The Weight of Thought

jollygreenstoner:

My daily learning…..no words

Government: We want to keep pregnancy rates in young girls down!
Government: *Has terrible sex education for young girls*
Government: *Charges lots of money for birth control*
Government: *Charges lots of money for pregnancy tests*
Government: *Charges lots of money for plan b pills*
Government: *Is against abortion*
bpod-mrc:

22 July 2014
Retinal Restoration
There’s currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a group of inherited eye diseases that impair the retina’s ability to respond to light, resulting in gradual loss of vision. But now, researchers have used stem cells to develop a promising experimental treatment. First they reprogrammed skin cells from RP patients into stem cells to make patient-specific retinal cells for closer inspection. They found that mutations in a gene called MFRP disrupt the production of actin (red), a protein that provides scaffolding for retinal cells. When this structure doesn’t form properly (left), retinal cells don’t work very well. But when the team used a virus to smuggle in a working copy of MFRP, the structure was restored (right). And in mice with an RP-like condition, the treatment slowly improved vision. It’s early days yet but these results show how patient-specific stem cells can kick start the development of tailor-made therapies.
Written by Daniel Cossins
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Image by Stephen Tsang and colleaguesColumbia University Medical Center, USAOriginally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 4.0)Research published in Molecular Therapy, July 2014
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bpod-mrc:

22 July 2014

Retinal Restoration

There’s currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a group of inherited eye diseases that impair the retina’s ability to respond to light, resulting in gradual loss of vision. But now, researchers have used stem cells to develop a promising experimental treatment. First they reprogrammed skin cells from RP patients into stem cells to make patient-specific retinal cells for closer inspection. They found that mutations in a gene called MFRP disrupt the production of actin (red), a protein that provides scaffolding for retinal cells. When this structure doesn’t form properly (left), retinal cells don’t work very well. But when the team used a virus to smuggle in a working copy of MFRP, the structure was restored (right). And in mice with an RP-like condition, the treatment slowly improved vision. It’s early days yet but these results show how patient-specific stem cells can kick start the development of tailor-made therapies.

Written by Daniel Cossins

Image by Stephen Tsang and colleagues
Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Originally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 4.0)
Research published in Molecular Therapy, July 2014

You can also follow BPoD on Twitter and Facebook

themorningnews:

If it all plays out as expected and budgeted, astronomers of the 2020s will be swimming in petabytes of data streaming from space and the ground. Herewith a report card on the future of big-time stargazing.
More Eyes on the Skies

themorningnews:

If it all plays out as expected and budgeted, astronomers of the 2020s will be swimming in petabytes of data streaming from space and the ground. Herewith a report card on the future of big-time stargazing.

More Eyes on the Skies

centralparknyc:

A new report (detailed here) from Columbia University details how climate change may effect Central Park. The report says rising temperatures will be hard on our trees—especially the young and old—and on the organisms (both animal and vegetal) that live in our man made bodies of water, and it may make caring for our famous lawns ever more challenging.
But, there is an upside. Central Park is actually a useful tool in mitigating the effects of climate change. As long as we, the Central Park Conservancy, continue to support the Park’s biodiversity and keep our ecosystem healthy (a task we are deeply committed to), then the Park will continue to “increase its resilience to climate change, and make it a suitable habitat for more plants and animals.”
(via Studying climate change in Central Park | New York)

centralparknyc:

A new report (detailed here) from Columbia University details how climate change may effect Central Park. The report says rising temperatures will be hard on our trees—especially the young and old—and on the organisms (both animal and vegetal) that live in our man made bodies of water, and it may make caring for our famous lawns ever more challenging.

But, there is an upside. Central Park is actually a useful tool in mitigating the effects of climate change. As long as we, the Central Park Conservancy, continue to support the Park’s biodiversity and keep our ecosystem healthy (a task we are deeply committed to), then the Park will continue to “increase its resilience to climate change, and make it a suitable habitat for more plants and animals.”

(via Studying climate change in Central Park | New York)

amnhnyc:

Happy birthday to Vera Rubin! The pioneering astronomer turns 86 today. 

Learn about her career and contribution to the discovery of dark matter in this profile, and in our Dark Matter explainer video

daughterofargus:

#israel #Palestine #war crimes #bombs

daughterofargus:

#israel #Palestine #war crimes #bombs

starfire828:

cutiespookybooty:

japaneesee:

THIS IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE DON’T FEED THESE TREATS TO YOUR DOGS
My mom bought these recently and they have made both of my dogs really sick. She later saw an article online about duck and sweet potato treats made in China(these fit the description) killing dogs and the FDA is doing nothing about it. Apparently over the last few years 600 young, healthy dogs have died after eating these treats and I don’t want anymore to suffer or be killed so please spread the word and don’t let your dogs have these!

This is VERY important! A lot of these animal treats made in China are killing dogs and cats. It’s not that the FDA isn’t doing anything about it, it’s simply that they don’t know why it’s happening.
They are conducting investigation after investigation, but the ingredients used in the food killing dogs (and 10 cats) is used in many different brands and companies that have been shipped, all from overseas. At this rate, a total recall and knowledge of where it’s coming from has proven very difficult. Just recalling one brand in particular will not solve the problem. Please conduct a thorough search about any brand of treats that have been made in China should you pick them up for your pet before you feed it to them. If all else fails, just buy local.
EDIT: Here is a list of food that has been recalled (so far) with more information 
Please PLEASE be aware that this isn’t only happening to dogs, but some cat treats, too!

This may save lives!!

starfire828:

cutiespookybooty:

japaneesee:

THIS IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE DON’T FEED THESE TREATS TO YOUR DOGS

My mom bought these recently and they have made both of my dogs really sick. She later saw an article online about duck and sweet potato treats made in China(these fit the description) killing dogs and the FDA is doing nothing about it. Apparently over the last few years 600 young, healthy dogs have died after eating these treats and I don’t want anymore to suffer or be killed so please spread the word and don’t let your dogs have these!

This is VERY important! A lot of these animal treats made in China are killing dogs and cats. It’s not that the FDA isn’t doing anything about it, it’s simply that they don’t know why it’s happening.

They are conducting investigation after investigation, but the ingredients used in the food killing dogs (and 10 cats) is used in many different brands and companies that have been shipped, all from overseas. At this rate, a total recall and knowledge of where it’s coming from has proven very difficult. Just recalling one brand in particular will not solve the problem. Please conduct a thorough search about any brand of treats that have been made in China should you pick them up for your pet before you feed it to them. If all else fails, just buy local.

EDIT: Here is a list of food that has been recalled (so far) with more information

Please PLEASE be aware that this isn’t only happening to dogs, but some cat treats, too!

This may save lives!!

invisiblelad:

perpetual reblogging

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.