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2014-05-27 23:13:00

The Notus Sports Golf Challenge at Birdwood Golf Course on June 19 will raise funds for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Proceeds will be earmarked for fitness programs to help local patients with MS improve their health and ease the progression of the disease. Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) May 27, 2014 Notus Sports and Event Management Group recently announced the first tournament in a series of charity golf tournaments it will run: the Notus Sports...

brainflight
2014-05-27 13:51:40

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you think about the future and the technologies that are right around the corner, what comes to mind? Are you excited by the prospect of one day owning a refrigerator that senses when you are out of milk and eggs and contacts the store for you? Perhaps you long for the day when your home is fully automated with security, lighting, temperature and entertainment controlled by a single central computer? Recent news out of Germany...

Controlling Fruit Fly Movements With A Mind-Altering Device
2014-05-26 11:15:03

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online A joint collaboration between the Vienna University of Technology and US researchers, has resulted in the development of a unique and novel technique to control Drosophila melangogaster, perhaps better known as the fruit fly, via thermogenetic means. The control the researchers exert is ultimately able to be analyzed at the neural level within the brains of the insects. Much of the work was conducted at the Information Management...

sight and sound in the visual cortex
2014-05-26 04:33:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While analyzing the brain processes associated with sight, researchers from the University of Glasgow have discovered that the visual cortex processes information not just from the eyes, but from the ears as well. Writing in the journal Current Biology, the study authors explain that the auditory input makes it possible for a person’s visual system to predict incoming information, thus giving them an advantage in potentially...

Fruit Flies Take Time To Think Before Making Difficult Decisions
2014-05-23 06:58:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It is common knowledge that most humans think before they act. A new study, published in the journal Science, makes the case that this cognitive ability can also be found in the fruit fly, and it seems these tiny insects take longer to make more difficult decisions, just like humans do. In the study, researchers from the University of Oxford's Centre for Circuits and Behaviour asked fruit flies to distinguish between ever closer...

jellyfish ctenophore
2014-05-23 05:16:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from a massive international team of researchers has shown that there is more than one way to “make an animal,” which could completely reshape 200 years of zoological theory. The study focused on the genomic blueprints for 10 species of comb jellies, or ctenophores, and discovered that the simple animals developed complex organs, neurons, muscles and behaviors independently from sponges, previously thought to be the...

Delivering Drugs To The Brain Via Nasal Spray
2014-05-22 03:50:53

University of Southern Denmark When the doctor gives us medicine, it is often in the shape of a pill. But when it comes to brain diseases, pills are actually an extremely ineffecient way to deliver drugs to the brain, and according to researchers from University of Southern Denmark we need to find new and more efficient ways of transporting drugs to the brain. Spraying the patient's nose could be one such way. Every time we have an infection or a headache and take a pill, we get a lot...

Internal Medical Devices Powered Via Newly Developed Wireless Chips
2014-05-20 10:06:33

[ Watch the Video: Powering Medical Chips Inside Body Without Wires Or Batteries ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pacemakers and other implanted medical devices rely on bulky battery packs to power their essential functions and eliminating the need for these battery packs would revolutionize the medical device industry. According to a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), that revolution may be upon us as engineers at...

Neural Activity Of Living Brains Captured Using Novel 3D Video
2014-05-19 15:02:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna in Austria have devised an imaging method that shows neural action throughout the minds of living creatures. This technique, the very first that can create 3D videos of complete brains with the millisecond timescale, could help professionals understand how neuronal networks absorb sensory data and produce behavior, according to a new report published in the journal Nature Methods....

Neural Networks Imitate Intelligence Of Biological Brains
2014-05-16 03:16:13

National Science Foundation For every thought or behavior, the brain erupts in a riot of activity, as thousands of cells communicate via electrical and chemical signals. Each nerve cell influences others within an intricate, interconnected neural network. And connections between brain cells change over time in response to our environment. Despite supercomputer advances, the human brain remains the most flexible, efficient information processing device in the world. Its exceptional...


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Cerebellum
2013-07-29 09:48:00

The cerebellum is a section of the brain that is most in charge of cognitive functions and motor skills. Formation and Orientation The cerebellum can be found at the bottom of the brain behind the pons and below that cerebral cortex under a layer of dura mater. It is considered as a part of the "hindbrain". The cerebellum is anatomically divided into two separate hemispheres, marked by the 'vermis', a small midline zone between the left and right hemispheres. But three lobes can be...

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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