ontologicalterrorist:

Glastonbury, England: A festival-goer walks through tipis at the Glastonbury festival 
Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

ontologicalterrorist:

Glastonbury, England: A festival-goer walks through tipis at the Glastonbury festival 

Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

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"People who are deaf benefit from better vision due to the fact their retinas develop differently, experts at the University of Sheffield have shown.
The research, which was funded by RNID — Action on Hearing Loss and published June 1, 2011 in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that the retina of adults who are either born deaf or have an onset of deafness within the very first years of life actually develops differently to hearing adults in order for it to be able to capture more peripheral visual information.”

Retina Holds the Key to Better Vision in Deaf People

"People who are deaf benefit from better vision due to the fact their retinas develop differently, experts at the University of Sheffield have shown.

The research, which was funded by RNID — Action on Hearing Loss and published June 1, 2011 in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that the retina of adults who are either born deaf or have an onset of deafness within the very first years of life actually develops differently to hearing adults in order for it to be able to capture more peripheral visual information.”

Retina Holds the Key to Better Vision in Deaf People


"The above image shows a three-millimeter-wide droplet of heptane fuel burning in microgravity. The burning fuel (yellow) produces particles of soot (green) that ultimately spiral out from the flame zone in long, twisting streamers."

"The above image shows a three-millimeter-wide droplet of heptane fuel burning in microgravity. The burning fuel (yellow) produces particles of soot (green) that ultimately spiral out from the flame zone in long, twisting streamers."

Stars Adorn Orion’s Sword
 
"This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion — an active stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars. Many will turn out like our sun. Some are even more massive. These massive stars light up the Orion nebula, which is seen here as the bright region near the center of the image.
To the north of the Orion nebula is a dark filamentary cloud of cold dust and gas, over 5 light-years in length, containing ruby red protostars that jewel the hilt of Orion’s sword. These are the newest generation of stars in this stellar nursery, and include the protostar HOPS 68, where Spitzer spotted tiny green crystals in a surrounding cloud of gas” 
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo, Ohio)

Stars Adorn Orion’s Sword

"This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion — an active stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars. Many will turn out like our sun. Some are even more massive. These massive stars light up the Orion nebula, which is seen here as the bright region near the center of the image.

To the north of the Orion nebula is a dark filamentary cloud of cold dust and gas, over 5 light-years in length, containing ruby red protostars that jewel the hilt of Orion’s sword. These are the newest generation of stars in this stellar nursery, and include the protostar HOPS 68, where Spitzer spotted tiny green crystals in a surrounding cloud of gas” 

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo, Ohio)

New View of the Great Nebula in Carina
"Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way. Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergiant star (upper center) is surrounded by the Carina Nebula. In this composite image spanning the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum, areas that appear blue are not obscured by dust, while areas that appear red are hidden behind dark clouds of dust in visible light. A study combining X-ray and Infrared observations has revealed a new population of massive stars lurking in regions of the nebula that are highly obscured by dust. Adding these new massive stars to the known massive stars suggests that the Carina Nebula will produce twice as many supernova explosions as previously supposed.
Visible light in the blue part of the spectrum from the Digital Sky Survey is represented as blue, near infrared light with a wavelength of 2.2 microns from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) is green, and infrared observations from the Infrared Array Camera on NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope at 3.6 microns is red”
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Povich (Penn State Univ.)

New View of the Great Nebula in Carina

"Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way. Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergiant star (upper center) is surrounded by the Carina Nebula. In this composite image spanning the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum, areas that appear blue are not obscured by dust, while areas that appear red are hidden behind dark clouds of dust in visible light. A study combining X-ray and Infrared observations has revealed a new population of massive stars lurking in regions of the nebula that are highly obscured by dust. Adding these new massive stars to the known massive stars suggests that the Carina Nebula will produce twice as many supernova explosions as previously supposed.

Visible light in the blue part of the spectrum from the Digital Sky Survey is represented as blue, near infrared light with a wavelength of 2.2 microns from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) is green, and infrared observations from the Infrared Array Camera on NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope at 3.6 microns is red”

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Povich (Penn State Univ.)

jtotheizzoe:

Can psychedelic therapy ease the suffering of cancer patients? According to a new book, yes.
Of course, can and should are two different things. Psychedelic drugs are not subject to the detailed clinical and safety profiles of “modern” pharmaceuticals … but then again they have been used for hundreds of years. I think there is certainly room for debate about controlled, monitored usage here.

jtotheizzoe:

Can psychedelic therapy ease the suffering of cancer patients? According to a new book, yes.

Of course, can and should are two different things. Psychedelic drugs are not subject to the detailed clinical and safety profiles of “modern” pharmaceuticals … but then again they have been used for hundreds of years. I think there is certainly room for debate about controlled, monitored usage here.

Your Mind - VS Ramachandran

"Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples."

A bit lengthy, but a fascinating look at how the mind functions.

cwnl:

DMT

Fact: We all go under psychedelic experiences every night when we dream when our brains pump out DMT in order to produce the strange and revealing suppression of thoughts. So in a sense, you’re all habitual drug users.

Much like psychedelics give you insights, so do dreams. Imagine, let’s say you have a tumor (let’s hope not), and you know you have it but you don’t want to tell anyone. This becomes a supressed thought, the supressed thought believe it or not if it stays it will literally stay until you go mad as it eats away at your mind. But what happens when you sleep however, is that something relating to the tumor (The suppressed thought) will pop up, something so strange and sometimes revealing and right in your face, that you can’t help but to want to face it. It puts you into a mental arena where you have to face your thoughts and overcome them by not surpressing it. This is all thanks to DMT, which many scientists and even mathmeticians praise despite it being a psychedellic drug.

