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Who’s the dumbass that just clipped a parked car? Yes, I left a note with contact info. #SoStupid

Who’s the dumbass that just clipped a parked car? Yes, I left a note with contact info. #SoStupid

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Just made this batch of almonds glazed with honey and madras curry and they are fucking brilliant.

Just made this batch of almonds glazed with honey and madras curry and they are fucking brilliant.

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skunkbear:

As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:

Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.

But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.

This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.

says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!

You can access the full video of their 3D model here.

Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli

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Just finished building this (aside from wrapping the bars). Shame it’s not mine!

Just finished building this (aside from wrapping the bars). Shame it’s not mine!