For the Love of Knowledge.

giyari:

unexplained-events:

Sea Creature that looks exactly like a rock with guts.
Pyura chilensis is a creature that not only looks like a rock, but is also completely immobile like one too. It eats by sucking in water and filtering out micro-organisms. Its blood also produces a   rare element called vanadium. 
It is born male, but becomes hermaphroditic at puberty. It also eproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together.
Another fun fact about this creature is that it is consumed. Locals of Chile or Peru (thats where it is found) eat it raw or in stews. They say it tastes “soapy” and "bitter" 

Yet another fun fact. This creature is a tunicate, which means it’s in the phylum chordata, which means, it’s related to animals with back bones. Tunicates are thought to be at the base of the evolutionary branch that lead to whales, tigers, crocodiles, eagles, and humans.
Yes, millions of years ago, your ancestor could have quite possibly looked like a rock with guts.

giyari:

unexplained-events:

Sea Creature that looks exactly like a rock with guts.

Pyura chilensis is a creature that not only looks like a rock, but is also completely immobile like one too. It eats by sucking in water and filtering out micro-organisms. Its blood also produces a   rare element called vanadium. 

It is born male, but becomes hermaphroditic at puberty. It also eproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together.

Another fun fact about this creature is that it is consumed. Locals of Chile or Peru (thats where it is found) eat it raw or in stews. They say it tastes “soapy” and "bitter" 

Yet another fun fact. This creature is a tunicate, which means it’s in the phylum chordata, which means, it’s related to animals with back bones. Tunicates are thought to be at the base of the evolutionary branch that lead to whales, tigers, crocodiles, eagles, and humans.

Yes, millions of years ago, your ancestor could have quite possibly looked like a rock with guts.

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I don’t generally drink, especially since I’m on this new medication, but  I decided to do so last night. One of my friends came over and we were having a nice time when we decided to go on an adventure with my roommate. 

We ended up on campus intending to walk down this path that takes us to the west side by way of a bridge. Because the waters in our area are posing a flood threat at the moment the path was barricaded with that orange fencing that they use.

Being drunk and making bad choices, we decided to cut the barrier and go down the path across the bridge anyway. Three barriers and a 5ft sandbag dune of sorts later I realize I lost my passport and bank card. Assuming I was just drunk and not remembering I left the things at the apartment, the boys ignored me and we moved on.

I was right, as I knew I was, and I lost my things somewhere between barriers 1 and 3 (or possibly as I was climbing over #4). I managed to nearly fall off of a bridge over oncoming traffic before the night was over as well.

I went to see if I could follow my path and find my things after work today, but there was a more solid barrier blocking my path this time. Surely they noticed the cuts and barricaded them more efficiently afterwards. Which means they probably found my ID and card. Which means that I could potentially have to take the fall for the damage despite not doing it myself.

I’m so emotionally drained from this day that I decided to skip volunteering in the ER tonight to stay home and clean my room. This is why I don’t drink. Nothing good ever comes of it. Though, I admit, it was a lot of fun. I’m so over this holiday already though. I’m going to bed early tonight. Meh.

jtotheizzoe:

Did you ever blow on your Nintendo games to make them work?

Yeah, me too. Turns out it didn’t help anything. But it does illustrate some mind-blowing ways that our brains play tricks on us to help win the game we call “life.”

Check out this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart to find out why! Who knew an old video game could teach us so much about our psychology?

neurosciencenews:

Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked With Behavioral and Emotional Problems
Read the full article Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked With Behavioral and Emotional Problems at NeuroscienceNews.com.
Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
The research is in JAMA Pediatrics. (full access paywall) 
Research:  “Blood lead levels and children’s behavioral and emotional problems: a cohort study” by Liu J, Liu X, Wang W, McCauley L, Pinto-Martin J, Wang Y, Li L, Yan C, and Rogan WJ in JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.332
Image: Researchers analyzed one blood sample taken from each child between the ages of 3-5. Behavioral problems were assessed at age 6 using standardized questionnaires. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit david__jones.

neurosciencenews:

Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked With Behavioral and Emotional Problems

Read the full article Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked With Behavioral and Emotional Problems at NeuroscienceNews.com.

