Observing a solar eclipse on January 1, 1907, in the Tian-Shan mountains, probably in modern-day Uzbekistan. This is a photograph taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, a chemist and photographer who invented a new process for color photography and used it to document the Russian empire in the time period 1905-1915. You can view many of the photos on Flickr or at the Library of Congress.
The next supermodel
. If you had to be reborn anywhere in the world as a person with average talents and income, you would want to be a Viking. The Nordics cluster at the top of league tables of everything from economic competitiveness to social health to happiness. They have avoided both southern Europe’s economic sclerosis and America’s extreme inequality
Full Story: The Econmist
One of the best ways to figure out how parts of the brain work is to study people who have damage in those specific areas. Take a patient known as SM, a middle-aged woman with a rare condition called Urbach-Wiethe disease that has damaged the amygdala on both sides of her brain.
A few years ago, SM told Justin Feinstein, then a graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, that she’d never felt fear, even when she’d been confronted by a knife-wielding assailant.
Feinstein put her claim to the test. His group had SM handle a snake, took her on a tour of a haunted house and showed her scenes from scary movies like The Shining. SM was unfazed.
But another University of Iowa researcher, neuroscientist John Wemmie, had a different test for SM: breathing carbon dioxide. In people without brain damage, exposure to high levels of carbon dioxide evokes fear and a hunger for air. In some, it can even set off a panic attack.
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you are not marilyn monroe.
Tomorrow’s cover today: the world economy is in grave danger. A lot depends on one woman.
More #olympic #football #live location scouting. @ #RicohArena, #Coventry (Taken with instagram)
Scoping out #live positions outside #cardiff’s #MilleniumStadium for TBS (Taken with instagram)
Finally got round to building my, rather basic (I prefer ‘minimalist’) website. arecibo.tv if you’re bored. Takes over from this blog as the place that link points to. Even better, I worked out how to host it on Dropbox, i.e. for free, too! Inordinately pleased about this minor achievement. Instructions on the internet if you need to do same.
(the pic links to the site)