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Owen Phillips
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Got my new bike! wooo :) I headed out to the Appia Antica and had a great spring ride yesterday. 
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nice +Sander Timmer, how's the transition going? It will be rough going in parts if you have thin tires on your fixie, but you can always walk it past the really tough spots. Such a great ride.  
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I have a new paper that was just published: Take a look :) The image is just to get your attention. Details below. 

The Corticospinal Tract in Huntington's Disease
http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/04/03/cercor.bhu065.abstract

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Huntington's disease (HD) is characterized by progressive motor impairment. Therefore, the connectivity of the corticospinal tract (CST), which is the main white matter (WM) pathway that conducts motor impulses from the primary motor cortex to the spinal cord, merits particular attention. WM abnormalities have already been shown in presymptomatic (Pre-HD) and symptomatic HD subjects using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In the present study, we examined CST microstructure using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)-based tractography in 30-direction DTI data collected from 100 subjects: Pre-HD subjects (n = 25), HD patients (n = 25) and control subjects (n = 50), and T2*-weighted (iron sensitive) imaging. Results show decreased fractional anisotropy (FA) and increased axial (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD) in the bilateral CST of HD patients. Pre-HD subjects had elevated iron in the left CST, regionally localized between the brainstem and thalamus. CAG repeat length in conjunction with age, as well as motor (UHDRS) assessment were correlated with CST FA, AD, and RD both in Pre-HD and HD. In the presymptomatic phase, increased iron in the inferior portion supports the “dying back” hypothesis that axonal damage advances in a retrograde fashion. Furthermore, early iron alteration may cause a high level of toxicity, which may contribute to further damage.

Below is a new image of the  corticospinal tract that I just made using +David Shattuck's Brainsuite (http://brainsuite.org/) and some of my own tools. 
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thanks +BJ Bolender! much appreciated :)
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"Services built using it keep data on their servers encrypted at all times and only ever decrypt it on a person’s computer."

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/525651/new-approach-could-stop-websites-from-leaking-or-stealing-your-data/
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I differ with this article in that any encryption can eventually be broken when data resides on a single server with a single provider for any period of time. A better way would be to use torrent-like storage in combination with encryption. That's where files are both encrypted and chopped up across multiple, unrelated servers, possibly across different providers and the assembly file, or "torrent", locally secured by the owner, also encrypted. (Performance issues would need to be addressed and it should be used in conjunction with a data destruction policy, within legal compliance.) This type of approach is a distant cousin of the way Coke keeps its formula secret - by sourcing components of the recipe from different providers. But generally, the NSA is not the biggest threat to companies unless they're doing something shady. The real threat is nefarious hackers taking advantage of insecurities, dinner of which ironically created by NSA back doors...
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Snapshots during the past couple days
A little fish from my favourite market, my pizza for lunch today, an open field, and Piazza Venezia at night.
A little fish from my favourite market, my pizza for lunch today, an open field, and Piazza Venezia at night.
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nice, here we also eat zucchini flowers  in quesadillas and other dishes
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"The pin was presented to the recipient of the SFI St Patrick's Day Science Medal in Washington DC on March 13th at The Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists by Professor Michael Morris, AMBER Principal Investigator."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-world-smallest-shamrock-scientists.html#jCp
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SPRING! Finally, some glorious sun! :) 

I saw this guy relaxing in a perfect spot and quickly snapped a shot. 
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thanks +Lawrence Duffy, I used photoshop and some of my own little edits. 
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Playing around and making some new brain images. 
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If you're in Rome, pick up a copy of the newspaper - cause I'm in there ;) 
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Gaelic Football in Rome:  We took a few team photos around the city on Saturday for an Irish TV show. Lots of fun. 

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"Installing the technology on drones creates a powerful threat because drones are mobile and often out of sight for pedestrians, enabling them to follow people undetected."

http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/20/technology/security/drone-phone/index.html?iid=HP_LN&hpt=hp_c5
Hackers have installed snooping technology on a drone that enable it to steal passwords, credit card information and more while flying high in the sky.
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    Neuroscience, 2012 - present
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    Neuroscience, present
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