MS stuff

May. 2nd, 2017 02:34 am
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Novel Protein Identified Inside Cells During MS Inflammation May Help Explain Nerve Damage

This links to another article, with the easy-to-pronounce title, "Endoplasmic Reticulum Plays Role In Multiple Sclerosis Progression".
Scientists have long suspected that mitochondria, the energy-creating “powerhouse” of the cell, play a link in causing multiple sclerosis.

The international team, involving the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Alberta, was the first to combine clinical and laboratory experiments to explain how mitochondria become defective in people with MS. Using human brain tissue samples , they found that a protein called Rab32 is present in large quantities in the brains of people with MS, but is virtually absent in healthy brain cells.
Ho-ly.

Just fix it already, ok?
Oh, but at this time I've no interest in doing the walk.
likethebeer: (Andromeda Galaxy)
This is the interview in which Neil DeGrasse Tyson answers the question from the interviewer of what the "most astounding fact" was that he could share him about the universe, w/music behind it. It's beautiful & I thought I had it elsewhere on here, but it's probably buried in years of entries. So here it is, on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/57731445

His transcription of what he says is below (this if for me if I don't have the time to see the whole video)Read more... )
likethebeer: (Codex Game On)
Where has this Amazing Comic Book Art Been all My Life?
By MessyNessy
June 30, 2016
François Schuiten, like the creator of Tintin, is Belgian, and he’s best known for his drawing in the series Les Cités Obscures, a collaboration with his childhood friend, Benoît Peeters. They first worked together at the age of 12 on a school magazine; Benoît wrote the fictional stories, Fançois made the imaginative drawings, and pretty soon the faculty tried to stop them from publishing it, preferring Latin translations and moralizing anecdotes as more appropriate subject matters.

Solar road

Jul. 12th, 2015 09:30 am
likethebeer: (mesmerized)
One year into an experiment in the Netherlands, it's working: The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected.

It's so weird when left-y experiments work out.
likethebeer: (Andromeda Galaxy)
The folks at Futility Closet go into the "Wow" signal, and what caused the astronomer to write "Wow" next to this printout from a radio telescope.
The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University, then located at Ohio Wesleyan University's Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio. The signal bore the expected hallmarks of non-terrestrial and non-Solar System origin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/11/03/podcast-episode-32-the-wow-signal/
likethebeer: (Andromeda Galaxy)
Woah. Trippy (and it makes sense to me; I hope it's illustrated right):
http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/our-model-of-the-solar-system-has-been-wrong-this-entire-time/

Edit: No, it's wrong. Here's the Bad Astronomer on it:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/04/vortex_motion_viral_video_showing_sun_s_motion_through_galaxy_is_wrong.html

The thing that made the most sense from Phil Plait's writing about it is, "The planets go around the Sun, and the whole shebang moves around the galaxy as a unit, tipped by that 60° angle."

Lascaux

Sep. 12th, 2014 09:59 pm
likethebeer: (2001 lolcat)
From ThinkGeek:
A dog named Robot is pretty awesome. A dog named Robot in 1940 is crazy awesome. A dog named Robot in 1940 who goes down a hole and finds 17,000 year old cave paintings? That's Lascaux for you. Today's the 74th anniversary of the day 4 teenagers (and a dog named Robot) discovered the magnificent Paleolithic cave paintings. Best dog walk evar.
likethebeer: (Codex from Avatar)
"Enci often carries lights or other objects which lend a sense of choreography to each video, and at times the exposure eliminates him from the scene or makes him appear shadowlike in the background...."
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/photographer-edal-enci-clones-himself-in-elaborate-choreographed-gifs/

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