bannerdandy:

REASONS WHY MY FRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN URS.
So Sam got me the 12 foot 4th Doctor’s scarf for Christmas and I’ve been wearing it for the past five days without fail. And I was just sitting here scrolling through tumblr and sipping my TARDIS tea that Ellis got me for Christmas and drinking from my TARDIS tea set that Tova got me for my birthday. So I realized that the only sane thing to do was brag to the internet and tell everyone who doesn’t care that I am a happy little duck. 
So here’s to this shitty little photograph where I AM HAPPIER THAN GOD I PROMISE YOU because my fiends are awesome. 

Before mom gets home…You should really clean that up.  

bannerdandy:

REASONS WHY MY FRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN URS.

So Sam got me the 12 foot 4th Doctor’s scarf for Christmas and I’ve been wearing it for the past five days without fail. And I was just sitting here scrolling through tumblr and sipping my TARDIS tea that Ellis got me for Christmas and drinking from my TARDIS tea set that Tova got me for my birthday. So I realized that the only sane thing to do was brag to the internet and tell everyone who doesn’t care that I am a happy little duck. 

So here’s to this shitty little photograph where I AM HAPPIER THAN GOD I PROMISE YOU because my fiends are awesome. 

Before mom gets home…
You should really clean that up.  

umzoology:

Ixoreus naevius

This varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius) flew into the new journalism building across campus a few hours ago, and when I received it the poor thing was still warm!  It is that time of year again where we see an increase of accidental deaths by collision — the other influx is in the Spring, when migrating birds are returning.  I thought it’d be a good time to remind and encourage you that reflective windows are terrible for many species.  As much as we love new accessions, almost one billion birds are killed every year by flying into windows in the United States alone.  This site has some great pointers on how to deter continuous bird collisions.  I would be curious to know how many bird deaths we get per year from the new journalism building because I’d bet it is in the dozens.  All because of their trendy new reflective windows — geez! 

(Source: thebrainscoop)

adqtvn:

On dirait l’arme malicieuse d’une certaine créature venant de l’enfer prête à vous exterminer. En réalité, il s’agit d’une graine inoffensive d’une plante, Krameria erecta, buisson de la famille des Krameriaceae.
Équipées de crochets, ces graines s’accrochent aux poils des bêtes rôdant à proximité pour être mieux dispersées loin de leur habitacle.
(Image: Rob Kesseler © Fruit: Edible, inedible, incredible by Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler, Papadakis Publisher, 2008, www.papadakis.net)

"It looks like a weapon or creature from hell ready to kill you. In reality, it’s a harmless plant seed, Krameria erecta, from a family of bushes "Krameriaceae." 
With hooks, the seeds cling to the hairs of animals passing by in order to be better dispersed throughout their habitat.”

adqtvn:

On dirait l’arme malicieuse d’une certaine créature venant de l’enfer prête à vous exterminer. En réalité, il s’agit d’une graine inoffensive d’une plante, Krameria erecta, buisson de la famille des Krameriaceae.

Équipées de crochets, ces graines s’accrochent aux poils des bêtes rôdant à proximité pour être mieux dispersées loin de leur habitacle.

(Image: Rob Kesseler © Fruit: Edible, inedible, incredible by Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler, Papadakis Publisher, 2008, www.papadakis.net)

"It looks like a weapon or creature from hell ready to kill you. In reality, it’s a harmless plant seed, Krameria erecta, from a family of bushes "Krameriaceae." 

With hooks, the seeds cling to the hairs of animals passing by in order to be better dispersed throughout their habitat.”

(via adqtvn)


Sport Makes Middle-Aged People Smarter
High-intensity interval training makes middle-aged people not only healthier but smarter, showed a Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) study led by Dr. Anil Nigam of the MHI and University of Montreal, in collaboration with the Montreal Geriatric University Institute.
“We worked with six adults who all followed a four-month program of twice weekly interval training on stationary bicycles and twice weekly resistance training. Cognitive function, VO2max and brain oxygenation during exercise testing revealed that the participants’ cognitive functions had greatly improved thanks to the exercise,” Dr. Nigam said. VO2max is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during exercise. It impacts on the body’s ability to oxygenate the brain and is related to cognitive function.
“Our participants underwent a battery of cognitive, biological and physiological tests before the program began in order to determine their cognitive functions, body composition, cardiovascular risk, brain oxygenation during exercise and maximal aerobic capacity,” Dr. Nigam explained.
“After the program was finished, we discovered that their waist circumference and particularly their trunk fat mass had decreased. We also found that their VO2max, insulin sensitivity had increased significantly, in tandem with their score on the cognitive tests and the oxygenation signals in the brain during exercise,” Dr Nigam said. Insulin sensitivity is the ability of sugar to enter body tissue (mainly liver and muscle.)



