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thanks to +Rajini Rao  for this post.

and Happy Sunday Science!
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Daffodils and Dementia

✿ It's spring time in Maryland, and in the words of the poet Wordsworth, my heart dances with the daffodils. Through the long winter, I conjured up memories of these cheerful blooms in my mind:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

✿ But an estimated 44 million people world wide who suffer from Alzheimer's disease are robbed of their memories by a progressive dementia. As the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer's cannot be cured or prevented. One of the handful of drugs available to improve memory loss in patients is galantamine, which is extracted from the leaves and bulbs of daffodils (Narcissus) and snowdrops (Galanthus). These extracts have been in use since ancient times. In Homer's Greek epic, Odysseus is said to have used snowdrops to clear his mind bewitched by Circe. In the 1950s, a pharmacologist observed inhabitants of a remote Bulgarian village rubbing the extracts on their forehead and shortly after, the drug was approved for medical use. Galantamine increases the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in some parts of the brain, both by making the receptor more sensitive to its action and by slowing down its removal. The drug has other interesting properties: it is said to promote lucid dreaming, improve sleep quality, memory loss in brain damage, and some autistic symptoms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galantamine).  

✿ No drug has yet stopped the inexorable progress of Alzheimer's. Early intervention is key to effective treatment: in my lab, for example, we are studying endosomal pathology which is the earliest sign of problems at the cellular level (http://goo.gl/DtVUFT). Yet lack of funding stifles productive research. As Newt Gingrich points out in his recent Op-Ed for New York Times, we spend only 0.8% of the estimated 154 billion dollars of annual medical costs related to Alzheimer's disease on research to cure or prevent it

News Story: Newt Gingrich: Double the NIH Budget. April 22, 2015 http://goo.gl/Fq4PAS 

Daffodil GIF: http://headlikeanorange.tumblr.com/

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This is just great, and its nerdiness cracked me up.

Thanks to +Steve Esterly  for sharing it.
 
EGG-sterminate! Daleks, Ninja Turtles, and More Geeky Easter Egg Creations http://ow.ly/LaYjc
The first day of Spring has already arrived, which means that Easter is just around the bend! You may have always associated Easter with pastel colors and chocolate bunnies. In reality, there are lots of awesome, geeky ways you can celebrate the holiday by making some creative and unique Easter …
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Autism Awareness

Today as we Light it Up Blue, I am thinking about Phil and Karla, the kind and supportive "first responders" who were there when my husband and I felt so lost and alone after our son was diagnosed with ASD.

This post from the mighty is a wonderful read:
http://themighty.com/2015/03/when-a-little-girl-at-the-pool-realized-my-son-has-autism/
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Pay Attention

as best you can! 

I have a pretty long commute into work, and I see distracted drivers all the time. 

Stop it!!

Do your best to pay attention to the road, folks.  Eventually, it will be springtime (and then summer), so please watch out.  There are other cars, people, bikes, motorcycles, runners, kids playing, random deer wandering around (at least by me!)... 

Expect them!

with a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for posting this important public service reminder.
 
TURN OFF YOUR GOD-DAMNED PHONES WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING

That includes headsets, hands-free, whatever.  Do not smugly assume you can keep using a phone because you do it hands-free.  TURN OFF YOUR PHONES AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD, because otherwise this sort of nonsense happens:

http://happyplace.someecards.com/distracted-driving/driver-who-ran-over-three-teenagers-was-videotaping-her-son-in-the-backseat/

You are NOT better than everyone else.  Your conversations are NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOMEONE ELSE'S SAFETY.  You are NOT a better driver.  You CANNOT "handle it just fine".  It's NOT "okay this one time".  It's NOT "only for a second".

If you are engaging with your phone in any way, you are AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN.  Yes, some activities are worse than others (like this moron who was videotaping her kid in the back), but they are all increasing your risk of an accident.

http://www.distraction.gov/get-the-facts/faq.html

Smarten up, especially those of you with kids.  Does it terrify you that they'll one day be texting and driving?  Then model better behaviour FFS!  Are you sick of your teens being addicted to their phones?  Then show that you're able to put yours down when required!

