Just donated blood to the Red Cross! My first successful donation, and I managed not to faint (until afterwards)! You can (and should) donate too. Get more information and find local blood drives at redcross.org.

Just donated blood to the Red Cross! My first successful donation, and I managed not to faint (until afterwards)! You can (and should) donate too.
Get more information and find local blood drives at redcross.org.

afracturedreality:

Human Papillomavirus
Shown in this electron micrograph from 1986 is a single, negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV), the primary culprit of skin warts and cervical cancer.
Note how the papillomavirus is non-enveloped, meaning that its outer protein coat, or capsid, is not covered by a lipid bilayer membrane. The HPV capsid looks roughly spherical, but, in fact, it has an icosahedral symmetry with a triangulation number equal to 7. Rather than a structure based on pentamers mixed with hexamers (like that of the soccer ball), the HPV capsid is composed of 72 L1 pentamers of two different types: 60 hexavalent pentamers and 12 pentavalent pentamers.
References: Visual Science / Wikipedia.Photo Credit: Laboratory of Tumor Virus Biology / National Cancer Institute.

afracturedreality:

Human Papillomavirus

Shown in this electron micrograph from 1986 is a single, negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV), the primary culprit of skin warts and cervical cancer.

Note how the papillomavirus is non-enveloped, meaning that its outer protein coat, or capsid, is not covered by a lipid bilayer membrane. The HPV capsid looks roughly spherical, but, in fact, it has an icosahedral symmetry with a triangulation number equal to 7. Rather than a structure based on pentamers mixed with hexamers (like that of the soccer ball), the HPV capsid is composed of 72 L1 pentamers of two different types: 60 hexavalent pentamers and 12 pentavalent pentamers.

References: Visual Science / Wikipedia.
Photo Credit
: Laboratory of Tumor Virus Biology / National Cancer Institute.

A message from Anonymous
What do you hope to accomplish in this life?

I feel like I’m being interviewed haha.

I hope to make a difference, which, I know, sounds cheesy and cliché, but I really do. I want to work one-on-one with people to better their lives.
I want to have the courage to be one of the samaritans who runs straight into the line of fire without hesitation to aid those who need it most.

A message from Anonymous
Do you fear death?

I do not. I spent a good portion of my life terrified of death, especially when I realized that I was not Christian like the rest of my family, and thus I saw no prospect of heaven. But at this point, I’m not afraid of it in the least. While I wouldn’t say that I see it as another journey, I do see it as a form of closure. I’d be more afraid to be immortal.

A message from Anonymous
Are you into poetry?

I can’t really say that I am. I used to enjoy reading it quite a bit when I was in high school, I just haven’t read or written too much since.

Edit: if you have any suggestions for me, do send them in!

There are times when moral integrity is far more important than logic.

Logically, terrorism is an effective way to garner attention.
Morally, it is the most deplorable act one can commit.

The anterior and interior surfaces of the sphenoid bone, as illustrated by H.V. Carter for Gray’s Anatomy.
This is one of my absolute favorite Gray’s Anatomy illustrations. 

The anterior and interior surfaces of the sphenoid bone, as illustrated by H.V. Carter for Gray’s Anatomy.

This is one of my absolute favorite Gray’s Anatomy illustrations. 

What are you going to do with my blood?

fyeahmedlab:

According to my donor card, I’m eligible to donate blood again. According to my cell phone’s “missed calls” history, the Red Cross badly needs my blood at multiple centers all across the Bay Area.

I like donating my blood, and I will again. But I have some questions.

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(Photo courtesy of Banc de Sang i Teixits)

QUESTION: What are you going to do with my blood?

After a person donates their blood to the American Red Cross, the components of the blood that can be used in blood transfusions are separated by centrifugation. This process involves spinning the blood at a very specific speed to separate out the individual components by weight; the heavier components will be pulled towards the bottom of the container.

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I made an appointment to give blood. It’ll be my fourth attempt and hopefully first successful donation.

You can help by donating, too

The Red Cross is always in need for more blood donors.
Maybe your blood won’t be going to someone in Boston, but it will be saving a life.

scinerds:

Thanks to Stanford University’s aptly named Clarity, scientists are now able to scan the brain for unobstructed views of neurons and their connections. In this scan, aided by a green fluorescent protein, one is able to see the axonal and dendritic branches of neurons within the hippocampus.

scinerds:

Thanks to Stanford University’s aptly named Clarity, scientists are now able to scan the brain for unobstructed views of neurons and their connections. In this scan, aided by a green fluorescent protein, one is able to see the axonal and dendritic branches of neurons within the hippocampus.

astrotastic:

ops, you got us!

