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Trying a different technique by removing background color...

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My name is John Sykes from a little town in a little state in the US.  My Theravada practice has taken me off the cushion with a group called Interfaith Power and Light, which seeks to address the causes and effects of global warming.  Lately, we have been working to help low-income people lower their utility usage and costs through energy efficiency and behavioral change.  We also hit the streets of advocacy to help others become more aware of the urgency of this challenge.

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Lets have a holiday so that everyone can vote - it is time.

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Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier by New Technique

Full article at http://goo.gl/mXJw3e.

Bio-X scientists have improved on their original technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise.

The research is in Nature Protocols. (full open access)

Research: “Advanced CLARITY for rapid and high-resolution imaging of intact tissues” by Raju Tomer, Li Ye, Brian Hsueh and Karl Deisseroth in Nature Protocols. doi:10.1038/nprot.2014.123 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2014.123)

Image: A three-dimensional rendering of clarified brain imaged from below. Credit Deisseroth lab.

#neuroimaging   #neuroscience   #brainmapping  
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Social Circuit
We are in social media age, therefore, it is important to understand human social behaviors. Scientists are now using tools to configure social neurons in our brain. Understanding the circuitry and connection of social neurons in correlation of human behaviors will significantly increase our understanding of human social circles.
#socialmedia #humanbehavior #neurons
Researchers tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit
http://ow.ly/ygmU6 http://ow.ly/ygs9m

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"As the scientists report in a new study in the journal NeuroImage, the brains of expert writers appeared to work differently, even before they set pen to paper. During brainstorming, the novice writers activated their visual centers. By contrast, the brains of expert writers showed more activity in regions involved in speech."

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The holy month of Saka Dawa will begin on Thursday, May 29. The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over — by as much as one hundred million times — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
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