the University’s School of Psychology and involved inhibiting or disinhibiting the prefrontal cortex in rats and monitoring the effect. The researchers found that both of these extremes resulted in attentional deficits and that the ability to pay attention required an appropriate balance where neuron-firing was kept within a certain range.

Schizophrenia and attention deficits 

Studies of the brain in people with schizophrenia suggest aberrant neuron-firing in the prefrontal cortex. There is evidence that neuron firing in this part of the brain is often too high or too low.

Dr Tobias Bast, who led the study together with first author Dr Marie Pezze, said: “The implication of our findings is that the abnormalities we see in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenia patients, for example, are indeed a plausible cause of the attention deficit these patients have.

“It also means that if we want to treat this pharmacologically, we can’t just boost activity of the prefrontal cortex or inactivate it, because that would actually result in an impairment. What we need to do is look at restoring balance of activity through drugs which keep the activity within a certain range.”

Cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia

In people with schizophrenia, cognitive deficits — such as problems with attention — are less striking than other issues associated with the disorder, such as hallucinations, but are nevertheless a major problem.

Dr Bast said: “Initially people focused on the so-called ‘psychotic symptoms’, including hallucinations and delusions, so that’s what probably comes to mind when you think of schizophrenia. They have been in the fore because they have been so striking and that’s why referrals are made. But these can be treated, at least in a large proportion of patients, by using anti-psychotic medication, which we have had since the late 1950s.

“The problem is that unfortunately anti-psychotic drugs don’t improve cognitive deficits which are very debilitating, affecting many aspects of the patients’ lives. Cognitive deficits are a big problem and something that is currently not treated so finding something that helps this is really important.”

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dropboxofcuriosities:

Robert Doisneau - La gargouille de Notre-Dame, 1969.

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matthewivancherry:

Scott Waddell