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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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Life In Egypt's City Of The Dead

Life In Egypt's City Of The Dead | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A new photo series shows us how as many as a million Egyptians coexist alongside corpses in the famed necropolis.
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Kick Start Kent apprenticeship campaign finds work for 75 young people at 51 ... - Kent Online

Kick Start Kent apprenticeship campaign finds work for 75 young people at 51 ... - Kent Online | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Kick Start Kent apprenticeship campaign finds work for 75 young people at 51 ...
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For salon equipment supplier PJS Direct, hiring apprentice Jordan Jennings through the Kick Start Kent campaign has been a revelation.
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The 5 Most Common Writing Mistakes That Break Reader Immersion | Creativity Hacker

The 5 Most Common Writing Mistakes That Break Reader Immersion | Creativity Hacker | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Today marks the publication of the 50th review in my ImmerseOrDie indie book review series.
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Help Guides - Help Guides - Library Guides at UChicago

Library Guides. Help Guides. Help Guides.
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how to find different kinds of resources and information.

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Home - LibGuides at Virginia Tech

Subject guides list library resources by academic discipline, plus provide contact information for the librarian responsible for that discipline.  
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Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

When searching for information on a topic, it is important to understand the value of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.

 
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Information timeline | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

Information timeline | University Libraries | Virginia Tech | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

When searching for information, it is always wise to keep in mind the information timeline.  It is very easy to find plenty of books and encyclopedia articles on ancient Egypt,  the Great Depression, and World War II.  Finding information and scholarly articles about the Health Care bill of 2010 controversy and how Southern Sudan came to be a nation is going to be somewhat more difficult.


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How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained

How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

There’s a crazy action sequence near the beginning ofIron Man 2 in which Tony Stark first meets Ivan Vanko, a rogue Russian scientist wearing a robotic suit and wielding electrified whips. It takes place at the Monaco Grand Prix, where Stark is competing, and Vanko slices up Formula 1 cars like so much toast and puts the hurt on Stark, even after he dons his Iron Man suit. For a minute there, it looks like the supercharged Russian might prevail.

 

For viewers, it’s quintessential, over-the-top Hollywood action. For scientists, it’s a window into the human brain. At a recent event here hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists got together with filmmakers to discuss what both groups have learned—the scientists through painstaking experiments and analysis, the filmmakers by intuition and experience—about the mechanisms of attention and perception.

 

In the Iron Man 2 sequence, for example, people are remarkably consistent in where they direct their gaze. Tim Smith, a vision scientist at the University of London, presented eye tracking data collected from 75 people as they watched the clip on a flatscreen. A camera tracked their eye movements, and software created a frame-by-frame heat map. When Smith played the clip with the eye-tracking heat map overlaid, the red hot spot tightly followed the action—people focused on the dueling superheroes, especially their weapons and faces, and on the car parts bouncing around (to see the clip, scroll down to the first video here).

 

Jon Favreau, who directed Iron Man 2, was onstage with Smith as he presented the clip, and seemed fascinated by it. “Everything you’re looking at is real, and everything you’re not looking at is fake,” he said.


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The Bookshelf of Emily J.

The Bookshelf of Emily J. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Emily J.

 

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

 

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10 Things You Don't Know About - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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No. in series No. in season Title Original air date Secrets of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are explored. FDR's mother wants him to dump Eleanor FDR loves his wife's secretary Eleanor's unconventional girlfriends turn her into a political activist FDR avoids assassination thanks to a rickety bench Eleanor wants FDR to become a dictator Eleanor falls in love...

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I've just started watching this show. It's amazing!

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HowStuffWorks "The Body After Death"

HowStuffWorks "The Body After Death" | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying.
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interesting excerpt: "The pancreas is full of so many bacteria that it essentially digests itself [source: Macnair]. As these organisms work their way to other organs, the body becomes discolored, first turning green, then purple, then black. If you can't see the change, you'll smell it soon enough, because the bacteria create an awful-smelling gas. In addition to smelling up the room, that gas will cause the body to bloat, the eyes to bulge out of their sockets and the tongue to swell and protrude. (In rare instances, this gas has created enough pressure after a few weeks to cause decomposing pregnant women to expel the fetus in a process known as coffin birth.)"

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches

How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner...


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They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola

They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
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Actor's studio method for increasing drama - Now Novel

Actor's studio method for increasing drama - Now Novel | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Method acting is an approach to the craft in which actors attempt to stay in character for the duration of a film shoot or the run of a play. Many aspects of method acting can be applied to writing fiction as well to ratchet up dramatic tension.
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Don't Be Silly, Hello Kitty Is a Cat

Don't Be Silly, Hello Kitty Is a Cat | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Earlier today, numerous websites reported that Hello Kitty is not a cat. That's not only an oversimplification, it's also not quite true. Hello Kitty is a feline--just an anthropomorphic one, Sanrio told Kotaku.
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Digital Library Collections and Activities - University of Chicago Library

Digital Library Collections and Activities - University of Chicago Library | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
List of digital collections made available through the University of Chicago, as well as the partnerships and other activities that undertake to produce digital resources.
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Magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

Magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals | University Libraries | Virginia Tech | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Periodicals are usually separated into several major groups: popular, trade, and scholarly. If you are able to recognize the differences between these sources, you can focus your research to retrieve only the type of information you need.

 
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Background information resources | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

Background information resources give general information about a variety of topics. These are often considered to be general reference sources, meaning that they provide basic facts and knowledge that can be used as a foundation for one's research. A little time spent in background information resources can save a tremendous amount of time when searching in databases and more subject-specific resources.

 
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Reference sheets | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

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Handouts: database and research guides | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

PDF copies of all research, subject, database, and services guides available from the University Libraries. 

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Geodesy – The Math of Planet Earth - Royal Institution of Australia

Geodesy – The Math of Planet Earth - Royal Institution of Australia | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
We all agree that we aren’t at risk of sailing off the edge of the earth because it’s not flat. But if it’s not flat, what is it – Round? Elliptical? Spherical? And how do we measure it?
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excerpt: "Geodetics, or Geodesy is a branch of applied mathematics that deals with modelling and representing the area and shape of the earth. Don’t let the thought of applied mathematics put you off though because geodesy is the foundation for many things that we use in our everyday life, most importantly GPS which provides us with almost all location data that we access today. If we didn’t understand the size and shape of the earth, there would be no location services on mobile phones, no sat nav in cars and no Google Maps."

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Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?

Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
English spelling is bizarre.
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HowStuffWorks "The Process of Dying"

HowStuffWorks "The Process of Dying" | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying.
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excerpt: "There are some outward signs that these systems are slowing down. The person will begin sleeping more to conserve the little energy that's left. When that energy is gone, the individual may lose the desire to eat and then to drink. Swallowing becomes difficult and the mouth gets very dry, so forcing the person to eat or drink could cause choking. The dying person loses bladder and bowel control, but accidents will occur less frequently as those gastrointestinal functions shut down as well and he or she consumes less."

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate' | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
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