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breakingnews:

Authorities identify men who traveled on stolen passports
NBC News: Malaysian authorities have identified a 19-year-old Iranian male who traveled on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight on a stolen passport, but he is not believed to be linked to any terrorist organization. Authorities have released photos of the Iranian man and another unidentified male, both of whom traveled on stolen European passports to board the missing airline.
Follow every detail on this story as it emerges on BreakingNews.com 
 Photo: A Malaysian police official displays photographs of two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports. Police identified the man at left as the Iranian teenager (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP - Getty Images)
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breakingnews:

Authorities identify men who traveled on stolen passports

NBC News: Malaysian authorities have identified a 19-year-old Iranian male who traveled on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight on a stolen passport, but he is not believed to be linked to any terrorist organization.

Authorities have released photos of the Iranian man and another unidentified male, both of whom traveled on stolen European passports to board the missing airline.

Follow every detail on this story as it emerges on BreakingNews.com

Photo: A Malaysian police official displays photographs of two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports. Police identified the man at left as the Iranian teenager (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP - Getty Images)
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Kerry to visit Ukraine; threatens Russian with sanctions

breakingnews:

Washington Post: The Obama administration called Russia’s advances in Ukraine “a brazen act of aggression” Sunday and threatened sanctions but skirted questions about whether the United States might use force to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The State Department announced Sunday that…

f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

Ilya Kisaradov Aka Ezorenier Takes Gorgeous Surreal Photography

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Russian photographer Ilya Kisaradov’s subjects are primarily women, who are out in the open with nature. In her photographs, the image of the birdcage appears a few times, possibly symbolizing imprisonment. The confinement of her subjects juxtaposed against the backdrop of the openness of nature illustrates the dichotomy between humans and nature and how we continuously imprison ourselves by getting further and further away from nature. Though regardless of what message one may take away from Ilya Kisaradov photographs, their stunning quality and surreal imagery are electrifying and compels the viewer to gaze intently. She is both expressive and contemplative.

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breakingnews:

Flight attendant critically injured by turbulence
NBC News: A flight attendant on a United Airlines flight has been critically injured by severe turbulence on a flight from Denver to Billings, Mont., several others were injured
Photo: A United plane at the Billings Loan International Airport in Montana after it made an emergency landing (Caleb Van)
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breakingnews:

Flight attendant critically injured by turbulence

NBC News: A flight attendant on a United Airlines flight has been critically injured by severe turbulence on a flight from Denver to Billings, Mont., several others were injured

Photo: A United plane at the Billings Loan International Airport in Montana after it made an emergency landing (Caleb Van)

Behind the Medic: Hey that would make a good Christmas song if sung with a lisp...

  • Colleague: So what was Mr. Mohlar's excuse for not going to the dentist's office about his rotten teeth ~THIS~ time?
  • Cranquis: Oh same as the last two visits -- 'his car still isn't working', and he needs more Percocet for the pain.
  • Colleague: Maybe we should all pitch in for a taxi ride.
  • Cranquis: Well the woman who always drives him over here was in the exam room today, so I told her that 'All he wants for Christmas is your car's front seat... for a ride to the dentist.'
  • Colleague: Haha! Did they get the pun?
  • Cranquis: Not a chance -- just a pair of gap-toothed blank stares.
breakingnews:

Jimmy Fallon uses humility, humor and U2 In ‘Tonight Show’ debut
Variety: Dance steps with Will Smith. A concert with U2 under a blood-red sky. Tributes from Robert DeNiro, Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Mike Tyson. Not bad for a first day on the job.Rather than brag about the entire affair, Jimmy Fallon, clad in two-buttoned gray suit and black tie, approached his initial turn as host of NBC’s venerable “Tonight” show with humility during a taping on early Monday evening.
He talked to the audience as if many hadn’t watched him during his slightly less than five-year tenure on “Late Night.” He pointed out his parents sitting in the studio audience.
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breakingnews:

Jimmy Fallon uses humility, humor and U2 In ‘Tonight Show’ debut

Variety: Dance steps with Will Smith. A concert with U2 under a blood-red sky. Tributes from Robert DeNiro, Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Mike Tyson. Not bad for a first day on the job.

Rather than brag about the entire affair, Jimmy Fallon, clad in two-buttoned gray suit and black tie, approached his initial turn as host of NBC’s venerable “Tonight” show with humility during a taping on early Monday evening.

He talked to the audience as if many hadn’t watched him during his slightly less than five-year tenure on “Late Night.” He pointed out his parents sitting in the studio audience.

brooklynmutt:

With Bob Costas still sidelined by an eye infection, Meredith Vieira will make history on Friday by becoming the first woman to ever anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage solo. - TODAY.com
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brooklynmutt:

With Bob Costas still sidelined by an eye infection, Meredith Vieira will make history on Friday by becoming the first woman to ever anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage solo. - TODAY.com

generalelectric:

Happy Valentine’s Day! This image of a heart was sequenced by a Revolution* CT scanner, which can take a complete 3-D scan of a heart in one beat.
Since this is a real medical device, here’s the fine print: * 510(k) pending at FDA. Not available for sale in the United States. Not yet CE marked. Not available for sale in all regions. Trademark of the General Electric Company.
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generalelectric:

Happy Valentine’s Day! This image of a heart was sequenced by a Revolution* CT scanner, which can take a complete 3-D scan of a heart in one beat.

