I just watched “Into Darkness” last night and THANK GOD this is already a meme.
Einstein’s Brain (…and the neuroscientist who studied it)
Marian Diamond began her graduate work in 1948 and was the first female student in the department of anatomy at UC Berkeley. The first thing she was asked to do when she got there was sew a cover for a large magnifying machine (?!?!?!?!).
"They didn’t know what to do with me because they weren’t used to having a woman. They thought I was there to get a husband. I was there to learn."
Such challenges were not uncommon. Years later she requested tissue samples of Albert Einstein’s brain from a pathologist in Missouri. He didn’t trust her.
"He wasn’t sure that I was a scientist. This is one thing that you have to face being a woman. He didn’t think that I should be the one to be looking at Einstein’s brain."
Marian persisted for three years, calling him once every six months, and received four blocks of the physicist’s brain tissue (about the size of a sugar cube).
Her research found that Einstein had twice as many glial cells as normal males — the discovery caused an international sensation as well as scientific criticism.
What are glial cells? Previously, scientists believe that neurons were responsible for thinking and glial cells were support cells in the brain. Now Researchers believe the glial cells play a critical role in brain development, learning, memory, aging and disease.
This woman makes is so wonderful; as are her bright red fingernails holding that brain.
This lady almost got me to study CogSci in college. She is my hero. And carries that brain around in a HAT BOX. I mean COME ON.
July 13, 1935: Inside the kitchen of an apartment at Boulevard Gardens in Queens, a high-rise development where the average rent was $11 per room. This photograph, and dozens of others from the visual archives of The New York Times, appears in "A Short History of the Highrise," a four-part interactive documentary film about the 2,500-year history of vertical living that was published on Tuesday. In addition to exploring the documentary, which includes animations, games and up-close experiences with historical imagery, you may also submit a photograph representing your own experience living in or among high-rise buildings. Photo: The New York Times
reeeeeeealllly neat, you need to check this.
This was once the most common representation of female bodies. The rolls of fat and pudgy bellies existed along with thick thighs and broad hips. Some of those bodies were slim, some were chubby, some were fat, but they weren’t stretched out and smoothed out in Photoshop. They acted like bodies do, they looked real and believable. We lost that somewhere along the way, when people in the fashion business started wiping out any inconvenient fold, making us think they don’t exist and to have them is a blasphemy. Maybe it’s about time we remember they are perfectly normal and everyone has them, sometimes or all the time, no matter skinny or fat.
call me crazy but i like my people made of good lumpy flesh, not smoothed-out pixels