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Harvard scientists map the inside of the human brain as magnetic resonance scanner builds first 3D interior maps of brain


Restructure by Harumi Yukutake.

Photos via Tomomi Sasaki, Lindsay and Junicci.

Who’s working in America?

Funding a start up is difficult in itself and even harder when nobody’s really working. This is mostly about the inefficiency most businesses operate under and how it affects all of us. And you know what I am talking about, like the having to keep following up with your insurance agent because he didn’t email you when he said he was. While juggling your start up, life continues to happen and you must juggle that too, simultaneously. This is anything and everything from dealing with restaurants, banks, cell phone providers, insurance companies, apartment complex and anything else that plays a role in your life on a daily (or monthly) basis. 

There’s always the fun question of, “where are we eating?” while traveling to a new city and staying in a hotel. We opted for something quick like a burger and fries from a chain. We figured quick pick up and go. Wrong order, drive back, speak to manager, wait again, get to room and no ketchup. Next food attempt, pizza chain nearby. Let’s do it right, place the order online and choose delivery. One hour and a half later, customer service is saying that the order was never placed. I will save you from the rest. We’re talking about “simple” food systems right? You’re probably thinking that restaurants are just too common for mistakes, so what about banks, cell phone providers or your apartment complex?

Our bank loan has been approved and pending paperwork to sign. It has taken the banker three weeks to get this going and we’re probably looking at another two weeks. This is aside from the last three months lost trying to get this going. I have been to the same cell phone provider three different times to just open a business account. This is aside from the time spent on the phone with customer service. This last time our contact had to resend the paperwork to process AGAIN and waited around for 30 mins. We called it quits and walked out. My apartment complex never informed my rent would be $100 more until I arrived from out of town to sign the contract and with a trailer full of things behind me. To top it all off, we didn’t get any of the amenities we were told about. 

But my problem is not really the problems. It’s the way people respond and how easily it is to turn around and throw the ball back on your court. Everything always ends up being my fault, right? Does this sound familiar? So please, if you have a job, do it. If you don’t like it, save us all the grief and find something else to do.

Synchronized Brains: Feeling Strong Emotions Makes People’s Brains ‘Tick Together’


ScienceDaily (May 24, 2012) — Experiencing strong emotions synchronizes brain activity across individuals, a research team at Aalto University and Turku PET Centre in Finland has revealed.

Experiencing strong emotions synchronizes brain activity across individuals. (Credit: Image courtesy of Aalto University)

Human emotions are highly contagious. Seeing others’ emotional expressions such as smiles triggers often the corresponding emotional response in the observer. Such synchronization of emotional states across individuals may support social interaction: When all group members share a common emotional state, their brains and bodies process the environment in a similar fashion.

Researchers at Aalto University and Turku PET Centre have now found that feeling strong emotions makes different individuals’ brain activity literally synchronous.

The results revealed that especially feeling strong unpleasant emotions synchronized brain’s emotion processing networks in the frontal and midline regions. On the contrary, experiencing highly arousing events synchronized activity in the networks supporting vision, attention and sense of touch.

“Sharing others’ emotional states provides the observers a somatosensory and neural framework that facilitates understanding others’ intentions and actions and allows to ‘tune in’ or ‘sync’ with them. Such automatic tuning facilitates social interaction and group processes,” says Adjunct Professor Lauri Nummenmaa from the Aalto University, Finland.

“The results have major implications for current neural models of human emotions and group behavior. It also deepens our understanding of mental disorders involving abnormal socioemotional processing,” Nummenmaa says.

Participants’ brain activity was measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging while they were viewing short pleasant, neutral and unpleasant movies.

Source: Science Daily


The glowing “firefly squid” of Toyama, Japan. Each tentacle contains a photophore which produces light to attract small fish for the squid to feed on. 



Neurons communicate with each other through long dendritic processes



Neurons communicate with each other through long dendritic processes


There’s a shopping revolution happening—and it’s taking place in stores, online, deep inside your wallet, and everywhere else transactions have traction. From the way we spend money, to the things we spend it on, to the sales outlets themselves, consumers are wandering in a wonderland of buying potential. PayPal’s “digital wallet,” Amex’s slick socializing, Square’s disruptive tech, Warby Parker’s new way of selling eyeglasses, and’s, well, fab design site represent just a few of the people and companies at the forefront of the movement—and the innovations powering the way we shop now.

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MIT scientists are developing a needle-less injection technology that could see doctors administering drugs using a tiny high-pressured jet in future. Researchers unveiled a device this week that eliminates the use of needles by delivering drugs into tissue using a high-pressured stream right into the skin. The technology will benefit those who are afraid of needles or who have to frequently self-inject says Catherine Hogan, a research scientist at MIT. “We think this kind of technology … gets around some of the phobias that people may have about needles.” Drugs can be fired out at almost the speed of sound at around 340 meters per second, with a wide variety of volumes and velocities supported. MIT’s jet technology is of a similar diameter to a mosquito proboscis, which many humans do not feel entering their skin, so the injections will be painless. Ways to create painless needles have been explored before by other scientists using patches or reshaping the traditional needle, but MIT feels its latest technology allows it to breach the skin at different velocities and with varying amounts of doses in a highly controlled way. MIT is also working on a similar version of the device to turn powdered form drugs into a “fluidized” form to be delivered into the skin like a liquid.


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