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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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This Man Is on a Quest to Have Coffee with Each of His 1,088 Facebook Friends

This Man Is on a Quest to Have Coffee with Each of His 1,088 Facebook Friends | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
It seems that all it takes to make the news these days is a social media account and a bizarre quest of some sort. Like this Australian man, who is making headlines with his quest to have coffee with all 1,088 of his Facebook friends.

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Online tools for researchers

Online tools for researchers | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Here you will find a list of online "web 2.0" tools, designed for researchers. The list will be updated progressively as this blogs explores the different services out there. I - Using "the crowd" ...

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5 Mysteries of Ancient Religions (Easily Explained)

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The little ploys that modern faith healers and shady preachers use to fleece the masses have been around for thousands of years, and if anything, they've only gotten less inspired over time.

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How to Find Your Character's Breaking Point - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Find Your Character's Breaking Point - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The most important moment in your story is your character's breaking point. Discover how to time the breaking point so it accomplishes everything it must.
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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Oscar Corzo's curator insight, January 9, 3:29 AM

humans starts for the space colonization,

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Building stories through Drive

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How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life - The Write Practice

How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life - The Write Practice | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
By the end of this post you will be using an excel spreadsheet. Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. Or if you are a data analyst—I understand that you’re on this blog to get away from you day job.
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From Marbles to Hyperbole and a Half, How Comics Portray Mental Illness

From Marbles to Hyperbole and a Half, How Comics Portray Mental Illness | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
comic books. I don’t know if psychological illness is more prevalent in comics than in traditional words-on-paper writing—there is no shortage of mental disorders in the memoir section of your local bookstore—but comics seem particularly well-
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Master Storytelling Tips From an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer

Entertain and inform your audience with stories around your brand.
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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.
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"Pituitary glands are actually, pound for pound, the most valuable product we make," he says. "It takes a lot of pituitary glands to make a pound, used in the making of insulin." "Medicines like insulin and the blood thinner heparin are produced from hog byproducts, as are the "cillins" — amoxicillin, ampicillin and penicillin.
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the secret origins of wonder woman

Comic books were more or less invented in 1933 by Maxwell Charles Gaines, a former elementary school principal who went on to found All-American Comics. Superman first bounded over tall buildings in 1938. Batman began lurking in the shadows in 1939. Kids read them by the piles. Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/#d5kSBZd1O2C4BLDO.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter
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How To Conquer Your Massive Creative Project The Ken Burns Way

How To Conquer Your Massive Creative Project The Ken Burns Way | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns discusses how to get through a long-term creative undertaking like, say, a 14-hour doc on the history of the...
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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
This blog appears in the In-Depth Report Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection (The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network
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A Guide For Teaching With Analogies -

A Guide For Teaching With Analogies - | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A Guide For Teaching With Analogies by Terry Heick Analogies are one of the best kept secrets in education. Often used as multiple choice question items or as warm-ups to begin a lesson, analogies are...
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With teaching, analogies help get ideas across. This is something writers of fiction as well as nonfiction are expected to do. This article may be helpful in developing that skill. 

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How To Write Letters: A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette from 1876

How To Write Letters: A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette from 1876 | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
"A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence, but also as a work of art." As a lover of old
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Under The Hood: 'Open Windows' and How To Make Transmedia Work

Under The Hood: 'Open Windows' and How To Make Transmedia Work | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

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Zachary Wigon:  "While it's not a work of transmedia itself - it's a straight-up feature film - Nacho Vigalondo's new movie Open Windows [...] offers so many lessons about how to make storytelling via contemporary technologies work that it begs to be viewed by those filmmakers who are interested in telling transmedia stories."

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Storyboard Generator

Storyboard Generator | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for developing storyboards based around scripts. Great for helping to visualise a text / script.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 27, 2012 8:47 AM

Share your creative work with the Generator community. Upload to the Video Gallery and Free Media Library.

Karen Faulkner's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:26 AM

What a fantastic tool for uper primary students to bring to life scripts

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How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How do you get your character to change? As simple as this question may seem, it's also an important question that deserves a practical answer.
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Contemporary Dance Terms. Definitions.

Contemporary Dance Terms. Definitions. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
List of dance terms with their correspondent definitions and related links.
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New York Literally Invented Nightlife

New York Literally Invented Nightlife | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The way we go out today started in the 1920s in The Big Apple.
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"In Nightclub City, the historian Burton Peretti writes that by 1920: [T]he term "nightlife" especially referred to specific kinds of places for dining, drink, socializing, and intimate entertainment…Some cabaret owners bought up New York state charters that had been issued to now-defunct voluntary associations, to evade the city's closing-time laws. The concept of the "nightclub" thus was born."
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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more?
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4 Reasons Movie Special FX Are Actually Getting Worse

4 Reasons Movie Special FX Are Actually Getting Worse | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
It's gotten so ridiculous that pretty soon IMDb is going to have to create new categories for all those digital artists.
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Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT! - Helping Writers Become Authors

Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT! - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Shares the single most effective trick EVER for creating a realistic, compelling, and powerful bad guy.
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I read some of the same exploration in John Gardner's On Moral Fiction. Actions of a major character, no matter how seemingly extreme or destructive, needs to be explained in terms of character, motivations, incidents and responses to those incidents. This is one of the most powerful indicators towards post-modernism, the idea that there are no black and white bad guys. The Game of Thrones books does this to a great degree (so much so that "goodness" does not insure one's survival nor that "sadism"--evil--insure a violent, ironic death). History, and the stories told about motivations and actions, support those motivations and actions, just as well as BIG-C creativity can only be supported in retrospect. Sometimes, the expression "let history be my judge" can be a bit melodramatic, but something similar might need to be said.

 

 Andrea Kuszewski explored this issue using science findings http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/03/31/walking-the-line-between-good-and-evil-the-common-thread-of-heroes-and-villains/  to support another way writers might develop evil characters.

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The 25 Countries With The Most Brainpower

The 25 Countries With The Most Brainpower | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Having brilliant people is essential to the future of any country. Along with a Duke IQ researcher, we've put together a ranking of the ones with the most.
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excerpt: "Note that we're not including China on this list. Not every student in China was assessed, but only a few cities. And the result was that Shanghai in particular was a large outlier. Shanghai represents a tiny fraction of China's population, is a migration hub that attracts elites, and is much wealthier than the country as a whole. 84% of Shanghai's high school students go to college, while 24% do nationwide. Parents in Shanghai also spend a great deal of money on external tutoring, which an average worker couldn't afford."


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What Inspires Creativity? - 8 Methods to Summon Your Muse - Jan Moran

What Inspires Creativity? - 8 Methods to Summon Your Muse - Jan Moran | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
I love to chat with readers, writers, and entrepreneurs, and am often asked where authors get their creative ideas. Aside from the usual place (in the bathtub surrounded by bubbles), I began to think: What inspires creativity?
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