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Nutritional Awareness by Kaila Kasper
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Gun Country
Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.
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Gun Country
Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.
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Gun Country
Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.
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Gun Country
Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.
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Gun Country
Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.
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Improving Babies’ Language Skills Before They’re Even Old Enough to Speak
In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds “might” be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new Rutgers research.
The study by April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University-Newark is published in the October 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. 
The researchers found that when 4-month-old babies learned to pay attention to increasingly complex non-language audio patterns and were rewarded for correctly shifting their eyes to a video reward when the sound changed slightly, their brain scans at 7 months old showed they were faster and more accurate at detecting other sounds important to language than babies who had not been exposed to the sound patterns. 
“Young babies are constantly scanning the environment to identify sounds that might be language,” says Benasich, who directs the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the University’s Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. “This is one of their key jobs – as between 4 and 7 months of age they are setting up their pre-linguistic acoustic maps. We gently guided the babies’ brains to focus on the sensory inputs which are most meaningful to the formation of these maps.” 
Acoustic maps are pools of interconnected brain cells that an infant brain constructs to allow it to decode language both quickly and automatically – and well-formed maps allow faster and more accurate processing of language, a function that is critical to optimal cognitive functioning. Benasich says babies of this particular age may be ideal for this kind of training.
“If you shape something while the baby is actually building it,” she says, “it allows each infant to build the best possible auditory network for his or her particular brain. This provides a stronger foundation for any language (or languages) the infant will be learning. Compare the baby’s reactions to language cues to an adult driving a car. You don’t think about specifics like stepping on the gas or using the turn signal. You just perform them. We want the babies’ recognition of any language-specific sounds they hear to be just that automatic.”
Benasich says she was able to accelerate and optimize the construction of babies’ acoustic maps, as compared to those of infants who either passively listened or received no training, by rewarding the babies with a brief colorful video when they responded to changes in the rapidly varying sound patterns. The sound changes could take just tens of milliseconds, and became more complex as the training progressed.
Looking for lasting improvement in language skills
“While playing this fun game we can convey to the baby, ‘Pay attention to this. This is important. Now pay attention to this. This is important,’” says Benasich, “This process helps the baby to focus tightly on sounds in the environment that ‘may’ have critical information about the language they are learning. Previous research has shown that accurate processing of these tens-of-milliseconds differences in infancy is highly predictive of the child’s language skills at 3, 4 and 5 years.”  
The experiment has the potential to provide lasting benefits. The EEG (electroencephalogram) scans showed the babies’ brains processed sound patterns with increasing efficiency at 7 months of age after six weekly training sessions. The research team will follow these infants through 18 months of age to see whether they retain and build upon these abilities with no further training. That outcome would suggest to Benasich that once the child’s earliest acoustic maps are formed in the most optimal way, the benefits will endure.  
Benasich says this training has the potential to advance the development of typically developing babies as well as children at higher risk for developmental language difficulties. For parents who think this might turn their babies into geniuses, the answer is – not necessarily.  Benasich compares the process of enhancing acoustic maps to some people’s wishes to be taller. “There’s a genetic range to how tall you become – perhaps you have the capacity to be 5’6” to 5’9”,” she explains. “If you get the right amounts and types of food, the right environment, the right exercise, you might get to 5’9” but you wouldn’t be 6 feet. The same principle applies here.”
Benasich says it’s very likely that one day parents at home will be able to use an interactive toy-like device – now under development – to mirror what she accomplished in the baby lab and maximize their babies’ potential. For the 8 to 15 percent of infants at highest risk for poor acoustic processing and subsequent delayed language, this baby-friendly behavioral intervention could have far-reaching implications and may offer the promise of improving or perhaps preventing language difficulties.
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From Daily Anatomy







