1. supersonicart:

    Kimika Hara.

    Hand stitched and delightfully colored “illustrations” by Japanese artist Kimika Hara:

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  2. "By becoming a different me, I could free myself of everything. I seriously believed I could escape myself – as long as I made the effort. But I always hit a dead end. No matter where I go, I still end up me. What’s missing never changes. The scenery may change, but I’m still the same old incomplete person. The same missing elements torture me with a hunger that I can never satisfy. I think that lack itself is as close as I’ll come to defining myself."
    — Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun  (via wordsnquotes)

    (via wordsnquotes)

  3. boredingpass:

    Hanging with the boys, Angkor Wat, Cambodia // boredingpass.com

  5. breathtakingdestinations:

    Loarre - Spain (von gatogrunge)

  6. martinekenblog:

    Hasan Kale is an incredible artist from Turkey and his tiny artworks have caught my eyes immediately! That’s impressive!

    More here →

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  7. Brazil
    Tokyo, Japan


    Night, when words fade and things come alive.
    When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
    When man reassembles his fragmentary self and
    grows with the calm of a tree.
    - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   

    (via globalpost)

  8. neurosciencenews:

    New Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord and Move Paralyzed Limbs

    Read the full article New Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord and Move Paralyzed Limbs at NeuroscienceNews.com.

    For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.

    Image: Researchers hope the technology may one day help patients affected by various brain and spinal cord injuries such as strokes and traumatic brain injury. Credit Ohio State University.


  9. "But what I wanted to say is this: After the period of melancholy is over you will be stronger than before, you will recover your health, & you will find the scenery round you so beautiful that you will want nothing but paint."
    — Vincent van Gogh (via wordsnquotes)

    (via wordsnquotes)

  10. breathtakingdestinations:

    Apollo Bay - Marengo - Victoria - Australia (von ccdoh1)

  11. neuromorphogenesis:

    What Happens If You Apply Electricity to the Brain of a Corpse?

    Some habits die hard. Like humans zapping their brains. We did this back in Ancient Greece, when medics used electric fish to treat headaches and other ailments. Today we’re still at it, as neuroscientists apply electric currents to people’s brains to boost their mental function, treat depression, or give them lucid dreams.

    Subjecting the brain to external electricity has an influence on mental function because our neurons communicate with each other using electricity and chemicals. This has become relatively common knowledge today, but only two centuries ago scientists were still quite baffled by the mystery of nerve communication.

    Issac Newton and others suggested that our nerves communicate with each other, and with the muscles, via vibrations. Another suggestion of the time was that the nerves emit some kind of fluid. Most opaque, and still popular, was the idea – first mooted in ancient times – that the brain and nerves are filled with mysterious “animal spirits”.

    “Animal electricity”

    During the eighteenth century our understanding of electricity was growing apace, and the use of electricity to treat a range of physical and mental ailments, known as electrotherapy, was incredibly popular. But still it wasn’t obvious to scientists at the time that the human nervous system produces its own electric charge, and that the nerves communicate using electricity.

    Among the first scientists to make this proposal was the Italian physician Luigi Galvani (1737-1798). Most of Galvani’s experiments were with frogs’ legs and nerves, and he was able to show that lightning or man-made electrical machines could cause the frogs’ muscles to twitch. He subsequently came up with the idea of “animal electricity” – that animals, humans included, have their own intrinsic electricity.

    “I believe it has been sufficiently well established that there is present in animals an electricity which we are wont to designate with the general term ‘animal’ “ he wrote. “It is seen most clearly in the muscles and nerves.”

    Neuroscience’s macabre past

    However, to Galvani’s frustration, he failed to show that zapping the brain had an effect on the facial or peripheral muscles. Here, he was helped in dramatic, macabre fashion by his nephew Giovanni Aldini (1762-1834).

    In 1802, Aldini zapped the brain of a decapitated criminal by placing a metal wire into each ear and then flicking the switch on the attached rudimentary battery. “I initially observed strong contractions in all the muscles of the face, which were contorted so irregularly that they imitated the most hideous grimaces,” he wrote in his notes. “The action of the eylids was particularly marked, though less striking in the human head than in that of the ox.”

    During this era, there was fierce scientific debate about the role of electricity in human and animal nervous systems. Galvani’s influential rival, Alessandro Volta, for one, did not believe in the notion that animals produce their own electricity. In this context, the rival camps engaged in public relations exercises to promote their own views. This played to Aldini’s strengths. Something of a showman, he took his macabre experiments on tour. In 1803, he performed a sensational public demonstration at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, using the dead body of Thomas Forster, a murderer recently executed by hanging at Newgate. Aldini inserted conducting rods into the deceased man’s mouth, ear, and anus.

    One member of the large audience later observed: “On the first application of the process to the face, the jaw of the deceased criminal began to quiver, the adjoining muscles were horribly contorted, and one eye was actually opened. In the subsequent part of the process, the right hand was raised and clenched, and the legs and thighs were set in motion. It appeared to the uninformed part of the bystanders as if the wretched man was on the eve of being restored to life.”

    Although Frankenstein author Mary Shelley was only five when this widely reported demonstration was performed, it’s obvious that she was inspired by contemporary scientific debates about electricity and the human body. Indeed, publication of her novel coincided with another dramatic public demonstration performed in 1818 in Glasgow by Andrew Ure, in which application of electric current to a corpse appeared to cause it to resume heavy breathing, and even to point its fingers at the audience.

    Death is a process

    If a body is dead, how come its nerves are still responsive to external electric charge? In 1818, one popular but mistaken suggestion was that electricity is the life force, and that the application of electricity to the dead could literally bring them back to life. Indeed, so disturbed were many members of the audience at Ure’s demonstration that they had to leave the building. One man reportedly fainted. Modern scientific understanding of the way nerves communicate undermines such supernatural interpretations, but you can imagine that witnessing such a spectacle as performed by Ure or Aldini would even today be extremely unnerving (excuse the pun). A pithy explanation of why electricity appears to animate a dead body comes courtesy of Frances Ashcroft’s wonderful book The Spark of Life:

    “The cells of the body do not die when an animal (or person) breathes its last breath, which is why it is possible to transplant organs from one individual to another, and why blood transfusions work,” she writes. “Unless it is blown to smithereens, the death of a multicellular organism is rarely an instantaneous event, but instead a gradual closing down, an extinction by stages. Nerve and muscle cells continue to retain their hold on life for some time after the individual is dead and thus can be ‘animated’ by application of electricity.”

    The grisly experiments of Aldini and Ure seem distasteful by today’s standards, but they were historically important, stimulating the imagination of novelists and scientists alike.

  12. bluepueblo:

    Dusk, Venice, Italy

    photo via lagam

    Gotta go back someday.

    (via illusionwanderer)


  13. Why You DON’T “Fucking Love Science”


    So you think you love science, do you?  

    What does that mean to you, exactly?  

    For most people, I’m guessing it means something like this:


    Or perhaps something like this:


    That’s not what science is, though.

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  14. Jeremy Passion & Tori Kelly - Brokenhearted (Brandy feat. Wanya Morris)

  15. jennysuk:

    STAY (rih-make) // JENI