brain museum

anonymous asked:

wondertrev + angst for the prompt :)

(I wish we had—)

She sees him first in the museum: a masked figure, in the midst of a heist alongside some of LexCorp’s goons, the same figure who just days before had taken out one of Bruce’s contacts in STAR Labs. Of course she moves to stop him, and makes quick work of his fellows, throws the shield at him to knock him out.

He catches it, and stares at her with lifeless blue eyes. She pities this man, whoever he is, half-feral and muzzled like an attack dog, but she shoves it aside when he tries to attack her with her own shield.

They trade blows, she knocks away knives and pistols and kicks his knee out from under him, but he gives barely a shout, and it’s a fight to get the lasso around him, get the mask off of him—

And then it slips away, clatters to the marble-tiled floor of the museum.

(—more time.)


(I love you.)

“Who the hell is Steve?” he snarls.


The Brain Scoop
Wolves can be… Coy

Wolves and humans have a prehistoric relationship - and it’s complicated, to say the least. Between the 1600s and the mid 1960s, nearly every wolf in the lower 48 states was completely wiped out; the eradication of wolves was largely encouraged by government-issued bounties and extermination programs, carried out by farmers and ranchers who saw wolves as threats to their livestock and families.

But after the gray wolf received protection by the Endangered Species Act in1974 and populations started once again spreading across the United States, a funny thing began happening. The wolves - unable to find and therefore breed with other wolves due to scarcity of individuals - ended up breeding with coyotes instead.

And now, there exists a huge amount of confusion about some of these populations; wolves and coyotes are hybridizing at a rate faster than can be detected through scientific studies or can be managed by wildlife conservation laws and programs. How much DNA of an endangered species does an organism need to have before we consider it endangered itself? How can we enforce laws and regulations to manage - or restrict management - of population growth? 

We spent four months working on this video and it’s the most comprehensive episode we’ve ever made for The Brain Scoop. We even got the grossometer back in there. I hope you like it- and please do share! 

How to succeed in heartbreak without really trying.
First, do nothing.
Become one with your couch eating
whole stacks of Oreos like leaning towers of feelings.
Watch Jane Austen’s adaptations until your eyes become raisins. Relish in Colin Firth emerging from the lake in a white shirt.
If you must do something, drink, but keep it classy.
Put your cheap wine in a glass, you aren’t a pirate.
Talk to yourself.
Talk to yourself in the mirror, on public transportation,
in the middle of the fountain at the mall.
Because there are things you never got to say
and you don’t have to swallow them.
Join Tinder, make your profile picture a model and talk to no one.
Just keep swiping until you got carpal tunnel,
that way you can reject 50 people a minute
and it feels like killing ants with abs.
Kiss as many people as you need
to get the stamp of his lips off of your brain.
Go to museums, realize other things have history too.
Play hide and go seek with your REM cycle.
We’re are not sure which worse to wake up from:
the nightmares about your sides are splitting open
or the dreams about him holding your jaw
like it meant something to him.
You might as well tape your eyelids to your forehead
because at least you could lie to yourself while you’re awake.
Stay up until 3, 3:30, 4. Brew tea with the bags under your eyes.
Write. Write until you lose every metaphor in your library 
you start using the same one over and over, because
there’s only so many ways to describe being destroyed.
But once you get there,
that’s just the foundation.
Next, gather up all of the chinks in your chain,
fasten them together.
Make chainmail and write that bitch into battle.
Take his name, the one that’s still hurts to say and use it as a warcry. Then actually cry,
because there is nothing shameful about clearing your eyes.
Do not pick yourself up.
Do not be okay, because
heartbreak is not being okay, 
it’s about remembering you were okay before.
It’s about saying “Fuck okay!”.
It’s about taking all of your broken pieces
and building yourself a castle, because I don’t care who you are.
You’re a goddamn queen.
It’s about saying “Fuck this poem!”.
No one succeeds at heartbreak.
I built myself a throne room out of pizza boxes and empty lunch bowls. And I can’t stop crying into my Campbell’s chicken noodle soup.
But one day I cry myself a fountain of youth.  
Let’s go back to beginning.
I’m tired of self-help tips and friendly pick me ups.
I drink a bottles, bottles and bottles,
pretending their mouths belong to someone else.
But I’m done feeling sorry for myself,because
why apologize for loving until you burst?
My capacity to feel needs no pardon.
My heart needs no mending.
I am not broken.
I’m just a little more…explosive!
—  How to Succeed in Heartbreak, Victoria Morgan



Here’s a happy video for you. <3 we filmed it toward the end of last year but wanted to wait and publish as we get back into the swing of things – our regularly scheduled content is coming back! 


ehmeegee thebrainscoop I opened my college newspaper today and freaked out when I saw that you are in it!! Bill Nye just did a lecture at my small college, Elmhurst College, and the article recommends The Brain Scoop, MinutePhysics, and Veritasium as things to watch if you’re a Bill Nye fan! I’ve never been more proud of my newspaper; they really did their research!