Here is a video of Mathematician Ralph Abraham explaining DMT and his experiences with it.


  The Spirit Molecule explores the enigmatic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found throughout nature, and considered the most potent psychedelic. In 1995, Dr. Strassman completed the first government-sanctioned, psychedelic research on DMT, with results that may answer humanitys greatest questions.


Joe Rogan’s Thought on DMT



DMT Under the Microscope

DMT: Wikipedia




  N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. DMT is found not only in several plants, but also in trace amounts in humans and other mammals, where it is originally derived from the essential amino acid tryptophan, and ultimately produced by the enzyme INMT during normal metabolism. The natural function of its widespread presence remains undetermined. Structurally, DMT is analogous to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT), the hormone melatonin, and other psychedelic tryptamines, such as 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenin, and psilocin (the active metabolite of psilocybin).
  
  Many cultures, indigenous and modern, ingest DMT as a psychedelic drug, in either extracted or synthesized forms. When DMT is inhaled or consumed, depending on the dose, its subjective effects can range from short-lived milder psychedelic states to powerful immersive experiences, which include a total loss of connection to conventional reality, which may be so extreme that it becomes ineffable. DMT is also the primary psychoactive in ayahuasca, an Amazonian Amerindian brew employed for divinatory and healing purposes. Pharmacologically, ayahuasca combines DMT with an MAOI, an enzyme inhibitor that allows DMT to be orally active.

cwnl:

DMT

Fact: We all go under psychedelic experiences every night when we dream when our brains pump out DMT in order to produce the strange and revealing suppression of thoughts. So in a sense, you’re all habitual drug users.

Much like psychedelics give you insights, so do dreams. Imagine, let’s say you have a tumor (let’s hope not), and you know you have it but you don’t want to tell anyone. This becomes a supressed thought, the supressed thought believe it or not if it stays it will literally stay until you go mad as it eats away at your mind. But what happens when you sleep however, is that something relating to the tumor (The suppressed thought) will pop up, something so strange and sometimes revealing and right in your face, that you can’t help but to want to face it. It puts you into a mental arena where you have to face your thoughts and overcome them by not surpressing it. This is all thanks to DMT, which many scientists and even mathmeticians praise despite it being a psychedellic drug.

Here is a video of Mathematician Ralph Abraham explaining DMT and his experiences with it.

The Spirit Molecule explores the enigmatic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found throughout nature, and considered the most potent psychedelic. In 1995, Dr. Strassman completed the first government-sanctioned, psychedelic research on DMT, with results that may answer humanitys greatest questions.

Joe Rogan’s Thought on DMT

DMT Under the Microscope

DMT: Wikipedia

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. DMT is found not only in several plants, but also in trace amounts in humans and other mammals, where it is originally derived from the essential amino acid tryptophan, and ultimately produced by the enzyme INMT during normal metabolism. The natural function of its widespread presence remains undetermined. Structurally, DMT is analogous to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT), the hormone melatonin, and other psychedelic tryptamines, such as 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenin, and psilocin (the active metabolite of psilocybin).

Many cultures, indigenous and modern, ingest DMT as a psychedelic drug, in either extracted or synthesized forms. When DMT is inhaled or consumed, depending on the dose, its subjective effects can range from short-lived milder psychedelic states to powerful immersive experiences, which include a total loss of connection to conventional reality, which may be so extreme that it becomes ineffable. DMT is also the primary psychoactive in ayahuasca, an Amazonian Amerindian brew employed for divinatory and healing purposes. Pharmacologically, ayahuasca combines DMT with an MAOI, an enzyme inhibitor that allows DMT to be orally active.

Tasseled Anglerfish
"The tasseled anglerfish is one of over 200 anglerfish species that put food on the table by combining camouflage and the physiological fishing tackle that gives them their name. The fish uses a protruding piece of rodlike dorsal spine, tipped with a bacteria-fuelled, glowing “lure,” to tempt prey close enough to be gulped by its outsize mouth."
Photograph by Jason Edwards

Tasseled Anglerfish

"The tasseled anglerfish is one of over 200 anglerfish species that put food on the table by combining camouflage and the physiological fishing tackle that gives them their name. The fish uses a protruding piece of rodlike dorsal spine, tipped with a bacteria-fuelled, glowing “lure,” to tempt prey close enough to be gulped by its outsize mouth."

Photograph by Jason Edwards


A Light Switch For Neurons - Ed Boyden

"Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he’s managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics. Session host Juan Enriquez leads a brief post-talk Q&A."

"The fifth dwarf planet of the solar system, Haumea, and at least one of its two satellites, are covered in crystalline water-ice due to the tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements. This is the finding of an international research study using observations from the VLT telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
The tiny and strange planet Haumea moves beyond the orbit of Neptune. It has the shape of a flattened rugby ball and is around 2,000 km long. It spins completely in less than four hours, at one of the fastest rotation speeds in the solar system. The crystallised water that covers this planet and its two satellites (Hi’iaka and Namaka) makes them shine in the darkness of space.”

Dwarf Planet Haumea Shines With Crystalline Ice

"The fifth dwarf planet of the solar system, Haumea, and at least one of its two satellites, are covered in crystalline water-ice due to the tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements. This is the finding of an international research study using observations from the VLT telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

The tiny and strange planet Haumea moves beyond the orbit of Neptune. It has the shape of a flattened rugby ball and is around 2,000 km long. It spins completely in less than four hours, at one of the fastest rotation speeds in the solar system. The crystallised water that covers this planet and its two satellites (Hi’iaka and Namaka) makes them shine in the darkness of space.”

Dwarf Planet Haumea Shines With Crystalline Ice