your brain runs its own network, robbing the poor to give to the rich, high-tech spider for hazardous missions

Your Brain’s Internal Connections Operate Like a Country Club

A new study, published November 2 in The Journal of Neuroscience, used MRI scans to map brain activity in 21 people. They found that the areas with the most connections—the hubs—were more strongly connected to one another than to other, less popular regions.

The researchers liken the favored networks to a country club setting, in which people with a great number of social connections bond with other connection-rich socialites.

They could not say that your brain’s networks act like an early 20th century village?. One of the reported advantages is that like a power grid, if one set of transmission stations goes down, power – or thinking – can be rerouted through one of the other networks. I have read previously that stroke patients often develop new neural pathways as a way to deal with nerves damaged by the stroke. Perhaps some day the producers of the morning news shows can be rewired to do more investigative reports and less Lindsay Lohan news.

belle epoch airship.

Photographer Léon Gimpel’s (1873-1948) photo of an early airship at the Musée d’Orsay. Amazing how formally people dressed were to go out on an average day.

Don’t be fooled by the new poverty numbers – The government programs keeping the working poor afloat are under concentrated Republican attack

And just like that, millions of Americans living in poverty vanished!

[   ]…The idea that conservatives are attempting to hold the line against doing more to ameliorate poverty completely misunderstands what is actually going on. Conservatives want the government to do less. Specifically, they want to cut or eradicate exactly those government programs that are keeping millions of Americans out of devastating hardship.

Exhibit A: Food stamps, a.k.a. the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Paul Ryan’s budget, passed by the House of Representatives, proposes cutting $127 billion from the food stamp program over the next ten years. That’s 20 percent of the entire program. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted in June, “three-quarters of SNAP benefits go to families with children… [and] nearly a third of beneficiaries are senior citizens or people with disabilities.”

Yep it is a huge incentive for people like the disabled and seniorsto be lazy ne’er do wells,  for the average $4.46 SNAP pays in food credits per day. All of this talk of cuts is so millionaires can pay even less in taxes. In just one of the meals he had this year Rep. Ryan (R-WI) enjoyed a $350 dollar bottle of wine with some political cronies.

The techy search spiders in Minority Report may have become reality of a sort, High-tech spider for hazardous missions

Enviably agile and purposeful, the mobile robot makes its way through grounds rendered off-limits to humans as the result of a chemical accident. Depressions, ruts and other obstacles are no match for this eight-legged high-tech journeyman. Its mission: with a camera and measurement equipment on board, it will provide emergency responders with an image of the situation on the ground, along with any data about poisonous substances. Not an easy task; after all, it must be prevented from tipping over. But this risk seems a minor one as it confidently and reliably picks its way through the area. As a real spider would, it keeps four legs on the ground at all times while the other four turn and ready themselves for the next step. Even in its appearance, this artificial articulate creature resembles an octopod. And no wonder – the natural specimen provided the model for researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. This high-tech assistant is still a prototype, but future plans envision its use as an exploratory tool in environments that are too hazardous for humans, or too difficult to get to. After natural catastrophes and industrial or reactor accidents, or in fire department sorties, it can help responders, for instance by broadcasting live images or tracking down hazards or leaking gas.

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Norman Ramsey Dies at 96; Work Led to the Atomic Clock

Norman F. Ramsey, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who developed a precise method to probe the structure of atoms and molecules and used it to devise a remarkably exact way to keep time, died on Friday in Wayland, Mass. He was 96.

[  ]…In 1949, Dr. Ramsey invented an experimental technique to measure the frequencies of electromagnetic radiation most readily absorbed by atoms and molecules. The technique allowed scientists to investigate their structure with greater accuracy and enabled the development of a new kind of timekeeping device known as the atomic clock. Dr. Ramsey received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1989 for both achievements.

Ramsey built on the resrech of his college professor Isidor Isaac Rabi of Columbia University working to refine how atoms work by using the separated oscillatory fields method – or the Ramsey method, which is still being used. The internet, portable electronics and the careers of millions of people would not have been possible without his work.

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snail on wet leaf

Fiona Apple – I know

The video looks like an amateur photographer’s salute to his girlfriend. Nothing wrong with that, its just not an official video.