IMPOSSIBLE FIGURES, GRIEF≠DEPRESSION, MATH+CHILDREN, REVERSE ENGINEERING, NUMBER HYGIENE, SPACEWALK & SPACE MUSIC.
When we admire the artwork of M.C. Escher, or we see some impossibile figure like the Pensore triange, how does the brain processe impossible objects?
"The DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group has proposed eliminating in DSM-5 the major depression criterion E, “bereavement exclusion” (BE), which recognizes that depressive symptoms are sometimes normal in recently bereaved individuals.”
The failing in recognizing the difference between a proportionate response to a devastating emotional event and a mental illness carry the risk to make a caricature of psychiatry. Psychiatrists must think better.
"Children as young as three to five years of age have the potential to learn mathematics that is surprisingly complex and sophisticated”, and, more impressive, infants by two months understand that unsupported objects will fall, and that hidden objects still exist and by five months of age they expect non-cohesive substances like water and sand to pour. This suggests that babies born with a basic understanding of how things in their environment operate.
Ray Kurzweil is convinced that ”[…] by 2020 we’ll have computers that are powerful enough to simulate the human brain […] By 2029 […] we will have completed the reverse engineering of the human brain.”
Mh. I’m not sure.
The Royal Statistical Society proposes 12 rules of “number hygiene” for journalists to at least achieve a basic understanding of numbers, statistics, graphs and so on (all of which are far too loved by journalists).
"An EVA is probably the most physically demanding task an astronaut can undertake."How astronauts learn to “spacewalk”.
"Musics in space is something very important for the moral of the crew and for the psychological support of the crew."
"We like to feel independent and free of the brain systems that regulate the mating habits and regimens of animals, but the fact is that we’re not"
Love is in the air? Well, scientists debate the role of pheromones in sexual attraction, so maybe it is really…
What is more clear is that at least a dozen brain regions work together to make you feel love.
But romance is not just for the young, a new research shows that people over the age of 60 represent the fastest-growing demographic of online daters, and that older women don’t want to waste time:
Tom Whyntie, a researcher at Imperial College London, took data from one of the earliest collisions at the LHC and added simulated data that followed the path of a heart-shaped equation, then used the result as a Valentine’s card for his girlfriend. It worked, now they are married.
But, according to some fMRI studies, love is like an addictive drug that stimulate the same as opioids and cocaine, so, take it with moderation.
From Esa With Love: a romantic animation of heart shaped things as seen from space.
Malaria parasite goes bananas before sex, literally, it changes into a banana shape before sexual reproduction.
The male of Paratrechalea ornata, a south-American species of spider, uses "gift" wrapped in silk as a ”nuptial gift” to encourages the female to accept him as mate.
But talking about humans, did you know that falling in love makes you broody? Yes, especially if you are a man. When one fall in love shows greater activation of brain areas related to parental attachment when they see a baby compared to single people. Be careful.
Anyway guys, I must tell you:
"To date, there is no compelling evidence any online dating matching algorithm actually works.”
Ah, another thing:
I just don’t find interesting to follow a tumblr that reblogs the same posts I saw 2 months ago (or 6 months, or a year).
This is the “originality problem”. To follow the nth tumblr and see the same things I saw hundreds of times is frustrating. It’s one of the reasons I follow very few science tumblrs.
The “depth problem” is that along with great pictures or links to interesting articles I would love to find a bit of a commentary (I like him for this reason). This is an aspect I’d really like to improve on scipsy, and trust me, I enjoy much more to write something of my own (like this) than to post a beautiful picture of a galaxy.
Obviously I don’t expect from all those who post science on tumblr to become science writers, but sometimes I enjoy more to look at what random people commented reblogging something I posted than to search in the science tag, because I like to know what people think, not just what people like.