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talesofscienceandlove:

neuroticthought:

skunkbear:

As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:

Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.

But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.

This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.

says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!

You can access the full video of their 3D model here.

Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli

In case you all missed it.

That synapse knows it cute!

The brain is our least understood body part. Reach has focused on keeping us alive long, but more an more elderly are lost in dementia.

Savoring Summer in So many ways

Savoring Summer in So many ways

Tell me all the ways you’re savoring summer.

Tell me what you’re doing now.

Enjoying
the beach
the mountains
your garden
amusement parks
your backyard
a good book on a rainy afternoon
a family reunion
the graduation of a family member or friend
a wedding of someone dear
or if you’re like me, you’re dreaming of a vacation. :-)

My garden is thrilling me with its cucumber production, however, it…

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elysianfieldsbook:

“ ‘Know your city, son. Get to know the streets and buildings. Stay curious.’ On foot and on maps, Gasper had shown Simpson that in the neighborhood of Bywater, for example, one could go down Burgundy from Piety to Desire. In nearby Faubourg Marigny, one or two hundred years before, one could turn from Rue des Bons Enfants (now Good Children) onto Rue Mystérieuse, or plan a rendezvous at the corner of Rue D’amour and Rue des Poètes. And then around Coliseum Square there were the nine muses: Polymnia intersecting with Prytania, and Terpsichore crossing Annunciation … Just saying the streets’ names felt like casting a spell. Was he seriously going to move away?”
—from Elysian Fields, chapter five, “Mariage Blanc”


I love knowing that city!

elysianfieldsbook:

“ ‘Know your city, son. Get to know the streets and buildings. Stay curious.’ On foot and on maps, Gasper had shown Simpson that in the neighborhood of Bywater, for example, one could go down Burgundy from Piety to Desire. In nearby Faubourg Marigny, one or two hundred years before, one could turn from Rue des Bons Enfants (now Good Children) onto Rue Mystérieuse, or plan a rendezvous at the corner of Rue D’amour and Rue des Poètes. And then around Coliseum Square there were the nine muses: Polymnia intersecting with Prytania, and Terpsichore crossing Annunciation … Just saying the streets’ names felt like casting a spell. Was he seriously going to move away?”

—from Elysian Fields, chapter five, “Mariage Blanc

I love knowing that city!

thewritingcafe

Anonymous asked:

How can I write a dream ? How can I recreate its weird, blurry, illogical atmosphere please ?

thewritingcafe answered:

There are a couple of resources in this tag. You can also try applying characteristics of magical realism to dreams.

Getting that “dream atmosphere” is a matter of description, tone, and pacing. Research dreams and characteristics of dreams as much as you can, try keeping a dream journal, and look for patterns in what you feel when you dream. The dreamy part of dreams can be anything, so there’s no one way to write it, but here are some things you should think of when writing it:

  • Emotions: What is your character feeling? Emotions in dreams can be extreme and inappropriate for the situation. They may go through many emotions in a short period of time or they may experience one, strong emotion throughout the entire dream.
  • Physical: What does your character physically feel? Have you ever had those dreams where you’re extremely hot or like you’re constantly flying? If your character feels something weird like that, write about it.
  • Setting: What parts of the setting does your character pay attention to? Do they only look at what is nearby, or do they look at everything? What is the setting? Something I’ve found that happens to a lot of people in dreams is that they’re in a place that is their home yet not their home at the same time. Write about weird stuff like that.

How to Write a Realistic Dream Sequence

Dream Sequences in Novels

Writing Effective Dreams

I don’t write dreams, other than to note them as a reference. This is very interesting.