Skins Season 7, 2013
Charlie Chaplin’s great speech.
“So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” -Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Woven Brain
To the unaided eye, the most striking feature of the human brain is its squiggly pattern of bumps and grooves. But within those curves is a latticework of nerve fibers that cross each other at roughly right angles (above), according to a study published in tomorrow’s issue of Science. The researchers used a recently-developed method called diffusion spectrum imaging to infer the position of nerve fibers in the living human brain from the way water flows through and around them. These scans revealed an orderly weave of fibers—a much simpler organization than many scientists would have suspected. Scans in four monkey species found a similar pattern. The researchers suggest that this grid-like organization may be advantageous during brain development, providing the equivalent of highway lane markers to help growing nerve fibers find their way to the appropriate destination.
Where you get to know yourself (by BricePortolano)
Holiday Lights From Around the World
For many of us, lights have been a part of the holiday season since as far back as we can remember. The custom originated in the 18th century when upper-class Germans began decorating Christmas trees. The lighting trend gained steam in the early 1900s, and by the mid-20th century it had become customary to display strings of electric lights as decoration not only on Christmas trees, but outdoors along streets and buildings.
This year, we’ve gathered Instagram photos from some of the best lights displays around the world. To see more photos, be sure to visit the location pages for each of the displays:
Darkened Cities by Thierry Cohen
- New York 40° 42′ 16” N 2010-10-9 Lst 3:40
- San Francisco 37° 48′ 30” N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58
- New York 40° 46′ 38” N 2010-10-10 Lst 20:28
- Rio De Janeiro 22° 58′ 38” S 2011-06-04 Lst 15:08
- Shanghai 31° 13′ 27” N 2012-03-20 LST 13:57
- São Paulo 23° 33′ 22” S 2011-06-05 Lst 11:44
- Tokyo 35° 41′ 36” N 2011-11-16 Lst 23:16
Roadie goodbye dinner.