Creative Minds: Meet a Theoretical Neuroscientist

Originally posted on NIH Director's Blog:
Sean Escola Most neuroscientists make their discoveries in a traditional laboratory or clinical setting. Sean Escola, a theoretical neuroscientist at Columbia University in New York, just needs a powerful computer and, judging from his photo, a good whiteboard. Using data that he and his colleagues have recorded from…

IMPRESIONES NATURALES

Una exposición de Flor Coronado Por Alejandro Francisco-Cruz   Pocas veces pensamos en la naturaleza como el punto de intersección entre la ciencia y el arte, ambas toman de lo natural su fundamento y vierten en ella resultados para resistir finalmente la prueba del tiempo. Formalmente la ciencia queda grabada en las bibliotecas y el…

ProMED: An Early Warning System for Emerging Diseases

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
The fast and effective communication of reliable information is vital during outbreaks such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Combating infectious disease is one of the Trust’s five focus areas, which is why we are pleased to award five-years of funding to ensure ProMED emails from the International…

The Ubari lakes

Originally posted on e MORFES:
The Ubari Lakes are a group of about 20 lakes, set amidst magnificent sand dunes and palm fringed oases in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. The lakes were once one big lake but climate change caused the region, a part of Sahara, to gradually dry up between 3,000 to…

Sharing Research Data to Improve Public Health

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
An international workshop recently held in Stellenbosch, South Africa explored the opportunities and challenges for enabling greater access to (and use of) data generated by public health and epidemiological research in Africa. David Carr, Policy Adviser at the Wellcome Trust, describes some of the key themes that emerged from…

LA CIENCIA HACE LA DIFERENCIA.

Originally posted on EL PATÓLOGO INQUIETO:
Es preciso darnos cuenta que las enfermedades han sido acompañantes ineludibles de los seres humanos desde sus orígenes, son un tipo de acontecimientos inherentes a la vida humana cuya característica, a diferencia de otros tipos, es que provocan sufrimientos, limitaciones e inconvenientes diversos. Esto significa que pretender entenderlas…

POWER, SEX AND SUICIDE

“POWER, SEX AND SUICIDE” Nick Lane. Mitochondria and the meaning of life.Oxforf University Press. New York, NY, USA. By: Bruno Alejandro Aguilar López The mitochondrion is an organelle of eukaryotic cells of bacterial origin (perhaps from an a-proteobacteria). An endosymbiotic association between this bacteria and a nucleated cell originated millions years ago. The main function…

1944

THE YEAR THAT ESTABLISHED THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL SITUATION OF THE WORLD FOR THE REST OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND REDIRECTED IMMUNOLOGY   Luis Antonio Jiménez Zamudio, Francisco Javier Sánchez-García Departamento de Inmunología Escuela Nacional de CienciasBiológicas InstitutoPolitécnicoNacional Carpio y Plan de Ayala, Col. Santo Tomás, C.P.. 11340. México D.F., México. Of course, in 1944 worldwide…

Potential therapeutic role of antimicrobial peptides

Potential therapeutic role of antimicrobial peptides Violeta Castro Leyva, MSc  Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas. In the fighting against microbial infections that nowadays and persistently affect the human being, the hell is empty, all devils are here (resistant microorganisms). However, they can be destroyed one by one with different natural defenses (antimicrobial…

¿Qué es la física?

¿Qué es la física?  ¿Qué es la física?-pregúntame indiscreto un joven, cuyo espíritu barrunta qué podré contestar a esa pregunta a los catorce versos de un soneto. ¿En los catorce versos? ¡Por San Cleto! ¿Cómo encerrar allí la marabunta de los temas que el físico arrejunta si no caben en grueso mamotreto? ¿En los catorce…

How Toledo represents last influenza pandemic

“I have somehow always related to the pig, so I chose to work with H1N1 as a theme, an influenza virus that had its first outbreaks in my native Mexico.” Original idea by http://artofsavingalife.com/artists/francisco-toledo/

Curious Creatures Collages by Beetle Blossom

Originally posted on e MORFES:
Katie McCann, a collage artist based in Berkeley, California, uses carefully selected collage to construct intricate and absurd, figures, animals and tableaux. Artist Statement “I have known such a creature” (Charles Altamont Doyle) is how I start my collages. As a child, I lived in a wonder world of faeries,…

Image of the Week: Illuminated mouse neuron

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
This stunning image shows a mouse neuron, illuminated by a beam of light. The image comes from Dr Michael Hausser’s lab at UCL, which investigates neural computation and circuitry at the level of the cell in mammalian brains. This image illustrates a new “all-optical” method described in a paper published recently in…