Gross Pathology of Melanoma Tumor of the Brain

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocytes (pigmented cells). While the majority of melanocytes are in the basal layer of the epidermis, giving us our skin pigment, they also exist in the meninges, uvea (in the eyes), inner ear, bones, and colon. As most melanomas are a result of UV radiation damage of melanocytes, the skin is the most common origin of this form of cancer. However, any melanocyte can give rise to it.

While most skin cancers are survivable and detectable, melanomas originating in the skin are the most deadly, causing 75% of all deaths related to skin cancer. Their 5-year survival rate is still over 91% if treated early, however. When not treated in a timely manner, or when originating elsewhere in the body, melanomas frequently spread to the thyroid, brain, and colon.

Reeve Collection at the National Museum of Health. Date unknown.


The Brain Scoop: Fossil Myths

Today we use the fossil record to help us rebuild past worlds - but people have been referencing its physical remnants to explain the world around them for centuries. At some point cyclopes, stone snakes, and magical fairies baking loaves of bread were all explanations for the inexplicable. 

In this video, we go in search of ~*magic*~ 

Vertical Longitudinal Section - Human Head

Sagittal section taken slightly right of the median line of the body. The grey matter of the brain is tinted red, everything else is painted “natural hues”. Designed to show the relations between the head and neck structures, particularly the brain, turbinate bones, nares, mouth, and pharynx. 

From the National Museum of Health and Medicine on Flickr. Preparation created in 1886. Photograph taken in the 20th century.

I know I’ve driven this into the ground, or however that idiom goes, but like… Yusuke being really hung up over how kind Ryuji is. Look, like. When he awakens his persona think abt how everyone offers support but Ryuji’s support is probably Most Notable bc of how much it contrasts on his initial image & hostility, and Yusuke leans on that support w/o thinking (too) much about it, but when he’s out of the brain museum of his shit dad and after he processes a bit more of what it all means, he’s probably very. Ah. Ryuji is a kind person. & Yusuke builds a relationship around this central foundation of who ryuji is to him (a kind person). of course that’s not all there is to it & Yusuke doesn’t keep ppl on a pedestal (too much) (he’s more conscientious abt it after madarame I’m sure) but like. it’s a fundamental aspect of who ryuji is to Yusuke. Kind,


I’m still geeking out. My professor gave me a hug, I was geeking out so much.

All through high school, my big struggle was art or science. Spend half my time in the studio, half with my face buried in physics, astronomy, or biology textbooks.

But now I know I can do both.

I hope Emily sees this. Seeing you and Hank Green keep passions and careers working together has been really inspiring. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today.

Your Wish Is My Command ch. 4

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Ever since their talk on the roof, Will had become more solemn. He smiled, he laughed, he kissed and hugged Nico, but there was an ancient sadness in his eyes that reminded Nico just how old he was.

Finally, it became too much. Nico pulled him aside as they walked through the mall and looked him in his bright blue, shocked eyes. “Okay, what’s going on? What are you thinking? Why are you upset?”

“I never said I was-”

“I can see it. In your eyes. You’re upset but I don’t know why.” Will opened his mouth and closed it again, sighing in resignation.

“Not here,” he said. That was it.

It left Nico confused and unsettled. And it wasn’t until they were back home that Will brought it up again. Hazel was out with friends, his father was still working. They sat in his room. Will played with his hands and frowned. “Remember what you said about love?” Nico frowned. “That it was when you wanted to spend the rest of your life with someone?” Nico gulped.

Silence stretched between the two. Nico didn’t know where he was going with this. He wasn’t telling him he loved him. He wouldn’t be so upset. So what was he saying?

Suddenly, his eyes flickered up to Nico’s and he gave him a sad smile. “Nico… I don’t age.” A chill went through his body. He looked at Will, the ancient look in his eyes, and remained quiet. “I’m going to look like this forever. Even if I want to spend my life with you… I can’t.”

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Clearing and staining, or diaphonization, is a process used by vertebrate biologists when seeking to visualize a particular animal’s skeletal system. Some steps include submerging the specimen in containers of digestive enzymes to render their organs translucent, while other steps involve immersing the animal in alizarin red dye, which adheres to calcium in their bones and stains them red, and alcian blue dye, which reacts with the cartilage of their joints. The results manage to be useful for studying biomechanical function and skeletal morphology, as well as appear stunningly beautiful. 

Learn more of this process by watching our latest episode: Clearing and Staining Fishes