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With You By My Side - Eight

A/N: Closing in on the end here people. Just two more parts after this. Betaed by the wonderful @thorne93.

Characters: Jensen x Reader, Jared

Warnings: Fluff with a side of angst. 

Wordcount: 1842

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*not my Gif*

Originally posted by hunterchesters

Because Jensen had to go back to Vancouver just a week after your wedding, you didn’t get a chance to go on a honeymoon. Not that you minded, it was nice just to be able to be with each other, to enjoy each other’s company for as long as you could before he was going back to work. You had also made a deal not to talk about your cancer until you got the results back from Germany, which would happen two weeks after filming started back up. Jensen had already arranged it so he could come with you.

“I want to ask you something,” Jensen said as the two of you lay in bed, stalling for as long as possible before you had to get up. “You can say no if you want.”

“You know I can’t say no to you,” you teased. “Shoot.”

“Do you want to maybe come with me to Vancouver? I just hate the thought of being without you.”

“Of course I’ll come. I’ll start packing when I get home tonight,” you said excitedly. You had wanted to go with him, but you knew how busy he was when filming and you didn’t want to impose.

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So 3 months from now . . .

I go in for another battery of tests - an MRI, a PET scan, and a video EEG. They’re doing this to see if they can perfectly isolate the part of the brain the seizures are coming from, and then, if it’s not an important place like my language center or something, cut it out. At first I was like haha no way but then my neuro told me that if it’s successful, there’s a 75% chance that I would be seizure free. Just completely seizure free. So yeah, I’ll keep y’all posted. I kind of don’t know how to feel about it right now. 

Update: here’s my silly little video https://youtu.be/8oiepDusgV4

HEY!

Hey I’m Tom (shorter for Tommaso, but I prefer Tom), I’m almost 20 and I’m gay.

I was born and grew up in Italy, where I still live, but my mum’s australian so I was raised bilingual.

I’ve just finished my first year of college: I’m studying to become a Medical Radiology Technician i.e. the specialized nurse that makes radiographies, TAC, PET, radiotherapy, MRI and so on.

My interests are:

TV Series: I watch a lot of tv series, and even if I prefer the fantasy ones like Supernatural, Game of Thrones… I also like and enjoy other genres like Scream Queens, Glee, Riverdale, Modern Family…

Books: What is true for tv series is true even for books. If I have the choice I’ll always choose fantasy like Harry Potter (of which I’m a huge fan) and Shadowhunters, but I love books in general, so I read almost everything.

Theatre: I love theatre. I tooke acting classes for many years and I really like that whole world. 

Fashion: I don’t consider myself and expert, but I like fashion, especially Prada and Valentino. Living in Italy I was lucky enough to visit their atelier in Rome and Milan more than once.

Music: Although I prefer indie, indie pop and alternative rock music, I listen to almost everything. Some of my favourite artists are Marina and the Diamonds, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore and Lady Gaga.

Travel: I love traveling, see new things, try new food, meet new people. I’ve already been in Uk twice (London and Brighton), in France (Paris), in Germany (Munich), in Greece (Delphi, Athens, Sparta, Olympia and a lot of other places), in Norway (a little town in the north), In Czech Republic (Prague) and all around Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa, Naples…).

I’m not a party animal, I’m more the kind of guy who prefers to spend his time with some close friends drinking a nice Cosmo and talking, but I don’t run away from social events either, since they’re always an excuse to be elegant and dress nicely.
I like to think to myself as both classy and nerd: like I’d totally see myself playing Dungeons and Dragons while wearing Valentino and drinking white wine under the Eiffel Tower.

I’m looking for somebody to be friend (and only that) with, either a guy or a girl, I don’t mind at all.

If you want to talk you just have to write.
tommasocurto@yahoo.it

Love Is Not A Factor - 3 (Imagine with Harrison Wells)

Part One Part Two

The song that kept playing during pivotal moments is Viverti by Mattia Cupelli. Treat yourself and listen to it!

Originally posted by kerembey

You walked into STAR Labs slowly ringing your hands. You kept your eyes shut keeping the noise out. It was hard enough when you weren’t nervous and now you were about to be poked and prodded.

You knew they were trying to help, but when they did these things you just felt in the way, “Y/N?”

Your eyes opened and saw Caitlin standing in front of you, “Yes?”

“Are you okay?” She looked at you with concern.

“I…yes…” You nodded, “I’m I late?”

