Eavesdropping on Neurons (video)

Eavesdropping on Neurons (video):

A new automated version of one of neuroscience’s most important techniques, patch clamping, makes it much easier and faster for scientists to tap into the inner workings of brain cells.

Published in MIT Technology Review, June 2014.

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The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation Pope Francis…

The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation

Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation the sin of our time. He is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, discusses the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation” with host Steve Curwood.

Aired on Living on Earth, July 18, 2014.

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Autism Linked to Pesticide Exposure Women’s exposure to…

Autism Linked to Pesticide Exposure

Women’s exposure to agricultural pesticides during pregnancy appears to sharply increase the risk for developmental delays and autism in their children, according to a paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, senior author of the study and Professor of Epidemiology at the MIND Institute at UC Davis discusses the study and the dangers of pesticides with host Steve Curwood.

Aired on Living on Earth, June 27, 2014.

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Nature’s Dividend—Pricing Global Ecosystem Services It’s easy…

Nature’s Dividend—Pricing Global Ecosystem Services

It’s easy for humans to forget that pollinators and trees and the sun work for free — they provide some of the many ecosystem services that benefit human well-being. Paul Sutton, a geography professor at University of Denver, has calculated a dollar price of these services, and explains to Host Steve Curwood how he calculated the value of these services.

Aired on Living on Earth, June 20, 2014.

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laylainalaska: roachpatrol: archiemcphee: Forget Google…

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archiemcphee:

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.

Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

“However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.”

[via Fashionably Geek and Gizmodo]

oh my god ancient chinese ladies knew where it was at

SMART RING!

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jsarinanaphotos: #tree #bleached #branches #branching #neuron…

jsarinanaphotos:

#tree #bleached #branches #branching #neuron #sarinana #blackandwhite #monochrome #iphone5s #night

Sometimes trees look like neurons.

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BakeBot is my hero. I want to do a cooking show with BakeBot. I…

BakeBot is my hero.

I want to do a cooking show with BakeBot.

I want to see BakeBot drizzle dark chocolate over a croissant and garnish it with delicate mint leaves and almond slivers.

So adorable, I cannot stop giggling.

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