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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

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In two papers published today in 'Nature Neuroscience', researchers have identified the key genes involved in the evolution of intelligence and complex behaviours in humans and other mammals.
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These may look like river deltas, but are in fact reconstructions of climbing fibers, which terminate on Purkinje cells of the cerebellum. Source ref: http://goo.gl/isSrv
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say goodbye to boring, static scientific figures & hello to @figurezero- http://bit.ly/SHyOyy  - create rich, interactive presentations of scientific research. Unlike static images found in traditional publications, FigureZero is an interactive zoomable canvas on which authors can map regions of interest, create annotations, and embed citations to share with other researchers. A single FigureZero figure can contain hundreds of annotations, each unique and capable of encapsulating a variety of formats (PubMed ID, D.O.I., YouTube, and Vimeo).
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THE BRAIN AND THE MIND
The Brain and the Mind is a collaboration between the writer and broadcaster Lisa Appignanesi, and the academic and writer Lara Feigel, who is based in the English department and the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King's College London.
Lisa Appignanesi: 'As my books, both fiction and non-fiction, make plain, I have long been interested in the 'mind', its orders and disorders and how the boundaries between the two are patrolled. Alongside representations of the mind and psyche at work, I've also long been fascinated by the medical, therapeutic and scientific disciplines associated with all this. So it seemed a wonderful challenge to be able to work with colleagues in the King's English Department and the Centre for the Humanities and Health to stage a high-powered series of discussions, short films and workshops in which the subject was probed from many angles. The hope is that in these panels the various disciplines which explore mind and brain can talk to each other and share insights across the boundaries of the professional languages which sometimes divide them.'
The Centre for the Humanities and Health, directed by Brian Hurwitz, is funded by a Wellcome Strategic Award and aims to create in the UK a world leader in research in the Medical Humanities through a multi-stranded programme of research on 'The Boundaries of Illness'. It engages scholars from arts, humanities and health disciplines nationally and internationally (from Literature, Philosophy, History, the Visual Arts, Film Studies, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Medicine and Nursing) all of whom collaborate in running an MSc in the Medical Humanities. The Centre's research is focused on six interlocking strands: Illness narrative as life-writing, Concepts of health, Distress and disorder, Nursing and identity: crossing borders, Cultural and historical forces in psychiatric diagnosis, Case studies of medical portraiture. The Brain and the Mind aims to bring as many of these strands together as possible. Apart from Lara Feigel, members of the Centre who are participating in the discussions (and associated workshops) include David Papineau and Neil Vickers.

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Museum Vrolik (http://goo.gl/TnzVD), is located within the monolithic and slightly depressing Amsterdam Medical Center, but it harbors one of the most interesting collections of anatomical curiosities. The name of the museum derives from Gerard Vrolik (1775-1859) who was a professor in plant science, but also held a professorship in anatomy, physiology and neonatalogy at Atheneum Illustre (http://goo.gl/mbsDI). Vrolik had a particular interest in malformations in nature, be they in plants or animals. The large collection of formaldehyde-preserved cyclopses in the museum attests to this interest. However, there are a large number of beautiful anatomical preparations of brains as well. Lodewijk Bolk, a well-known Dutch anatomist with a keen interest in the brain contributed over three thousand items to the Vrolik collection. 
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HISTORY OF NEUROSCIENCE
FRANCIS CRICK
History of Neuroscience: Francis Crick 
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I recently came across some extremely informative online resources for learning the basics of (nuclear) magnetic resonance. The first (via Agilent's Spinsights.net blog) is an online simulator that is...
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h/t to +Mo Costandi http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.nl/2012/09/brains.html

Neuroanatomical atlas illustration plates from the 1786
'Traité d'Anatomie et de Physiologie' by Félix Vicq D'Azyr
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