“No, you are projecting though. We heard you about five minutes ago, Dr. Wells finally asked me to come find you.” She smiled when she saw you get flustered, “It’s beautiful.” 

“Thank you…I think…I don’t have much control over it.” You told her as you walked next to her.

“So it’s based off of what you’re feeling?” You nodded, “This is good to know, it will help with the process.”

You walked into the cortex seeing Cisco and Dr. Wells at a computer. You smiled and waved as Cisco looked up at you passing by, “Good morning, Y/N, I see you bring sunshine and symphonies. Symphony…”

“Cisco…” Wells said in a warning tone.

“Sorry…it’s a defense…” Cisco looked at you apologetically.

“It’s okay, I like your nicknames.” You told him and looked at Wells, “Good morning.”

He looked at you with those blue eyes and your heart started beating quickly. The music around them seemed to swirl and swell, “Yes it is.”

“Y/N, can I have you over here?” Caitlin called fore you over to a side room, “I just want to do a check up. Vitals and such. After that we’re going to be performing few CT, MRI, and PET scans.”

“That’s a lot…” You sat down on the bed and she began to take your pulse.

“Yes, but each scan will show something a little different. We’re going to introduce different stimuli during each time to see the effect in the brain. If it’s more telepathy then just projection we’ll see it in the scans.” Caitlin marked somethings on your chart, “Your heart rate is a little elevated.”

You nodded, “I’m…uh I’m a little nervous.”

“Why?” Caitlin set everything down.

“I feel like I’m taking your valuable time.” You looked at her then over at Cisco and Wells. 

Caitlin listened carefully to the tune change, slowing down. Calm, yet strained as if it might break, “Y/N, we’re here to help you. We care about you.”

You looked back at her when Wells looked up at you, “Before all this I was just a pianist…”

“You were in a recording studio when the accident happened weren’t you.” Caitlin stood there.

“Yes, I was trying to mix symphony in with it a track I recorded. I never thought of STAR labs once, then everything changed….” You sighed looking down at your hands, “Then everyone kept asking me to turn off my music, and I started looking for answers.”

Caitlin touched your arm gently, “I cannot imagine…”

“I should be thankful.” You looked at her nodding, “At least I wasn’t exploding things or hurting anyone. Just loud, I guess.”

“How’s our patient?” Wells rolled into the office. 

“She’s good to go. I’ll set up the first test.” Caitlin smiled and walked past him.

When he stopped at the foot of the bed your eyes met with his, “I’m glad you came.”

“You make a good argument.” You told him as your hands gripped the mattress tightly.

“We were arguing?” He tilted his head a little. He liked your timidness, but he wanted to build you up. Only the strong survived in this world, “If you really don’t want to be here…”

“No, I do. I just…I’m little terrified what we might find.” You looked at him tearing up, “Sometimes it hurts so much, so I know figuring it out will help…Still what if…”

He waited a beat before moving his chair closer to you and took your hand gently, “What if what?”

“What if we start finding out more and it gets out of control?” A tear fell down your cheek.

“I won’t let that happen, I’m here to help you not make it worse.” His thumb caressed the top of your hand in a soothing motion.

“I believe you.” You sniffed wiping the tears from your cheeks, “It’s still hard to let go of that fear.”

“Y/N, once you let go of that fear the possibilities will be endless, but fear keeps us safe, grounded.” He told you letting go of your hand slowly.

“A double edged sword.” He smiled nodding.

“Dr. Wells.” You both looked over at the door at Cisco, “We’re ready to begin when you two are.”

Wells looked at you and smiled, “Are you ready to figure this out?”

You took a deep breath and stood up from the bed, “Yes…I think so.”

A few hours later you were still laying in a machine with wires attached everywhere. You were getting tired, but they seemed to be collecting a lot of data so you never said anything.

“Every stimuli we bring in gives a different reaction in the brain. Almost as if she was composing on the fly in reaction to the situation.” Cisco smiled fascinated, “Happiness, fear, sound memory…”

“All emotional connections when seeing pictures, but seeing words…just words produces nothing.” Wells nodded slowly, “But lyrics register a response. It’s looking less like telepathy and just a reaction to her environment at the time of the particle accelerators explosion.”

“But how does she project it for everyone to hear?” Caitlin sighed leaning on her arm looking at the computer screen.

Wells looked up at you laying still on the machine’s bed. Concern rushed over his features, “Y/N…”

Cisco and Caitlin looked over at you and instantly rushed over. You looked at them, “What? What’s wrong?”

