The brain is a tissue. It is a complicated, intricately woven tissue, like nothing else we know of in the universe, but it is composed of cells, as any tissue is. They are, to be sure, highly specialized cells, but they function according to the laws that govern any other cells. Their electrical and chemical signals can be detected, recorded and interpreted and their chemicals can be identified; the connections that constitute the brain’s woven feltwork can be mapped. In short, the brain can be studied, just as the kidney can. ”
David Hubel, The Brain (via houseofmind)
Zero Gravity + Light Painting = Super Awesome
Awesome things are happening on the International Space Station (as usual). This time the awesomeness comes in the form of light paintings created in space by ISS Commander Dr. Koichi Wakata using a spinning toy called the “Spiral Top”.
The “Spiral Top” was developed by Dr. Takuro Osaka. You can check out more photos of the toy in action on on his website.
While we understand what light painting is, we prefer to thin that the astronauts on the ISS are developing super powers.
Keep an eye on Koichi Wakata’s Twitter feed for more wonders from the ISS.
[via Nerdcore and Geekosystem]
I give it 7.3 Hadfields (10 Hadfields being a perfect score, and therefore only attainable by Chris Hadfield himself).
My dog isnt the most trusting passenger either
This is how people look when I’m driving too…
wait you mean you don’t use the word ‘fortnight’ in america???
Wait what? Then what do they use?
they don’t have a word
what do you mean they don’t have a word what kind of uncivilised people are they??
the fuck is a fortnight
It’s a word for ‘two weeks’
We say “two weeks”
*thousands of cups of tea smash to the ground in shock*
i cant believe its already been a whole year since we all died in the 2012 apocalypse
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This fawn and bobcat were found in an office together, cuddling under a desk after a forest fire
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Iori Tomita - New World Transparent Specimens (2005-)
Fisherman-turned-artist in Yokohama City, Japan, Tomita creates art using the skeletons of various dead marine specimens, which he preserves and then colors with bright shades of dye.
The process strips down each creature to the toughest parts of its remains and Tomita has dyed more than 5,000 dead creatures since 2005, which is amazing, considering each piece takes at least a few weeks to complete, and some up to a year.
"Although these are just transparent specimens, they’re filled with the drama of organisms which I have so much love for. I want people to enjoy the beauty of life, treat life with respect and understand that there is drama happening that is not centered on themselves when they look at the specimens. These specimens which you see here are actually animals that have died for some some reason or whose carcasses were discarded from pet shops or fishermen. I use those animals which passed away and repurpose them."
In case you had never seen one, here’s a bird wearing a hoodie