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The 2013 Microscope Images of the Year The yawning trap of a carnivorous plant has taken First Prize in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. Igor Siwanowicz, a researcher from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute captured the fascinating photo. The confocal image was selected from more than 2100 entries. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the competition is the world’s premier platform for honouring images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. In addition to the Top 10 award-winning recipients, 69 Honorable Mentions received recognition this year, including 55 still images and 14 movies. The 2013 winning entries reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology as documented by researchers, along with amazing glimpses of life on a microscopic scale captured by hobbyists, students and scientists. Next year’s competition, which closes September 30, 2014 is already open for participants. 1st Place Igor Siwanowicz 2nd Place Dorit Hockman 3rd Place Dr.

Portraits of Happy Centenarians by Karsten Thormaehlen “Happy at One Hundred”, a nice series of portraits of centenarians by the German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen… Karsten Thormaehlen “Happy at One Hundred“, une superbe série de portraits de centenaires réalisée par le photographe allemand Karsten Thormaehlen… Miniature Worlds Digitally Assembled from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson Sydney-based artist Catherine Nelson refers to herself as a painter with a camera, in that she doesn’t see the world as a photographer does but instead uses photos as a medium with which she creates these fantastic miniature worlds. Each work is comprised of hundreds of photographs which she digitally stitches together, drawing from an extensive background in visual special effects having worked on such films as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and 300. Of her work Nelson says: When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level. The ‘Future Memories’ series comprises of 20 floating worlds, meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details.

`▲´ Damian Marley - It was written Thymus Gland - Anatomy Pictures and Information [Continued from above] . . . It has two distinct but identical lobes that are each surrounded by a tough, fibrous capsule. Within each lobe is a superficial region of tissue called the cortex and a histologically distinct deep region called the medulla. Epithelial tissues and lymphatic tissues containing dendritic cells and macrophages make up the majority of both regions of the thymus. The function of the thymus is to receive immature T cells that are produced in the red bone marrow and train them into functional, mature T cells that attack only foreign cells. T cells first reside within the cortex of the thymus where they come in contact with epithelial cells presenting various antigens. Upon reaching the medulla, the surviving T cells continue to mature and are presented with the body’s own antigens. Several hormones produced by the thymus promote the maturation of the T cells prior to their release into the bloodstream. Prepared by Tim Taylor, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor

Eva's escaping French photographer Julie de Waroquier began taking pictures in 2008, when she discovered her true passion for the art form. There's an ethereal quality to the 22-year-old digital photographer's work. It's light and airy with a hint of surrealism that doesn't hit you all at once. Like in a dream, it feels like everything is exactly as it's supposed to be, despite the clearly unusual flock of birds flying overhead, indoors, and the tiny train set chugging along in the woods. The self-taught photographer often realizes her stories by serving as the subject within the frame, in addition to her responsibilities as the creative mind behind the scenes. Julie de Waroquier website

Mind-to-mind thought talking possible by 2030, scientist says Today we enjoy basic conversations with our smart phone, desktop PC, games console, TV and soon, our car; but voice recognition, many believe, should not be viewed as an endgame technology. Although directing electronics with voice and gestures may be considered state-of-the-art today, we will soon be controlling entertainment and communications equipment not by talking or waving; but just by thinking! Forget Siri, if future-thinking researchers have their way, your brain could soon be chatting away on the phone. Enter University of Reading's Dr. In 1998, Warwick implanted a transmitter in his arm enabling him to control doors and other devices. Next, Warwick implanted a chip in his wife Irena's arm, linking their brains together through the Internet. The goal of much of this research is to help patients rendered voiceless by strokes or other ailments speak their thoughts directly, much like Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist who speaks only with the aid of a computer synthesizer.

eVa's dragonfly Mystery of Prince Rupert's Drop at 130,000 fps About this video How was this done by so small a force? Smarter Every Day heads to a glassblowing workshop in Alabama to reveal the unique mechanical properties of the Prince Rupert's drop – a tadpole-shaped glass structure created by dropping molten glass in cold water. As Destin demonstrates, the very high residual stress within the bulbous end of the drop allows it to withstand a blow from a hammer. However, a slight touch on the drop’s tail will cause the whole structure to explode. Filming in high-speed with a Phantom v1610 the team capture the explosion at100,000 frames per second to reveal, for the first time, exactly how the Prince Rupert drop explodes. But why does this happen? As Destin explains: "If one link in this tension chain is ever cut, it breaks on down the line feeding off of its own stored up energy just like a chemical explosion." Mechanical strain energy is released in a phenomenon known as a "mechanical failure front".

9-Year-Old Girl Builds Shelters For The Homeless And Grows Food For Them, Too Though Hailey Fort is only 9 years old, she has already done more to help the homeless and needy than many of us have. This young girl spends her free time building mobile shelters for the homeless, and even grows food and provides toiletries for them, too! When Fort was 5 years old, she asked her mother, Miranda, about helping a homeless man she saw in Bremerton, Washington, where she lives. Her mother said yes, and now they work together to help the needy. The man she helped, Edward, has become her friend. This year, Fort’s goal is to grow 250lbs (113kg) of food, build 12 shelters, and delivers thousands of toiletries and hygienic items. More info: Facebook | Amazon | Gofundme (h/t: king5, abc) When Hailey was 5, she saw a homeless man and asked her mom whether she could help him by buying a sandwich Since then, this 9-year-old has been building mobile shelters to help her homeless friends “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people. Watch this video about her amazing work

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