This video just came out from Nature. It seems that they’ve developed a fixation method that make tissue transparent without destroying or displacing the proteins. This allows for high resolution 3D analysis of cell structures within organs, something that was limited only to embryo’s and smaller tissues in the past.
Besides being cool science the video is definitely sweet just to enjoy!
Tadpole Sees Through Eyeball on Its Tail
I will be working on projects like these in this lab in the next few months. So much amazing science!
Fascinating report involving the use of machine learning in dream decoding! The algorithm was trained by watching brain activity while hundreds of images were shown to subjects. Then brain activity during dreaming was input for the same subjects. It’s still VERY primitive, but the computer predict that the subject had dreamed about a car, not a chair. It only worked if the computer was given two choices, but still that’s rather impressive.
Two things I get from this, we are one step closer to ‘Minority Report’ and I need to finally get around to watching ‘Inception’.
Those who follow my blog may have noticed a slow-down in post frequency. Truthfully I’ve been working on my writing, just not the creative kind. For my next career move I need to write a grant application based off of this paper. The deadline is in less than two weeks and I’m cramming to get it all together. I shouldn’t even be writing this, but I check my own site compulsively and am getting bored seeing the same image every time.
The original paper suggests that the spine transmits information in response to damage that affects regenerating tail shape. This is evidenced by how tail shape goes wrong when there are competing damage signals from the spine as depicted above. The implication here is that the information of tail and shape is actually generated and transmitted by the central nervous system (CNS). In my proposal we are planning to take control of the CNS signaling and see if we can control regenerating tail shape and understand how that information is transmitted.
Off the hook science FTW.
…and it works…
‘A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information’
I’ve been trying all day to figure out how to present this to you. It’s so wild I’m not sure anything but the original publication can do it justice. In the end I’ve decided post both the summary and the actual research article so you can take your pick. Click the images below to read the articles
Science art is my favorite art. Check out these dark, moody, renditions of neurons from Greg Dunn.