There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that we act in the interest of other humans while at the same time protecting the interests of the United States. Perhaps it doesn’t matter why we care, as long as we do.

Michael Specter on Ebola and the cost of fear. (via newyorker)

asieybarbie:


"in the name of the Moon, this is a holdup, bitch!

completely and utterly inspired by this. I am so sorry.

asieybarbie:

"in the name of the Moon, this is a holdup, bitch!

completely and utterly inspired by this. I am so sorry.

calleo:

ethically-wrong:

mmmmbeefy96:

grandhowler:

Dude

holy shit. 

this is on a whole new level of patience

This is natural art.

And, just in case anyone was wondering, “Is this true?”

It is.

And it looks awesome.

(Source: best-of-memes)

bpod-mrc:

17 August 2014
Light Orchestra
We might think that our thoughts are instantaneous, but they travel only at around 65 miles per hour. That’s very slow compared to the near light-speed of current in copper wires. Tiny gaps or synapses between nerve fibres impose a biological speed-limit on electrical signals flowing down nerves, forcing them to rely on slow chemical signals to bridge them. But low speed has its advantages in laboratory experiments because it now allows biologists to track individual neurons firing in real time using new dyes that light-up on detecting a voltage. This orange-stained cluster of nerve cells called a neuropil that coordinates the movement of gut muscles in crabs consists only of 30 cells (two cell bodies circled) that fire in sequence to orchestrate seamless muscle movements. Tracking the rhythmic crackle and fizz of the cells could help link the causes and effects behind malfunctions in more complex human nerve networks.
Written by Tristan Farrow
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Image by Wolfgang Stein and colleaguesIllinois State UniversityOriginally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 4.0)Research published in PLOS One, July 2014
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bpod-mrc:

17 August 2014

Light Orchestra

We might think that our thoughts are instantaneous, but they travel only at around 65 miles per hour. That’s very slow compared to the near light-speed of current in copper wires. Tiny gaps or synapses between nerve fibres impose a biological speed-limit on electrical signals flowing down nerves, forcing them to rely on slow chemical signals to bridge them. But low speed has its advantages in laboratory experiments because it now allows biologists to track individual neurons firing in real time using new dyes that light-up on detecting a voltage. This orange-stained cluster of nerve cells called a neuropil that coordinates the movement of gut muscles in crabs consists only of 30 cells (two cell bodies circled) that fire in sequence to orchestrate seamless muscle movements. Tracking the rhythmic crackle and fizz of the cells could help link the causes and effects behind malfunctions in more complex human nerve networks.

Written by Tristan Farrow

Image by Wolfgang Stein and colleagues
Illinois State University
Originally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 4.0)
Research published in PLOS One, July 2014

You can also follow BPoD on Twitter and Facebook