A beautifully done animation on how you became you.
See the full video here as I left out some really cool parts.
From 300 or so million down to ONE.
YOU. MADE. IT.
Let’s think about this for a moment. The US population is roughly 330 million human beings. For the purposes of demonstration, take almost the ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE US and put them on the west coast, packed as tightly as possible. You’re just chillin, somewhere south of Pasadena let’s say, trying to get free, sweating and hungry with a desire you’ve never experienced before. You know you’re going to die though you think you’ll be the one to make it.
Then like the ULTIMATE hunger games of GENETIC WIN you traverse across the country desperately trying to get to the goal with absolute disregard for the other 299 million people. Your mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, everyone you’ve ever known dies. You somehow get to the end. Where you bust through a gated base only to be sealed in and combined with another human to make a brand NEW human.
300,000,000 and you’re the only survivor. And your prize is to essentially die and reconstitute into a new being.
Another type of tube, horizontal tunnel of light…
“I am attracted to things that are capable of transcending their own banality and materiality to become something else, something more. I like the way that videotape is simultaneously delicate and durable, since it’s meant to last. Videotape is made to present the world in color, but it appears purely black. It’s supposed to be this safe container of the past, but it is destined to vanish like a dinosaur, to become obsolete, pushed away by new technologies. It’s a familiar mass-produced commodity, but it can be surprisingly sensual and can look almost alive if set in motion. It can be seen as a solid, thick, black line, but it can also disappear right in front of your eyes if it’s turned on its side”
Zilvinas Kempinas /TUBE / Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009.
Shirley: Visions of Reality / 2013 / dir. Gustav Deutsch
Inspired by the art of American painter Edward Hopper
We do not create music; we only create the conditions in which she can appear.
There goes the neighborhood
The human body contains 10 times more microbial cells than human cells, though the total combined weight of the latter is estimated to range from a mere 7 ounces and three pounds. (No blaming those extra pounds on unwanted bacteria.)
In fact, most of the microbes that make up you are very much wanted. They do good work or at least take up space and prevent nasty bugs from doing bad work. The vast majority of these beneficial microbes reside in your gut. Think intestinal tract homes.
They make your gut a busy and crowded place – and a good place as long as all of the neighbors get along. Throw in a few bad residents, however, and things can become quite unsettled, perhaps even diseased.
A new paper in the journal Cell, Host and Microbe by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and elsewhere makes that point. The scientists looked at the numbers and varieties of microbes living in the digestive tracts of healthy people and in people with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that afflicts more than 1 million Americans.
They found that the intestines of Crohn’s patients had fewer microbial numbers and less diversity. Of the various bacteria in residence, a greater proportion of species were associated with increased inflammation.
The findings could eventually prompt doctors to rethink how Crohn’s disease is treated. Some patients are prescribed antibiotics which, it may turn out, are killing as many or more good intestinal bacteria as bad, knocking the neighborhood’s microbial mix out of whack.
Photo: Scanning electron micrograph of intestinal bacteria, false colored. Image courtesy of Martin Oggerli
A new study in animals shows that using a compound to block the body’s immune response greatly reduces disability after a stroke.
The study by scientists from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health also showed that particular immune cells – CD4+ T-cells produce a…