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6 People Who Gained Amazing Skills from Brain Injuries

6 People Who Gained Amazing Skills from Brain Injuries
In real life, people don't suffer freaky events like getting struck by lightning or getting part of their brain removed and then suddenly find themselves with new superpowers, like heat vision or flight. However, people do apparently suffer freaky events and then gain the ability to do art. It's a poorly understood phenomenon, but according to the experts who've studied them, these people aren't just messing with us. #6. Man Has Mystery Illness, Gains Super Memory and Painting Powers Quick: Picture in your mind what your neighborhood looked like when you were 4 years old."It's so strange. When 30-something Italian immigrant Franco Magnani arrived in San Francisco in the 1960s, he came down with just such a fever -- to the point that he sometimes became delirious and had seizures. Magnani became so engulfed by the memories that he started to draw and eventually paint them. Via Can we call "Photoshop" on a painting? Via Exploratorium.eduPhoto, again on the left.

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7 Bizarre Easter Eggs Hidden in Great Works of Art We tend to think of classic art as being all dignified and serious, if perhaps a little stuffy. But that's only because we're not looking closely enough. As we've pointed out before, a lot of classical art is like a "Where's Waldo?" picture, but with more bare breasts and less mockery from your peers if they catch you puzzling over it. #7.

Teacher depression may affect child learning By Kathryn Doyle The more depressive symptoms third grade teachers had in a new study, the less progress in math their struggling students made during the school year. This was only an exploratory study of 27 teachers and it’s too soon to be treating depressed teachers as a problem that needs to be fixed, said the paper’s senior author, but the connection to kids’ learning could be important. Teacher depression may be one of many factors that determine how well kids can learn, Carol McDonald Connor, a psychology professor at Arizona State University in Tempe, told Reuters Health.

The 8 Creepiest Glitches Hidden in Popular Video Games We've told you about the creepiest video game Easter eggs ever found. But Easter eggs are hidden details that someone intentionally put there to mess with you -- their horror is still limited by the human imagination. No, the most terrifying game moments are when lines of code go awry to make characters start looking, and behaving, like monsters. Lines of code, or maybe demonic possession. You be the judge. Can you live a normal life with half a brain? A few extreme cases show that people can be missing large chunks of their brains with no significant ill-effect – why? Tom Stafford explains what it tells us about the true nature of our grey matter. How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent months about people with chunks of their brains missing or damaged. These cases tell a story about the mind that goes deeper than their initial shock factor.

The 9 Most Badass Last Words Ever Uttered: Part 2 Hello there, dear readers. We hope you're having a wonderful day. We just wanted to take a moment to remind you that you are most likely going to die in total obscurity. Man with tiny brain shocks doctors - health - 20 July 2007 A man with an unusually tiny brain manages to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, which was caused by a fluid build-up in his skull. Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue (see image, right). "It is hard for me [to say] exactly the percentage of reduction of the brain, since we did not use software to measure its volume. But visually, it is more than a 50% to 75% reduction," says Lionel Feuillet, a neurologist at the Mediterranean University in Marseille, France. Feuillet and his colleagues describe the case of this patient in The Lancet. He is a married father of two children, and works as a civil servant.

6 Fictional Places You Didn't Know Actually Existed Part of what makes fantasy and sci-fi appealing is that it's not just a bunch of characters -- it's a whole world. One you want to live in. That's true even if it's an objectively bad place -- Gotham City looks like a shithole, but who wouldn't trade their current life with a chance to go there and fight supercriminals with Batman?

Unexplained communication between brain hemispheres without corpus callosum Magnetic resonance images comparing a healthy subject (left) with an AgCC patient (right). The corpus callosum is the thick, c-shaped structure outlined in the healthy brain and missing from the AgCC brain. Bottom image: Functional magnetic resonance images highlight symmetric patterns of synchronized activity in both healthy (left) and AgCC subjects (right) during rest with eyes closed. More than 15 of this type of network were found to be preserved in AgCC subjects. (Credit: California Institute of Technology) 6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics As we've pointed out before, there are some startlingly simple questions that science can't answer. And then there are the special occasions where the universe up and does a freaking magic trick that seems to be designed by an unjust, all-powerful entity dedicated to making scientists slowly pull off their glasses while saying, "What in the hell?" For instance ... #6. The Sun Can Make Stuff Hotter Than Itself We intuitively understand the direction that energy travels -- from the thing with energy to the thing with less energy.

Intact Bilateral Resting-State Networks in the Absence of the Corpus Callosum Introduction How is information processed by the brain so as to generate cognition, behavior, and conscious experience? Two fundamental features of the brain's functional architecture are a rich endogenous dynamics (Raichle et al., 2001) and an organization of functional networks (Sporns et al., 2004). The first feature emphasizes the fact that, although there are covariances between brain activity and sensory input, these are generally smaller than the interregional covariances within the brain. Resting-state functional connectivity has been widely used to show that there is a set of functional networks that can be found reproducibly in healthy humans with normal cognition (Greicius et al., 2003; Damoiseaux et al., 2006; Biswal et al., 2010).

5 Authors More Badass Than The Badass Character They Created When you read a story of a manly hero slaying a dragon and then bedding the princess, it's easy to imagine there's a 300-pound author sitting behind the typewriter in a tiny apartment full of cats. After all, fiction is all about escaping our real life, right? Not always. In fact, if you look at the authors behind some of the most iconic heroes of all time, you find a writer who's every bit as badass. Not only did these guys insert elements from their actual lives into the stories, they actually toned them down a bit. We're talking about the creators of characters like...

The man with the missing brain Here was a young couple driving home through Hancock Park, a well-heeled suburb of mansions and manicured lawns. Lewis was a thriving film producer of 36, best known for the huge comedy hit Look Who’s Talking, starring John Travolta, and Marcy, 27, was in marketing. They’d been married five months. 8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to E-books As e-book sales overtake paper-book sales, it seems like everybody is crying and wringing their hands about what it means -- serious, society-changing ramifications like the end of ownership, or ease of piracy, or environmental impact, or whether it makes things easier or harder for publishers or aspiring authors. Like most important issues, those are boring. What are some effects of going to an all e-book world that haven't been talked to death?