Incredible view of the Corpus callosum! "The cerebral hemispheres are divided right down the middle into a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere. Each hemisphere appears to be specialized for some behaviors.The hemispheres communicate with each other through a thick band of 200-250 million nerve fibers called the corpus callosum. (A smaller band of nerve fibers called the anterior commissure also connects parts of the cerebral hemispheres.)It connects the left and right sides of the brain allowing for communication between both hemispheres. The corpus callosum transfers motor, sensory, and cognitive information between the brain hemispheres.As a last resort, the corpus callosum can be severed so that communication between the cerebral hemispheres is interrupted in cases of severe intractable epilepsy, but of course you can imagine that this is accompanied by strong neuropathological symptoms!”Image found on bobschuster.com
 
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Why are human faces so unique?
What’s in a face? The amazing variety of human faces — far greater than that of most other animals — is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley.
Behavioral ecologist Michael J. Sheehan explains that our highly visual social interactions are almost certainly the driver of this evolutionary trend. Many animals use smell or vocalization to identify individuals, making distinctive facial features unimportant, especially for animals that roam after dark, he said. But humans are different.
In the study, Sheehan and coauthor Michael Nachman asked, “Are traits such as distance between the eyes or width of the nose variable just by chance, or has there been evolutionary selection to be more variable than they would be otherwise; more distinctive and more unique?”
As predicted, the researchers found that facial traits are much more variable than other bodily traits, such as the length of the hand, and that facial traits are independent of other facial traits, unlike most body measures. People with longer arms, for example, typically have longer legs, while people with wider noses or widely spaced eyes don’t have longer noses. Both findings suggest that facial variation has been enhanced through evolution.
“Genetic variation tends to be weeded out by natural selection in the case of traits that are essential to survival,” Nachman said. “Here it is the opposite; selection is maintaining variation. All of this is consistent with the idea that there has been selection for variation to facilitate recognition of individuals.”
Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique →
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This surrealistic timelapse doesn’t show an ocean in the sky. These are undulatus asperatus clouds rolling over Lincoln, Nebraska. Also known simply as asperatus, this cloud formation has been proposed as but not yet recognized as a distinctive cloud type. Their speed is much slower than shown in the animation, but the wave-like motion is accurate and is the source of the cloud’s name, which comes from the Latin word aspero, meaning to make rough. Though they appear stormy, asperatus clouds do not usually produce storms. They form under conditions similar to those of mammatus clouds, but wind shear at the cloud level causes the undulations to form. (Maybe some Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities going on there?) You can check out many more images of asperatus clouds at the Cloud Appreciation Society’s gallery. (Image credit: A. Schueth, source video; submitted by leftcoastjunkies)
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For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
The lake (once the fourth largest in the world) has been shrinking since the 1960’s, when the Soviet Union diverted two rivers to provide irrigation for farms. This year a drop in rain and snow levels lowered the water level even more.
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For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
The lake (once the fourth largest in the world) has been shrinking since the 1960’s, when the Soviet Union diverted two rivers to provide irrigation for farms. This year a drop in rain and snow levels lowered the water level even more.
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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

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There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

more like “how to style your hijab and look like a majestic queen” oh goodness

There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

this is gorgeous.

Now this is fashion.

the beads are absolutely perfect. This is absolutely perfect.
It’s so majestic.


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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

more like “how to style your hijab and look like a majestic queen” oh goodness

There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

this is gorgeous.

Now this is fashion.

the beads are absolutely perfect. This is absolutely perfect.
It’s so majestic.


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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

more like “how to style your hijab and look like a majestic queen” oh goodness

There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

this is gorgeous.

Now this is fashion.

the beads are absolutely perfect. This is absolutely perfect.
It’s so majestic.


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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

more like “how to style your hijab and look like a majestic queen” oh goodness

There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

this is gorgeous.

Now this is fashion.

the beads are absolutely perfect. This is absolutely perfect.
It’s so majestic.


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Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

more like “how to style your hijab and look like a majestic queen” oh goodness

There’s a lady down my street that does this and every time I see her I tell her how beautiful it looks on her. It really makes both of our days better.

this is gorgeous.

Now this is fashion.

the beads are absolutely perfect. This is absolutely perfect.
It’s so majestic.


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