Since this is a real medical device, here’s the fine print: * 510(k) pending at FDA. Not available for sale in the United States. Not yet CE marked. Not available for sale in all regions. Trademark of the General Electric Company.

neurosciencestuff:

Scientists discover a new pathway for fear deep within the brain
Fear is primal. In the wild, it serves as a protective mechanism, allowing animals to avoid predators or other perceived threats. For humans, fear is much more complex. A normal amount keeps us safe from danger. But in extreme cases, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), too much fear can prevent people from living healthy, productive lives. Researchers are actively working to understand how the brain translates fear into action. Today, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announce the discovery of a new neural circuit in the brain that directly links the site of fear memory with an area of the brainstem that controls behavior.
How does the brain convert an emotion into a behavioral response? For years, researchers have known that fear memories are learned and stored in a small structure in the brain known as the amygdala. Any disturbing event activates neurons in the lateral and then central portions of the amygdala. The signals are then communicated internally, passing from one group of neurons to the next. From there, they reach neurons in the brainstem, the action center for fear responses.
Last year, CSHL Associate Professor Bo Li and his colleagues were able to use new genetic techniques to determine the precise neurons in the central amygdala that control fear memory. His current research exploits new methods to understand how the central amygdala communicates fear memories to the areas of the brain that are responsible for action.
In work published today in The Journal of Neuroscience, Li and his team identify a group of long-range neurons that extend from the central amygdala. These neurons project to an area of the brainstem, known as the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG), that controls the fear response.
Li and his colleagues explored how these long-range neurons participate in fear conditioning. They trained animals to associate a particular sound with a shock, conditioning the animals to fear the sound. In these animals, the activity of the long-range projection neurons in the central amygdala became enhanced.
“This study not only establishes a novel pathway for fear learning, but also identifies neurons that actively participate in fear conditioning,” says Li. “This new pathway can mediate the effect of the central amygdala directly, rather than signaling through other neurons, as traditionally thought.”
The next step for these researchers is to apply this knowledge to models of PTSD. “We are working to find out how these circuits behave in anxiety disorders, so that we can hopefully learn to control fear in diseases such as PTSD,” says Li.

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neurosciencestuff:

Scientists discover a new pathway for fear deep within the brain

Fear is primal. In the wild, it serves as a protective mechanism, allowing animals to avoid predators or other perceived threats. For humans, fear is much more complex. A normal amount keeps us safe from danger. But in extreme cases, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), too much fear can prevent people from living healthy, productive lives. Researchers are actively working to understand how the brain translates fear into action. Today, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announce the discovery of a new neural circuit in the brain that directly links the site of fear memory with an area of the brainstem that controls behavior.

How does the brain convert an emotion into a behavioral response? For years, researchers have known that fear memories are learned and stored in a small structure in the brain known as the amygdala. Any disturbing event activates neurons in the lateral and then central portions of the amygdala. The signals are then communicated internally, passing from one group of neurons to the next. From there, they reach neurons in the brainstem, the action center for fear responses.

Last year, CSHL Associate Professor Bo Li and his colleagues were able to use new genetic techniques to determine the precise neurons in the central amygdala that control fear memory. His current research exploits new methods to understand how the central amygdala communicates fear memories to the areas of the brain that are responsible for action.

In work published today in The Journal of Neuroscience, Li and his team identify a group of long-range neurons that extend from the central amygdala. These neurons project to an area of the brainstem, known as the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG), that controls the fear response.

Li and his colleagues explored how these long-range neurons participate in fear conditioning. They trained animals to associate a particular sound with a shock, conditioning the animals to fear the sound. In these animals, the activity of the long-range projection neurons in the central amygdala became enhanced.

“This study not only establishes a novel pathway for fear learning, but also identifies neurons that actively participate in fear conditioning,” says Li. “This new pathway can mediate the effect of the central amygdala directly, rather than signaling through other neurons, as traditionally thought.”

The next step for these researchers is to apply this knowledge to models of PTSD. “We are working to find out how these circuits behave in anxiety disorders, so that we can hopefully learn to control fear in diseases such as PTSD,” says Li.

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flavorpill:

Will Ferrell has formed a female-driven production company. Way to diversify the film industry Ron Will!
Will Ferrell Is Setting a Good Example: Links You Need to See

flavorpill:

Will Ferrell has formed a female-driven production company. Way to diversify the film industry Ron Will!

Will Ferrell Is Setting a Good Example: Links You Need to See

cmj:

PYPY’s Pagan Day has “fresh energy through every tune.” Read our full review here.
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cmj:

PYPY’s Pagan Day has “fresh energy through every tune.” Read our full review here.

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