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“ …. When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are. ”

—    Ram Dass, Self Judgement  (via fuckyeahyoga)


How Canadian scientists are communicating with vegetative patients

His father takes him to the movies even though doctors assume the patient has been unresponsive and in a vegetative state for the past 16 years. But when Canadian scientists tested his brain functioning while watching a short film, they realized the patient understood the plot of the movie – and, in turn, probably understands what’s happening in his daily life.

Using what they’re calling a “game-changing” brain scanning technique, Canadian researchers say they can detect consciousness in patients thought to be in a vegetative state.

The breakthrough research out of the University of Western Ontario is another piece in a series of findings on communicating with patients thought to be completely unresponsive.

Last year, the researchers worked with three brain injury victims – one who had been in a vegetative state for 12 years following a car accident, knew his name, his identity and that he was in hospital.

This time around, a father reached out to the scientists led by Dr. Adrian Owen in hopes of learning how aware his 34-year-old son is. Turns out, he’s much more cognizant than his “unresponsive” state suggests.

The researchers handpicked an Alfred Hitchcock short movie – about eight minutes long – for their study. In it, a little boy finds a loaded gun and waves it around, even pointing it at people, thinking it isn’t real.

A group of healthy participants watched the film as the scientists documented their brain activity during suspenseful, scary moments. Then Owen and his team showed the film to the patient in a vegetative state.

“[This] patient responded to the particular events exactly the same way as healthy participants did when it came to particularly gripping parts,” Owen, the study’s co-author, told Global News. He’s a neuroscientist who’s spent the last 25 years working in brain imaging. He’s also the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging.

“On this basis, we were able to conclude the patient was actually following the plot of the movie, he wasn’t just in a vegetative state. He understood when the plot changed directions, and he was responding to particular events that were scary or offered relief. This is very important…we can deduce that this happens to him during real life events too.”

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Miloslav Druckmüller: Moon mathematicians under the lens 

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Shooting eclipse perhaps the most challenging astronomical photography. First, the light and shade of the transients, the photographer needs to quickly adjust the camera parameters are accurate; Secondly, if the shooting fails, you may need to wait several years. Czech mathematician Miloslav Druckmüller is a total solar eclipse fanatic who chase shot. Through his time and accurate calculation of the eclipse track, from 1980 to date to India, Chile, Angola, France, Zambia, Australia, Uganda, Kenya and many other places to shoot a total solar eclipse. Miloslav think it presents a challenging eclipse photos, each map requires a different degree of multiple exposure image synthesis. Distinguish between the use of highly sophisticated software, through the adaptation of human vision can be filtered in order to obtain such a different moon scene.-Sorry  for the translation!

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Orchis Simia is a rare orchid that is also called the monkey orchid. It can be grey pink to red. It gets its name from its lobed lip which mimics the general shape of a monkey’s body. (Wiki Page)

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Andromeda GalaxyVisible surface of the SunTotal Solar eclipsePleiadesHalley's Comet


Astrophotography from 1908 – 1919 (about one hundred years ago!)
Image courtesy: Yerkes Observatory, Royal Observatory of Greenwich, Mount Wilson Observatory