I’m sold, sorry, guys, about all of my previous posts about evolution. I now deny that it could have ever happened. Why are we teaching these lies in school? Creationism all the way!!
watch the video though, it’ll either make you laugh or vomit

astrotastic:

ops, you got us!

I’m sold, sorry, guys, about all of my previous posts about evolution. I now deny that it could have ever happened. Why are we teaching these lies in school? Creationism all the way!!

watch the video though, it’ll either make you laugh or vomit

I would like to introduce you to your vocal folds, which are more commonly known as your vocal chords. Seen here, starting at a low pitch and raising to a high pitch.
As labeled by Gray’s Anatomy: 
You can also see these vocal chords in action, as they sing the first few measures of the Star Spangled Banner!

I would like to introduce you to your vocal folds, which are more commonly known as your vocal chords. Seen here, starting at a low pitch and raising to a high pitch.

As labeled by Gray’s Anatomy:
image 

You can also see these vocal chords in action, as they sing the first few measures of the Star Spangled Banner!

withoutchemicals:


From Liara, the model shown above, as shot by Julian Holtom:


As an artist my aim is to portray beauty in its imperfect form that can evoke new meaning to the beholder’s eyes. My work is dedicated to the Burn survivor community around the world; not only to represent all other burn survivors but to encourage and inspire greater self esteem. To prove scars are not something to be ashamed of but they can become one’s identity, they should never obscure a person’s perception of themselves nor hinder them from living life to the full. It is possible to overcome the emotional turmoil that comes with scars and that is our aim. There are organisations in support of burn survivors; such as the Katie Piper foundation,  Phoenix Burns Society , Burn Victim Survivors group on Facebook and Burn survivors through the world whom I represent for example.


I think she is absolutely breathtaking

withoutchemicals:

From Liara, the model shown above, as shot by Julian Holtom:

As an artist my aim is to portray beauty in its imperfect form that can evoke new meaning to the beholder’s eyes. My work is dedicated to the Burn survivor community around the world; not only to represent all other burn survivors but to encourage and inspire greater self esteem. To prove scars are not something to be ashamed of but they can become one’s identity, they should never obscure a person’s perception of themselves nor hinder them from living life to the full. It is possible to overcome the emotional turmoil that comes with scars and that is our aim. There are organisations in support of burn survivors; such as the Katie Piper foundation, Phoenix Burns Society , Burn Victim Survivors group on Facebook and Burn survivors through the world whom I represent for example.

I think she is absolutely breathtaking

Brains as Clear as Jello for Scientists to Explore

Scientists at Stanford University reported on Wednesday that they have made a whole mouse brain, and part of a human brain, transparent so that networks of neurons that receive and send information can be highlighted in stunning color and viewed in all their three-dimensional complexity without slicing up the organ.
Even more important, experts say, is that unlike earlier methods for making the tissue of brains and other organs transparent, the new process, called Clarity by its inventors, preserves the biochemistry of the brain so well that researchers can test it over and over again with chemicals that highlight specific structures and provide clues to past activity. The researchers say this process may help uncover the physical underpinnings of devastating mental disorders like schizophrenia, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and others.

The image above shows a mouse brain was made transparent through this process and later dyed.
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Brains as Clear as Jello for Scientists to Explore

Scientists at Stanford University reported on Wednesday that they have made a whole mouse brain, and part of a human brain, transparent so that networks of neurons that receive and send information can be highlighted in stunning color and viewed in all their three-dimensional complexity without slicing up the organ.

Even more important, experts say, is that unlike earlier methods for making the tissue of brains and other organs transparent, the new process, called Clarity by its inventors, preserves the biochemistry of the brain so well that researchers can test it over and over again with chemicals that highlight specific structures and provide clues to past activity. The researchers say this process may help uncover the physical underpinnings of devastating mental disorders like schizophrenia, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and others.

The image above shows a mouse brain was made transparent through this process and later dyed.

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compendium-of-beasts:


Die Entwickelung des Hühner-eies. (the development of a chicken) (1886-1887) 
via NYPL

compendium-of-beasts:

Die Entwickelung des Hühner-eies. (the development of a chicken) (1886-1887)

via NYPL