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afro-dominicano:


teded:


And scientists are discovering that the brain controls how we respond to pain signals. For example, how much pain you feel can depend on whether you’re paying attention to the pain, or even your mood.



From the TED-Ed Lesson How do pain relievers work? - George Zaidan

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Interesting, I wonder how this type of research is shedding light (if it is) on what happens when people meditate or focus in order to minimize the pain or make it more bearable. and if the same process that allows you to regulate the pain easier is linked to concentration.


I remember reading about the gate control theory of pain in psych, proposed by Melzack/Wall in ‘65 (p. 974). Even though it’s imperfect and some of it now outdated, a LOT of research on pain management relies on gate control theory. It’s explained in a much more readable fashion here and here :) 

afro-dominicano:

teded:

And scientists are discovering that the brain controls how we respond to pain signals. For example, how much pain you feel can depend on whether you’re paying attention to the pain, or even your mood.

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Interesting, I wonder how this type of research is shedding light (if it is) on what happens when people meditate or focus in order to minimize the pain or make it more bearable. and if the same process that allows you to regulate the pain easier is linked to concentration.

I remember reading about the gate control theory of pain in psych, proposed by Melzack/Wall in ‘65 (p. 974). Even though it’s imperfect and some of it now outdated, a LOT of research on pain management relies on gate control theory. It’s explained in a much more readable fashion here and here :) 

captaiinmarvel:

when girls press their whole body against you when they hug, it means they like you a lot. also, they’re measuring your body to determine how long it will take them to eat your flesh, a technique shared by boa constrictors

astronomy-to-zoology:

Perisserosa guttata
…is a species of cowrie (Cypraeidae) which is distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from eastern India to New Guinea and Japan. Like other cowries P. guttata feeds at night to feed on a range of sessile invertebrates and plant matter. 
Classification
Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Littorinimorpha-Cypraeoidea-Cypraeidae-Perisserosa-P. guttata
Image: Philipp66

astronomy-to-zoology:

Perisserosa guttata

…is a species of cowrie (Cypraeidae) which is distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from eastern India to New Guinea and Japan. Like other cowries P. guttata feeds at night to feed on a range of sessile invertebrates and plant matter. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Littorinimorpha-Cypraeoidea-Cypraeidae-Perisserosa-P. guttata

Image: Philipp66

enter-galactic-love:

pretty colours

enter-galactic-love:

pretty colours

megaparsecs:

i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow. 

mucholderthen:

[ via paintvrlife ]

Stephanie Valentin's fascination as an artist lies with the dynamic and shifting relationship between the forces of nature and culture. Throughout her career she has shown an appreciation of the interconnectedness of biological life and for the intricacy and diversity of the natural world.”

peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) long heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) long heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

pureblindingcolour:

Dusky Pink Moon
by pureblindingcolour

pureblindingcolour:

Dusky Pink Moon

by pureblindingcolour

sixpenceee:

JOINTS IN MOTION

As said by IFL science

Cameron Drake of San Francisco has created a collection of magnificent images showing joints in motion. He was aided by orthopedic physician Dr. Noah Weiss and the finished product is completely amazing. If you’d like to know more about the project, please check out Drake’s blog.

hayleu:

if ur against breast feeding in public omfg…..you may not know this….but that’s literally what breasts are for

libutron:

The ‘Frog Glue’ of the Crucifix Frog 

This peculiar frog is an Australian endemic species that occurs in central inland New South Wales and the interior of southern Queensland. Its scientific name is Notaden bennettii (Myobatrachidae), and is better known as the Crucifix Frog or Holy Cross Frog because of the pattern of dark spots on its back resembling a cross.

Notaden bennettii is a fossorial frog, it means that is adapted to spend most of its life underground. They only emerge after heavy rains and breed in temporary pools.

Frogs of this species (and also of N. melanoscaphus and N. nichollsi)  produce an exudate, secreted by glands on their backs, that quickly sets into an adhesive and elastic material. They secrete the sticky material when they are provoked, probably in an attempt to deter potential predators.

The frogs typically live 1m underground in dried mud for nine months of the year. When they emerge are vulnerable to insect attacks and so a possible use of the exudate may be to jam the jaws of biting insects like ants, sticking them to the frog’s skin, which it later sheds and eats. The exudate sets rapidly as a yellow-colored tacky elastic solid, and sticks well even in the frog’s moist habitat.

Preliminary studies of this adhesive, which is biocompatible, have shown its several useful potential properties for medical applications.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

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Locality: Australia

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