Transplanted Interneurons Can Help Reduce Fear: Mouse Study

The expression “once bitten, twice shy” is an illustration of how a bad experience can induce fear and caution. How to effectively reduce the memory of aversive events is a fundamental question in neuroscience. Scientists in China are reporting that by transplanting mouse embryonic interneurons into the brains of mice and combining that procedure with training to lessen fear, they can help to reduce the fear response.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)


“Who gives a fuck about your first love. Give a big round of applause for your second love, because they taught you love still exists after you thought it never could again.”                            

“Secrets are delicate things. They can fill you up with sweetness and leave you like a cat who has found a particularly fat sparrow to eat and did not get clawed or bitten even once while she was about it. But they can also get stuck inside you, and very slowly boil up your bones for their bitter soup.

Then the secret has you, not the other way around”

-Catherynne M. Valente

Okay, but following Obi-Wan’s apparent return from the dead after the Crisis on Naboo arc, I like to believe that younglings and padawans across the Temple were just like, “Yeah, death had a near-Obi-Wan Kenobi experience,” and then rolled with it.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t cheat death. He wins fair and square.”

“General Grievous checks his closet every night for Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

“Obi-Wan Kenobi once played Corellian roulette with a fully-loaded sniper rifle and won.”

“Obi-Wan Kenobi was once bitten by a acklay and after five days of excruciating pain, the acklay died.”

Then somehow the clones heard about it and it went downhill from there.


Movies to watch starting tomorrow, October 1st.

Also these that I don’t have in my collection:

  • Trick or Treat (1986)
  • Lady in White (1988)
  • Jack O (1995)
  • WNUF Halloween Special (2013)

And a few I haven’t seen before:

  • Boo (2005)
  • Hack O Lantern (1988)
  • Halloween Night (2006)
  • Halloweenight (2009)
  • House of Fears (2007)
  • The Midnight Hour (1985)
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976)
  • The Pumpkin Karver (2006)
  • Trick or Treats (1982)
  • Once Bitten (1985)
  • The Basement (1989)
  • Cemetery of Terror (1985)

And to round off each night, a few episodes of:

  • Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
  • Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
  • The Munsters (1964–1966)
  • The Addams Family (1964–1966)

Various Tv Shows → PSD #152-159
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When a friend joins one of many fandoms
  • Friend: I just started this fandom.
  • Me: I'm so sorry.
  • Friend: ????
  • Me: Here's some tissues and blankets. You have my number for any character deaths and emotional scenes, right?
  • Friend: I've only seen the first 3 episodes. You don't have to be so dramatic.
  • Me: I'm sorry but it's too late for you.
  • Friend: ...You're scaring me.
  • Me: Shhhh. We'll get through this.
Once Bitten | BlackFrost RP | TheWidowNatasha | Closed

Loki gazed around the darkly lit dance club. It was like a smorgasbord for the more than a thousand year old vampire. His dark green eyes scanning through the myriad of humans searching for the ripest one. The one that caught his eye. He didn’t just go in for the kill. He liked to play with his food. Get the most out of the moment.

As he moved towards the bar. His emerald gaze fell upon a red-haired woman in a dark green dress. Her long curls falling over her shoulders. A small smile began to form at the edges of his lips as he watched her dance.

HP AU where Voldemort’s arrogance gets the best of him

he doesn’t think a child could hurt him
but he sends Fenrir Greyback after them, just in case
he kills Lily and James and has already bitten Harry once before Sirius shows up and kills him on the spot
when Hagrid shows up Sirius tells him there’s no way in hell that those muggles will be raising his godson
especially considering how equipped Remus is to raise a werewolf
Sirius leaves on his motorcycle for his and Re’s place with Harry
and they spend the night weeping over the death of their two best friends, and Peter’s betrayal
the order uses Voldemort’s shock to their advantage and hella weaken him
everyone thinks he’s goneso Harry experiences his first moon with Padfoot curled up on one side and Mooney on the other

and he grows up learning about his parents and the war, bisexuality from Sirius and demisexuality from Remus
he settles on pansexual the summer before Hogwarts
just in time to meet a certain hot, blonde Slytherin
his dads (mostly Sirius) had “warned” him about Malfoys (Remus reminded him that he was living proof that children did not always exemplify their parents, but had told Harry to be wary anyhow)
he did NOT expect THIS
Draco introduces himself so formally that harry finds it hard not to laugh
“I think I can tell that for myself, thanks. I would like to be friends, though, if that’s what you meant.”

imagine their (especially Draco’s) disappointment when they are sorted into enemy houses
“But,” Harry thinks, “if a Malfoy and a Potter can be friends, what do our houses matter anyway? So what if he’s in Gryffindor and I’m in Slytherin?”
Harry comforts Draco when Lucius sends a howler threatening to disown Draco if Dumbledore doesn’t resort him into Slytherin
suddenly harry worries that his dads will be upset at  his placement
they aren’t. Sirius goes on about how wonderful green robes must look with Harry’s eyes
and Remus has always been for interhouse cooperation
Sirius is… less thrilled about Draco, but his fears are eased when harry brings Draco home for Christmas
and Sirius sees how they look at each other

and he just knows
that he did have a son in Gryffindor after all

↳ ward brother au: aka that other time when thomas convinced skye they’d need a certain ex-specialist’s help to complete their haphazard mission, and realized that taylor swift’s single was going to be stuck in his head for the next foreseeable future.