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The research is in JAMA Pediatrics. (full access paywall) 

Research:  “Blood lead levels and children’s behavioral and emotional problems: a cohort study” by Liu J, Liu X, Wang W, McCauley L, Pinto-Martin J, Wang Y, Li L, Yan C, and Rogan WJ in JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.332

Image: Researchers analyzed one blood sample taken from each child between the ages of 3-5. Behavioral problems were assessed at age 6 using standardized questionnaires. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit david__jones.

thetruthisvital:

Mind Over Matter (A short documentary film on the mysterious wonders of consciousness) 

This video is not designed to make you believe, but to make you think, to make you start questioning reality and to make you realize that there is more to life than the physical realm we see with our own eyes. We will explore the many wonders of consciousness which each and every one of you have, how our thoughts can affect reality itself and explain how we are all internally connected, we are all one. 

We are all connected. 
To each other biologically.
To the Earth, chemically.
To the rest of the universe, atomically. 
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Knowledge of this have been suppressed through our education and media. War, murder, hate, fear, materialism and separation are factors that have been slowing down our evolution. Do you know why the system is failing us, education, media, the economy, everything else is failing? Because this system is no longer relevant. We are suppose to evolve, but that can’t happen unless we solve all of our problems here on Earth and realize that we are all connected.

edited by Jeric Ryan
http://jericryann.tumblr.com/

A well done documentary on consciousnesses and the connectivity of everything all around us. 

stunningpicture:

Saw this outside a church on the weekend in Melbourne. Happy to see times are changing, might be slow, but at-least there is change.

stunningpicture:

Saw this outside a church on the weekend in Melbourne. Happy to see times are changing, might be slow, but at-least there is change.

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neurosciencenews:

Outgrowing Emotional Egocentricity
Read the full article Outgrowing Emotional Egocentricity at NeuroscienceNews.com.
Max Planck researchers discover a region of the brain that enables children to overcome emotional self-centeredness as they mature.
The research is in Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience. (full access paywall)
Research: “Age-related Differences in Function and Structure of rSMG and Reduced Functional Connectivity with DLPFC Explains Heightened Emotional Egocentricity Bias in Childhood” by Nikolaus Steinbeis, Boris C. Bernhardt, Tania Singer in Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nsu057
Image: When I’m happy about something, others must be, too: children don’t learn that this assumption is frequently wrong until a relevant region in their brain is fully developed. Credit Sven Döring.

neurosciencenews:

Outgrowing Emotional Egocentricity

Read the full article Outgrowing Emotional Egocentricity at NeuroscienceNews.com.

Max Planck researchers discover a region of the brain that enables children to overcome emotional self-centeredness as they mature.

The research is in Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

Research: “Age-related Differences in Function and Structure of rSMG and Reduced Functional Connectivity with DLPFC Explains Heightened Emotional Egocentricity Bias in Childhood” by Nikolaus Steinbeis, Boris C. Bernhardt, Tania Singer in Social Cognitive And Affective Neuroscience. doi:10.1093/scan/nsu057

Image: When I’m happy about something, others must be, too: children don’t learn that this assumption is frequently wrong until a relevant region in their brain is fully developed. Credit Sven Döring.

nervous-princess:

thegreenwolf:

sachimo:

abeardfullofbees:

alilnugget:

wanashou:

beatonna:

If you aren’t totally quaking in your boots at the news of millions of bees dead, yet again, you’re nuts.

this should be concerning a lot more people than it is
not only because bees are one of the most important animals in the world and their job is a lot more than gathering honey but also because they are what scientists refer to as an “indicator species”
this means that when their populations start dwindling and then rapidly dropping, humans need to watch their shit because that means that environmental factors are too difficult for THEM to live in, so it might be difficult for US to live in, too. bees basically act as an indication that humans have a lot to worry about and when they start dying like this it deserves a lot more than a few headlines.

last year my biggest worry was the steep decline in bee population and apparently thats not about to change anytime soon. people have told me to my face that they think its strange I’m so concerned for the bees. read this you selfish fucks

Get excited, motherfuckers.  Without bees, we will die off.  Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs.  Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.
I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.
Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.

Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY. 
Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.
Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.
GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!
If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.
Give the bees a free home!
Giving bees a “bee block” alone is a huge load off their backs! You can buy homes here or  You can even build your own. 
Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.
Sources and other helpful links:
5 ways to help our disappearing bees
How to “Friend” Your Native Bees
Why gardening is good for your health
Silence of the Bees

Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.

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nervous-princess:

thegreenwolf:

sachimo:

abeardfullofbees:

alilnugget:

wanashou:

beatonna:

If you aren’t totally quaking in your boots at the news of millions of bees dead, yet again, you’re nuts.

this should be concerning a lot more people than it is

not only because bees are one of the most important animals in the world and their job is a lot more than gathering honey but also because they are what scientists refer to as an “indicator species”

this means that when their populations start dwindling and then rapidly dropping, humans need to watch their shit because that means that environmental factors are too difficult for THEM to live in, so it might be difficult for US to live in, too. bees basically act as an indication that humans have a lot to worry about and when they start dying like this it deserves a lot more than a few headlines.

last year my biggest worry was the steep decline in bee population and apparently thats not about to change anytime soon. people have told me to my face that they think its strange I’m so concerned for the bees. read this you selfish fucks

Get excited, motherfuckers.  Without bees, we will die off.  Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs.  Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.

I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.

Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.

Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY. 

Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.

Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.

GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!

If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.

Give the bees a free home!

Giving bees a “bee block” alone is a huge load off their backs! You can buy homes here or  You can even build your own. 

Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.

Sources and other helpful links:

5 ways to help our disappearing bees

How to “Friend” Your Native Bees

Why gardening is good for your health

Silence of the Bees

Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.

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wildcat2030:

First lifeforms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists -Organisms carrying beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new forms of drugs that could otherwise not be made - The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose cells carry synthetic DNA that looks nothing like the normal genetic code of natural organisms. Researchers say the work challenges the dogma that the molecules of life making up DNA are “special”. Organisms that carry the beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new forms of drugs that otherwise could not be made, they have claimed. “This has very important implications for our understanding of life,” said Floyd Romesberg, whose team created the organism at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. “For so long people have thought that DNA was the way it was because it had to be, that it was somehow the perfect molecule.” From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth the diversity of organisms has been written in a DNA code of four letters. The latest study moves life beyond G, T, C and A – the molecules or bases that pair up in the DNA helix – and introduces two new letters of life: X and Y. Romesberg started out with E coli, a bug normally found in soil and carried by people. Into this he inserted a loop of genetic material that carried normal DNA and two synthetic DNA bases. Though known as X and Y for simplicity, the artificial DNA bases have much longer chemical names, which themselves abbreviate to d5SICS and dNaM. In living organisms, G, T, C and A come together to form two base pairs, G-C and T-A. The extra synthetic DNA forms a third base pair, X-Y, according to the study in Nature. These base pairs are used to make genes, which cells use as templates for making proteins. Romesberg found that when the modified bacteria divided they passed on the natural DNA as expected. But they also replicated the synthetic code and passed that on to the next generation. That generation of bugs did the same. (via First lifeforms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists | World news | The Guardian)

wildcat2030:

First lifeforms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists
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Organisms carrying beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new forms of drugs that could otherwise not be made
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The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose cells carry synthetic DNA that looks nothing like the normal genetic code of natural organisms. Researchers say the work challenges the dogma that the molecules of life making up DNA are “special”. Organisms that carry the beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new forms of drugs that otherwise could not be made, they have claimed. “This has very important implications for our understanding of life,” said Floyd Romesberg, whose team created the organism at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. “For so long people have thought that DNA was the way it was because it had to be, that it was somehow the perfect molecule.” From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth the diversity of organisms has been written in a DNA code of four letters. The latest study moves life beyond G, T, C and A – the molecules or bases that pair up in the DNA helix – and introduces two new letters of life: X and Y. Romesberg started out with E coli, a bug normally found in soil and carried by people. Into this he inserted a loop of genetic material that carried normal DNA and two synthetic DNA bases. Though known as X and Y for simplicity, the artificial DNA bases have much longer chemical names, which themselves abbreviate to d5SICS and dNaM. In living organisms, G, T, C and A come together to form two base pairs, G-C and T-A. The extra synthetic DNA forms a third base pair, X-Y, according to the study in Nature. These base pairs are used to make genes, which cells use as templates for making proteins. Romesberg found that when the modified bacteria divided they passed on the natural DNA as expected. But they also replicated the synthetic code and passed that on to the next generation. That generation of bugs did the same. (via First lifeforms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists | World news | The Guardian)