“Don’t be alarmed,” Caitlin started, “You’re bleeding.”

“What?” You reached up to your face and felt a warm liquid around your nose, “Why is this happening?”

“We’re going to find out, but we need to do some more test.” She told you, “You have to try and stay calm. If you can, don’t use your gift.”

“You think it’s my gift?” You looked at them your eyes landing on Wells, “Harrison?”

He sighed, “Caitlin, Cisco, could you please leave us?”

“Dr. Wells…” Caitlin began to protest.

“I can handle it.” He smiled a little. He watched them both walk out and turned his attention on you fully, “How do you feel? Headache? Dizzy?”

“My head hurts and I feel tired, but otherwise fine.” You looked at him, “What’s going on?”

“We may have overstimulated you, pushed you a little too far.” He grabbed a pen light and rolled in front of you. He waved it in front of your eyes seeing the reaction. 

“So I take a break and I’ll be fine?” He took your temperature, then heart rate.

“Perhaps.” He put his tools down then looked at you folding his hands in his lap, “Or you’re dehydrated.”

“What?” You looked at him confused.

“Rapid heartbeat, dry skin, headache, and a fever.” Wells smiled a little, “All symptoms of dehydration. You need rest, fluids, and something to eat.”

You stared at him embarrassment rising into your cheeks, “I’m sorry…I was so nervous this morning…”

“Let’s just get you better.” He smiled taking your hand, “How’s lunch in the atrium sound?”

That same soft lulling sound flooded the room slowly. You smiled letting your fingers lace into his, “That sounds nice…Belly Burger?”

“Uh no…” His eyes lit up, “I brought something better, anticipating a break.”

“You cook?” You stood up taking off a missed wire attached to your neck.

He laughed letting his hand slide from yours to his wheel chair control, “Occasionally…when I’m trying to impress someone.”

You smiled eyes lighting up, “The impression was already made. I’m already hooked…”

“Then…I’m reeling you in further.” He smiled at you nodding for the hall, “I hope you like pasta…”

手作讓人類更聰明

我大概練習了300小時,才大致學會了阿歇爾晚期巴克斯谷地區工具製作者的類似技術。如果我有老師,或者能參加工具製作團體,學習過程應該可以再快一些。儘管打製研究的實驗已有數十年歷史,但目前仍然沒有任何關於學習過程的系統化研究。2008年,英國艾克斯特大學的考古學教授布萊德雷(Bruce Bradley)以及一位進行打製實驗的研究者一起邀請我,希望能運用我的知識來填補這道鴻溝。布萊德雷計畫訓練出英國學術界下一個世代的打製研究者,他認為我應該會想要順便蒐集一些神經影像,以便研究此學習過程。沒錯,我的確想要這麼做。

我想嘗試「擴散張量造影」(DTI)這種新技術,這種MRI方式可找出大腦白質纖維(也就是腦中的電纜線)的位置。2004年,時任德國雷根斯堡大學的德萊根斯基(Bogdan Draganski)透過DTI發現,學習拋球雜耍的受試者大腦出現了結構性的變化,這項發現挑戰了「成人大腦結構相對上已經定型」的傳統觀點。

我們懷疑,學習打製石器也會導致某種程度的神經重新連結。若真如此,我們就想知道哪些神經網路會改變。如果我們的想法正確,我們會希望知道製作工具是否能夠造成小規模的大腦結構變化,就像人類當初在演化過程中,大腦出現改變一樣。

結果十分確切,大腦確實會改變:我們在PET和MRI中發現,練習打製石器會讓額葉和頂葉區之間的白質纖維增加,包括前額葉的右下額葉回,那是負責認知操控的關鍵區域。大腦改變的程度可以透過受試者練習的時數來進行預測,練習越多,白質變化就越大。

大腦變化(神經科學家稱為「可塑性」)是一種表型調節,可提供演化變遷的原始資料。可塑性讓物種擁有嘗試新行為的彈性,讓自己的適應性有機會可以「突破限制」,如果恰好找到了新的技巧,就會成為牠們的行為之一,演化競賽就會跟著啟動:天擇會偏好那些在變異後能更輕鬆、更有效或更確實的學習者。因此,我們的研究結果提供了重要的證據,支持了「技藝人」假說。製作工具確實可能透過已知的演化機制來驅動大腦產生變化。……全文詳見《科學人》雜誌2016年5月號