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On the plus side: Thanks to +Irina T., I have found a book review of several books about owls. I have always loved owls for their grace and silence, and for the beautiful efficiency of their hunt – not the overt power of an eagle or falcon, but something far more focused on overwhelming force by complete surprise.

On the minus side: It appears that, to this day, nobody has written an overview of the Strigiformes and titled it A Companion to Owls. Ornithologists, you are letting me down.

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MRI of the Fetal Brain

Advancements in MRI are giving us an unprecedented look at the fetal brain.

Until approximately a decade ago, what researchers knew about the developing prenatal brain came primarily from analyzing the brains of aborted or miscarried fetuses. But studying postmortem brains can be confounding because scientists can’t definitively pinpoint whether the injuries to the brain occurred before or during birth.

Over the years, however, improvements to MRI are finally enabling researchers to study the developing brain in real time. With these advancements, researchers are just beginning to understand how normal brains develop, and how abnormalities can manifest over the course of development.
Scientists cataloguing typical infant brain development with the mini-MRI hope to use it eventually to study the brains of premature babies, who have a high risk of brain damage.
Ultimately, clinicians hope to intervene early with therapies, if available and approved, to prevent developmental disorders when there are signs of brain damage in utero or shortly after birth.

► Source "Brains over Baklava">> http://studyingbrains.tumblr.com/post/158557240974/mri-of-the-fetal-brain-advancements-in-mri-are

► Read "Womb zoom: What advances in fetal and newborn imaging have revealed" in Nature Medicine>> http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v23/n3/full/nm0317-270.html

► The previously mentioned article shared in My Library>> http://go.nature.com/2q6iQ9U


#Neuroscience, #MRI, #MagneticResonance, #Imaging, #Neonatal, #Fetus, #Science, #Biology, #Gif, #Brain, #FetalBrain

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Another large-scale cyberattack underway: experts

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week's assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday. The new attack targets the same vulnerabilities the WannaCry ransomware worm exploited but, rather than freeze files, uses the hundreds of thousands of computers believed to have been infected to mine virtual currency. Following the detection of the WannaCry attack on Friday, "researchers at Proofpoint discovered a new attack linked to WannaCry called Adylkuzz," said Nicolas Godier, a researcher at the computer security firm. "It uses the hacking tools recently disclosed by the NSA and which have since been fixed by Microsoft in a more stealthy manner and for a different purpose," he said. Instead of completely disabling an infected computer by encrypting data and seeking a ransom payment, Adylkuzz uses the machines it infects to "mine" in a background task a virtual currency, Monero, and transfer the money created to the authors of the virus.

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O_O Super cool!

Via +Laura Gibbs 

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