skunkbear:

As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:

Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.

But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.

This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.

says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!

You can access the full video of their 3D model here.

Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli

ilovecharts:

Mitosis Explained Through Donuts

ilovecharts:

Mitosis Explained Through Donuts

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npr:

jedavu:

A Gorgeous Deck Of Cards That Catalog The World’s Popular Holiday Destinations

by Based in Melbourne, Australia, Harris Soetikno

Beautiful and functional. —Lauren 

Want.

skunkbear:

These have been floating around the internet for years - but I just came across them.  You can see more of these drawings (there are dozens), and the students written impressions of scientists, over at the FermiLab Education Office's website.


Astronaut Anna Fisher - Life Magazine - May 1985 - via The Pictorial Arts

Set phasers to stunning

Astronaut Anna Fisher - Life Magazine - May 1985 - via The Pictorial Arts

Set phasers to stunning

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

My new goal in life is to possess the same level of not giving a fuck as this child.

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nprmusic:

Fifty years ago today, Kyu Sakamoto was the face of a new postwar Japan: a clean-cut, 21-year-old pop idol. But professor Ian Condry says that underlying the sweetness of the hit song “Sukiyaki” was a story of sadness and loss.

Mad men and NPR

nprmusic:

Fifty years ago today, Kyu Sakamoto was the face of a new postwar Japan: a clean-cut, 21-year-old pop idol. But professor Ian Condry says that underlying the sweetness of the hit song “Sukiyaki” was a story of sadness and loss.

Mad men and NPR

nprfreshair:

It’s almost the weekend. Thus, a cat as sushi.
Lost At E Minor:

[When] I came across this bizarre ad series by the Japanese company Tange and Nakimushi Peanuts, I was greatly disturbed. How could anyone even think of letting a cat rub its furry body all over their sushi? This is wrong on so many levels.



Because we live in a world where this exists.

nprfreshair:

It’s almost the weekend. Thus, a cat as sushi.

Lost At E Minor:

[When] I came across this bizarre ad series by the Japanese company Tange and Nakimushi Peanuts, I was greatly disturbed. How could anyone even think of letting a cat rub its furry body all over their sushi? This is wrong on so many levels.

Because we live in a world where this exists.

(Source: oliver-kandt)