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Scientific Discoveries…(25/9/14)!

It’s the most interesting time of the week again! Time to round up some of the week’s most fascinating news stories. From brain cells to chimps, it’s been another science filled week!

1.) Discovery of a new brain cell shape!

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Pyramidenzelle cells have recently been discovered by scientists, in the brain. Unusually, in this new type of cell, the axon arises from one of the dendrites, directly. This is very unusual for a neuronal cell. The cell can propagate small stimuli and activate neuronal zones efficiently. Further research is being made into the biological processes affected by these cells.

Reference: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/scientists-discover-strange-new-brain-cell-shape

2.) Exo-Neptune contains water in it’s atmosphere.

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Exo-Neptune are Neptune sized planets that exists outside of our solar system, and water vapour has been detected in it’s atmosphere. Hydrogen, oxygen, and some heavier elements were also found on HAT-P-11b. This is the first exo-Neptune to have it’s atmospherical composition discovered.

Reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26264-water-found-in-atmosphere-of-exoneptune.html#.VCP_w_ldXco

3.) Chimps which have been raised by humans, could have problems in later life.

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Long term removement from other chimps and caring for by humans, has even longer term negative effects on the chimps. Less contact with other chimps, in the study, meant less grooming and less normal sexual activity. More detail can be found in the article below!

Reference: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/chimps-raised-among-humans-may-have-problems-adults

That’s my round-up for the week, make sure to be here next week for my brief round-up of the week’s science-y stuff! 

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Feminism Tuesday… #HeForShe

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The video above has been making it’s rounds on social media over the past couple of days, and rightly so, as it sends out a positive message and redefines feminism for anyone who thought it was for ‘man-haters’.

http://www.heforshe.org/

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It also shows that men need to be involved too, as this is a inequality issue, not just for one sex or race, but for everyone in this world. It implores men of all backgrounds to sign up to ‘take action’, and add their names to an ever-growing list, to show that men support feminism too.

”It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

She shows in this statement, that both genders should be seen together, and not as two separate entities. They should be treated equally, and also show the world that gender is not binary, and that there are many ways people view gender, such as identifying as trans.

”Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.”

Contrary to popular belief, feminism also focuses on men’s rights, and what affects them. She urges them to join the movement, so that they don’t have to feel like they have to be stereotypically masculine, or that they can’t show emotion.

‘Both men and women should feel free to feel sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”

In the same vein as the previous quote, she tells us to embrace our feelings regardless of our gender stereotypes. In the same way, girls should be allowed to be girly, and boys should be allowed to be manly. You should be able to be who you want to be.

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The point of the speech is that everyone should be involved for the fight for equality, and that we need everyone’s support to make this change. What a totally empowering speech, and I am so pleased that someone is finally making a stand against people who give feminism a bad name.

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Cuteness Monday…Penguins!

Happy Monday everyone! I like Mondays now as I’m off for the day from uni. However, I know a lot of you dread Mondays now because of work and long days! So, to help you get through it, I compiled a few pictures of penguins, because they’re absolutely adorable and sure to put a smile on your face!

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Emperor Penguin chick  Aptenodytes forsteri October 2006

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Hope that perked up your Monday morning/afternoon a little more and motivates you to get stuff done! Have a great day guys!

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Cuteness Monday…Snakes Wearing Hats!

I loved this trend when it first emerged and had it’s own Tumblr, it shows that snakes can actually be cute too! I’m going to apologise in advance now for any days I don’t blog as I’m starting to get quite busy here at uni, and life gets in the way! I will try as hard as I can to blog as much as I can!

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Aren’t they adorable?! A little motivation for your Monday morning! Have a great week everybody!!

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TV I’m Binge Watching this Month

Happy Saturday guys! How are you enjoying your weekend? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been binge watching your favourite TV shows. Did you hear about Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix?! Exciting! Anyway, here’s my top three shows I’m marathoning this month.

1.) Extant

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A whole host of conspiracy theories are thrown about after Molly Woods comes back pregnant after a 13 month solo mission into space. She desperately tries to investigate the ISEA after she comes into contact with another astronaut who experienced a similar thing on his solo mission. But the main question you should ask yourself before watching this is whether the baby is human or not. It’s brilliant with loads of twists and turns and not knowing who’s on what side.

2.) Arrow

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After an accident at sea that killed his millionaire father, Oliver Queen is stranded for 5 years on a deserted island. When he is finally rescued however, he becomes a masked vigilante for the city, and has acquired new skills, and even some superhero capabilities. His alter ego begins to appear on the news, as he goes around righting the wrongs from his father’s black book.

3.) Helix

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A team of scientists are thrust into the Arctic to investigate a potential disease outbreak, but what they find there is creepier and far more serious than they thought. It’s the most horror inducing tv series I’ve seen for a good while, and I love it! Creepy scenes juxtaposed with happy, cheesy music…just my type of show!

So that’s it for today, I just want to apologise for the lack of posts this week but I’ve just moved back to university and it’s gotten crazy! I haven’t really watched any new films at the cinema really so I thought I would guide you through my TV schedule. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Cuteness Monday…Chinchillas!

So, it’s that dreaded time of the week again, and I know this post is a lot later than usual, but I thought it would still give you the much needed motivation to get through the rest of the working week! And, I chose the perpetually cute Chinchillas to set your week off right!

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Well I guess you all feel a little bit like this guy on a Monday morning…

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Anyway guys, I hope you all have an amazing week and this has really made me want a chinchilla now…oops!

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3 Horror Novels to Read this Autumn!

To carry on the horror theme of my topics this weekend, I thought I’d make a list of the best horror books to read to scare yourself silly this coming autumn! So, after some thorough research, here are my picks:

1.) Let The Right One In - John Lindqvist.

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A classically updated vampire novel, which follows the curiosity of a little boy on his new neighbours next door. The book oozes creepiness, and not in a cliched way. It fully entails what it’s like to be human, and not human at the same time. If you like creepy, you can get more than your fair share from this book.

2.) NOS4A2 – Joe Hill.

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A totally suspenseful novel, about supernatural disappearances and hidden children. It tells us about memories of a troubled past that beg to be forgotten, and how people’s lives eventually intertwine again. It tells of magic, and how love can come from the darkest places. Creepy and sweet.

3.) Coraline - Neil Gaiman.

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Childish yet intensely eerie, this book encompasses the phrase ”the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”. It shows the foolishness of curiosity and shows claustrophobia in a different sense of the word (trapped in a different world). The protagonist grows up along her journey and begins to appreciate what she already has in life. 

I know that that is only a short list, but as I’m not a horror novel reader myself, I thought I’d have a brief look at what’s on offer out there. And, to be honest I think I’ll be trying a few out!