nanodash:

clazzjassicalrockhop:

nanodash:

allons-ycupcake:

nanodash:

This is a manifestation of the Meissner Effect. When a superconductor reaches a critical temperature (usually very cold, 1 - 70 K) it expels all magnetic field lines. So if you place it on top of a magnet, it will float. It will float on a cushion of magnetic field. Additionally it will experience almost no friction so if you make a circular track of magnets it will levitate around it for quite a long time. And look awesome doing it. That vapour trail isn’t propulsive. It’s just how cold that superconductor is, it’s condensing the air around it.

Reading without my glasses and I saw Quantum Leviosa…Sorry science tumblr.

Adam: I absolutely didn’t do this demonstration for a college open day. I certainly didn’t yell WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA as I did. No. Professional all the way.

As Arthur C Clarke once said, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur always was a word wizard.

nanodash:

clazzjassicalrockhop:

nanodash:

allons-ycupcake:

nanodash:

This is a manifestation of the Meissner Effect. When a superconductor reaches a critical temperature (usually very cold, 1 - 70 K) it expels all magnetic field lines. So if you place it on top of a magnet, it will float. It will float on a cushion of magnetic field. Additionally it will experience almost no friction so if you make a circular track of magnets it will levitate around it for quite a long time. And look awesome doing it. That vapour trail isn’t propulsive. It’s just how cold that superconductor is, it’s condensing the air around it.

Reading without my glasses and I saw Quantum Leviosa…
Sorry science tumblr.

Adam: I absolutely didn’t do this demonstration for a college open day. I certainly didn’t yell WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA as I did. No. Professional all the way.

As Arthur C Clarke once said, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur always was a word wizard.

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thoughtfulcynic:

(via Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain — ScienceDaily)

Researchers find that psilocybin (the active chemical in psychedelic mushrooms) inhibits fear-related neural activity, and weakens the brain’s processing of anxiety-inducing stimuli.

"Psilocybin positively influences mood in healthy individuals. In the brain, this substance stimulates specific docking sites for the messenger serotonin. The scientists therefore assumed that psilocybin exerts its mood-brightening effect via a change in the serotonin system in the limbic brain regions. This could, in fact, be demonstrated using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). ‘Even a moderate dose of psilocybin weakens the processing of negative stimuli by modifying amygdala activity in the limbic system as well as in other associated brain regions,’ continues Krähenmann. The study clearly shows that the modulation of amygdala activity is directly linked to the experience of heightened mood."

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1kMGPC8

Original journal paper here: http://bit.ly/1inKhF2

thoughtfulcynic:

(via Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain — ScienceDaily)

Researchers find that psilocybin (the active chemical in psychedelic mushrooms) inhibits fear-related neural activity, and weakens the brain’s processing of anxiety-inducing stimuli.

"Psilocybin positively influences mood in healthy individuals. In the brain, this substance stimulates specific docking sites for the messenger serotonin. The scientists therefore assumed that psilocybin exerts its mood-brightening effect via a change in the serotonin system in the limbic brain regions. This could, in fact, be demonstrated using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). ‘Even a moderate dose of psilocybin weakens the processing of negative stimuli by modifying amygdala activity in the limbic system as well as in other associated brain regions,’ continues Krähenmann. The study clearly shows that the modulation of amygdala activity is directly linked to the experience of heightened mood."

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1kMGPC8

Original journal paper here: http://bit.ly/1inKhF2