I am closing comments because I do not want to hear a bunch of entitled people explain why it's so important for them to put other people's lives at risk.  Peo and I were in a Civic crushed between two SUVs because of someone who was on her phone.  I have separately been rear-ended by someone on a phone.  I don't want to hear why you're so much better than those people who thought they were driving safely as well.

If my father-in-law could pull over to take calls when he was an on-call pediatric hematologist working with very sick children, you can pull over to take your calls too.
It's time to put down the phone while driving. I'm telling myself, too. That can't help your premiums. (via KATU) This hasn't been a great week for stories about moms behind the wheel. Don't let it
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I have to admit that I would miss being able to ride my motorcycle if automatic-driving-vehicles became mandated. I also resent being told that I have to do or not do certain other things because other people can't do what I can do.

I'd be okay with only being allowed to ride on certain roads, though, as long as we get the fun, twisty ones.
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We have to do things for our kids

 It may not literally  be OUR (biological) kids, but all of the kids in our communities.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/care-peoples-kids/

I'm glad that the community I live in voted this past fall to increase property taxes to fund programs and education in the schools in our area. 

 This is an interesting read and gives us something to think about.
Since Robert Putnam's youth, America has become more racially and religiously integrated, but more segregated by class. In his new book "Our Kids," the Harvard professor -- of "Bowling Alone" fame -- argues that social immobility presents an economic problem for all Americans -- not just the poor kids.
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Does caring about them also include ignoring the fact their parents aren't within 20 feet of them at any given moment..? 
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Travel Nightmares

courtesy of +Kimberly Chapman 
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LOL!!! They have "medical clowns" that go around hospitals, making the kids happy, and kids dress up as clowns (happy ones) every year... :) 
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*I'll be there for you"

just let me check this text

Next week the teaching apprentice in my research methods class will be talking about qualitative ways to gather information to help in the treatment of cyber-addiction.  In honor of that, I'll share this nerdist Friends Rebooted for 2015:
http://nerdist.com/nerdist-presents-friends-rebooted/

with a shout out to my friend (the media research expert) +Douglas Gentile  for sharing this on another social network
♫ So no one told you life was gonna be this way... ♫ It's been a full month since Netflix released all ten seasons of Friends, which means we've had plenty of time to rewatch the series from start to finish. And though we've had a blast reliving Ross' failed marriages, the uber-90s fashion, and Joey's passionate love affair with pizza, we can't help but wonder, what would the show be like if it were set in 2015? Classic episodes like "The One Wit...
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Do You Get What I am Saying

Many of my friends and I have the same (unfortunately) quirky sense of humor that is sometimes challenging for other people to "get," so I completely understand where this article is coming from :-)
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/mixed-signals-why-people-misunderstand-each-other/391053/

an interesting read from The Atlantic
The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions
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.. And disclaimers. 
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Pay Attention

Yes.  Again.  Still.  There's loveliness to notice.

with a shout out to +Kim Sinclair  for sharing this
 
Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

Brilliant wordless picture book which really illustrates how many adults have lost the ability to notice the world around them since they are so caught up in technology and their busy lives. 
A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness. "How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives," Annie Dil
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Every day there are wonders to be seen, for those who look.
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*Now Here's an Idea... *

Do you want to get in touch with your inner child?

With a shout out to +Bearman Cartoons  for this nottheonion - esque post
 
Obviously your mom didn't baby you enough as a child

So now you can go to Adult Preschool
At Preschool Mastermind, an adult preschool in New York City, grownups take part in a variety of childish activities, in order to get in touch with their inner child.
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+Steve Esterly -- both exciting times full of new adventures :-)
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Beware the Ides of March

The film Mean Girls is an excellent choice when discussing peer relationships and relational aggression.  I loved showing bits of it when I taught Adolescent Development to college psychology majors.

+Piera Coppola 's post reminded me once again of just how delightful this film is.  Please enjoy a  _mean girls_ ' explanation of a scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
 
The Ides of March according to "Mean Girls"...

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It was very well-done.  Obviously, it can be enjoyed and understood as a film designed for either parents or teens/ young adults.  On another level, it can be used for teaching purposes (for me, it provided great examples of girls bullying one another, body image, peer relationships, relational aggression, etc., and middle school teachers could also use it to talk about bullying peers.)
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XKCD Terry Pratchette Tribute

As always, the mouse over says it all:  http://xkcd.com/1498/
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