Scientists at University College London studied thirteen newborn babies. The researchers found that when the babies hiccuped, there was a surge of neural activity. They speculate that hiccuping teaches babies how to regulate their own breathing. CNN reports:
Scientists found that contractions in the babies' diaphragms produced three brainwaves, and believe that through the third brainwave babies may be able to link the 'hic' sound of the hiccup to the physical contraction they feel.
Kimberley Whitehead, the study's lead author, told CNN: "The muscle contraction of a hiccup is quite big -- it's good for the developing brain because it suddenly gives a big boost of input, which helps the brain cells to all link together for representing that particular body part."
Whitehead thinks that hiccuping adults are just engaging in an old reflex that is no longer useful. It's a holdover from infancy.
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Harry Potter pumpkin is a part of a hospital pumpkin decorating contest in Brampton, Ontario.
In this replica of Suramar, the magical city of the Nightborne encountered in Legion, you'll find the distinctive purple-hued buildings of the city, complete with magical flowers, runes, and luxurious accessories.
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The historical figure of Johann Georg Faust was a 16th Century German occultist. The legendary Faust was a character written about in plays in stories since that time. This fictional Faust sold his soul to Satan for dark powers. His wickedness is contrasted with that of the lady Margareta, a woman of humility and holiness, whom Faust covets. Faust is encouraged down his dark path by the demon Mephistopheles.
This inspired a now-unknown 18th Century sculptor to carve a single log of sycamore wood into a sculpture that, when viewed from one side shows Mephistopheles and, from the other, shows Margareta. It is on display at the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, India. You can see more photos of this remarkable piece at My Modern Met.
Photo: Salar Jung Museum
I can appreciate Simon Fearnhamm's morbid sense of humor. This piece is titled "Full Throttle." Although it's only one of two items currently on sale in his Etsy shop, pictures of some of his other works are visible on Saatchi Art.
As it is priced at over $24,000, convincing my wife to acquire this table for our home will be a hard sell. If I don't ask her first, then I'll be the skeleton on the left side of the photo.
Julius Pringle, the Pringles mascot, steps to life gracefully from the can which contained his potato chips. This is one of many sculptures by Japanese artist Harukiru. Food packages, absent the contents, are the base materials for his sculptures of humans, machines, musical instruments, and more. In Harukiru's hands, a box of Oreo cookies can become a fighter jet and a box of whisky can be a knight in full plate armor.
30 of his works are currently on display at a museum in Tokyo. This compilation video shows many of those works.
Lauren Hissrich não quer colocar todas as energias apenas no primeiro ano da série
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With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Charlie and I had been reading about the Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong -- and I cannot recommend the book "I am Neil Armstrong" highly enough. Charlie (age 5) is the lunar module itself, and her little sister Ellie (age 2) is an astronaut. Charlie enters the costume by crawling underneath and there is a pair of shoulder straps that she uses to lift the entire costume. The costume looks heavier than it is -- it's almost entirely made of foam and foamboard. The front hatch magnetically closes and magnetically stays open, and doubles as a candy sample input port. The ascent stage (top part) separates from the descent stage (bottom part with landing pads) as you'll see below.You know, it's slowly starting to dawn on me that I never stood a chance of winning any Halloween costume contests this year. I dunno, maybe it was always just-- "Your delusions of grandeur?" Well I was going to say poor costume choice and execution, but way to make a cardboard hotdog feel good about himself. Keep going for the video, full Imgur album of the build HERE.
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Quem é fã de cinema com certeza tem gravado na memória algumas cenas inesquecíveis de alguns filmes famosos.
O ilustrador coreano Bup Koo com certeza é uma dessas pessoas.
Com um estilo próprio, o artista cria belas ilustrações que retratam cenas bem conhecidas de alguns filmes.
Batman: O Cavaleiro das Trevas
Edward Mãos de Tesoura
Forrest Gump: O Contador de Histórias
Guardiões da Galáxia
It: A Coisa
La La Land: Cantando Estações
Homem-Aranha: De Volta ao Lar
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MIT engineers were able to develop how the cornstarch-water mixture, a non-Newtonian fluid, can behave like a solid or liquid, depending on how fast it’s deformed. The mixture acts as a liquid when it’s swirled slowly. But it can behave as a rubbery solid, forming a glue-like string when deformed quickly.
It’s a phenomenon many preschoolers know well: When you mix cornstarch and water, weird things happen. Swish it gently in a bowl, and the mixture sloshes around like a liquid. Squeeze it, and it starts to feel like paste. Roll it between your hands, and it solidifies into a rubbery ball. Try to hold that ball in the palm of your hand, and it will dribble away as a liquid.
Most of us who have played with this stuff know it as “oobleck,” named after a sticky green goo in Dr. Seuss’ “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” Scientists, on the other hand, refer to cornstarch and water as a “non-Newtonian fluid” — a material that appears thicker or thinner depending on how it is physically manipulated.
Using the mathematical model, MIT engineers were able to accurately simulated how oobleck turns from a liquid to a solid and back again, under different conditions.
“As long as you squish slowly, the grains will repel, keeping a layer of fluid between them, and just slide past each other, like a fluid,” Kamrin says. “But if you do anything too fast, you’ll overcome that little repulsion, the particles will touch, there will be friction, and it’ll act as a solid.”
Here’s a video of how the cornstarch-water mixture behaves when applied with various forces.
Image Credit: A. Baumgarten, K. Kamrin, and J. Bales
This Girl Followed Bob Ross’s Tutorial Video And Painted Using MS Paint. The Result Was A Masterpiece
When Bob Ross said, “you can do anything you want to do. This is your world,” he wasn’t joking. A Tumblr user named mochachild just proved that what Bob Ross said was true when she used the legendary boredom-killing program to paint.
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Por que não existe esse no Brasil? Tão perdendo dinheiro!!!
Russian miners found a rare Matryoshka diamond that may be over 800 million-years-old. The rare “double diamond” resembles a traditional Russian Matryoshka doll, with the stone composed of a diamond within a diamond. The stone was mined at Nyurba mining and processing division of ALROSA in Yakutia and scientists and experts claimed the discovery as the first “diamond within a diamond” unearthed in the history of global diamond mining, as Geek.com detailed:
Yakutsk Diamond Trade Enterprise found this mysterious diamond during a sorting process and they turned it in to the Research and Development Geological Enterprise of ALROSA, where it was studied with several methods, including X-ray microtomography, Raman, and infrared spectroscopies. Scientists hypothesized that there was an internal diamond at first and the external one developed during the stages of growth.
“The most interesting thing for us was to find out how the air space between the inner and outer diamonds was formed. We have two main hypotheses. According to the first version, a mantle mineral captured a diamond during its growth, and later it was dissolved in the Earth’s surface,” said Oleg Kovalchuk, deputy director for innovations at ALROSA’s Research and Development Geological Enterprise. “According to the second version, a layer of porous polycrystalline diamond substance was formed inside the diamond because of ultra-fast growth, and more aggressive mantle processes subsequently dissolved it. Due to the presence of the dissolved zone, one diamond began to move freely inside another on the principle of [the] Matryoshka nesting doll.”
image credit: Research and Development Geological Enterprise of ALROSA via Geek.com