Gee that’s cool. I think I’ll go eat a bag of chips and watch a movie. Sound good to you?

Sport Makes Middle-Aged People Smarter

High-intensity interval training makes middle-aged people not only healthier but smarter, showed a Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) study led by Dr. Anil Nigam of the MHI and University of Montreal, in collaboration with the Montreal Geriatric University Institute.

“We worked with six adults who all followed a four-month program of twice weekly interval training on stationary bicycles and twice weekly resistance training. Cognitive function, VO2max and brain oxygenation during exercise testing revealed that the participants’ cognitive functions had greatly improved thanks to the exercise,” Dr. Nigam said. VO2max is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during exercise. It impacts on the body’s ability to oxygenate the brain and is related to cognitive function.

“Our participants underwent a battery of cognitive, biological and physiological tests before the program began in order to determine their cognitive functions, body composition, cardiovascular risk, brain oxygenation during exercise and maximal aerobic capacity,” Dr. Nigam explained.

“After the program was finished, we discovered that their waist circumference and particularly their trunk fat mass had decreased. We also found that their VO2max, insulin sensitivity had increased significantly, in tandem with their score on the cognitive tests and the oxygenation signals in the brain during exercise,” Dr Nigam said. Insulin sensitivity is the ability of sugar to enter body tissue (mainly liver and muscle.)

Gee that’s cool. I think I’ll go eat a bag of chips and watch a movie. Sound good to you?

(via neurosciencestuff)

sciencenote:

Nervous Twitch
Watching a nerve cell squirm after an electric shock may sound cruel and unusual, but it actually reveals a lot about our own response to pain. This nerve-like cell, from a rat, is sitting on nanoribbons – microscopically thin pieces of metal (less than a tenth of a human hair in width) suspended like tightropes over a chasm. A small electrical charge is applied to the cell and sensitive computer equipment used to spot wobbles in the ribbons as the cell tenses. Measuring these minute twitches gives a glimpse into the mechanics of the neurons [nerve cells] in our nervous system. Temporary changes in shape or deflections may be essential for our neurons to convey their own electrical messages – possibly from a cut finger or a stubbed toe – to the brain in a fraction of a second.
Written by John Ankers

Thanh Nguyen, Michael McAlpine
Princeton University, USA
Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Nanotechnology Copyright 2012
Published in Nature Nanotechnology 7, 587–593

sciencenote:

Nervous Twitch

Watching a nerve cell squirm after an electric shock may sound cruel and unusual, but it actually reveals a lot about our own response to pain. This nerve-like cell, from a rat, is sitting on nanoribbons – microscopically thin pieces of metal (less than a tenth of a human hair in width) suspended like tightropes over a chasm. A small electrical charge is applied to the cell and sensitive computer equipment used to spot wobbles in the ribbons as the cell tenses. Measuring these minute twitches gives a glimpse into the mechanics of the neurons [nerve cells] in our nervous system. Temporary changes in shape or deflections may be essential for our neurons to convey their own electrical messages – possibly from a cut finger or a stubbed toe – to the brain in a fraction of a second.

Written by John Ankers

Disney bought Marvel.

bannerdandy:

Disney is buying Star Wars. 

Saying Disney destroys everything it touches is a big bs lie. Lets be real. Shit son, now they can have more Star Wars rides at Disney because they don’t have to go through Lucas. 

I really don’t see a problem with this. Your Star Wars that you loved will still be there. They’re not going to trash every DVD and computer hard drive with the movie stored on it. They’re not going to stop selling it. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll come out with something that will get another generation into it. 
Maybe they’ll come out with something damn good.
Why is this personally offending so many people.
Shut up. I don’t care. I still have my VHS Star Wars and that’s all that matters. Calm your tits. 

Talking shit about Disney aside. 

People are upset because George Lucas has tried to suck all of the money he can out of Star Wars even if that means diminishing it’s quality. 
And at that point I just have to go and agree with you because that’s the way business works.  

If you don’t like something, don’t buy it. 
If people don’t buy it because they don’t like it, and they lose money on it, I promise you Disney won’t do it again.  

But even posts like these perpetuate the problem of: I don’t care why are people still posting about this stop. 

beingspooktastic:

my favourite thing about history is how everyone tries to invade russia but are somehow caught off guard by the russian winter 

And the Spanish Inquisition.

(Source: naweenie, via bannerdandy)

Tags: politics

thejogging:

Police baton holding Barack Obama and Mitt Romney toilet paper, 2012
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thejogging:

Police baton holding Barack Obama and Mitt Romney toilet paper, 2012

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