In this issue:
A. January Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. 2011 Neuroscience for Kids Yearly Calendar
In January, 3 new figures were added and 40 pages were modified.
Do you have trouble finding the right photograph for presentations and reports? And when you find something to use, are you unsure about copyright and getting permission to use it? If you answered "YES" to these questions, then the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Photo Gallery Web site is the place for you. This Web site makes it easy for you to find and use health-related photographs. The gallery has images from 17 different offices, institutes and centers including the National Eye Institute, National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Library of Medicine, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Because most of the images are in the public domain, they are not under copyright protection and you can use them in your projects.
The photo database is searchable by category and keyword. I tried a keyword search using "brain" and the Web site found some interesting pictures including some great PET scan images. A category search of "Scientists" resulted in 97 images showing researchers at work.
So, the next time you are looking for that perfect photo for your next
project, try the NIH Photo Gallery.
Show your BRAINY spirit for BAW:
If you were to create a smell to characterize yourself, your school or
home, what would it smell like?
B. The January-February, 2011, issue of Scientific American selected the Top 100 Stories of 2010. The selection includes several neuroscience related topics including: #10: Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer's; #12: Brain Map Shows You Think Like a Worm; #21: Scans Can Track Brain Development; #31: Autism: One Label, Many Diseases?; #32: Sleep Switch Found in the Brain?; #41: Scans Unlock Hidden Life in Vegetative Brains; #58: The 13 Faces of Lyme; #62: Glia The Other Brain Cells; #68: Emotions Survive After Memories Vanish; #78: Good Listeners Get Inside Your Head; #80: Magnets Can Change Your Moral Values.
C. "Grow Your Mind. The truth about how to boost your brain's performance" by Sharon Begley is the cover story of the January 10-17, 2011, issue of Newsweek magazine.
D. "How Language Shapes Thought" by Lera Boroditsky and "Mind Out of Body" by Miguel A. L. Nicolelis (Scientific American, February, 2011).
E. "Lasting Impact" by Luna Shyr discusses how sports-related head injuries can affect the brain (National Geographic magazine, February, 2011).
F. "Headbanger Nation" by Jeffrey Kluger (Time magazine, January 31, 2011)
is an excellent article about children and sports-related concussions.
"Playing Defense" by Mehmet Oz follows this article with suggestions for
parents and coaches to keep kids safe from concussions.
B. The lens of the human eye weighs about 174 milligrams. (Source: Flindt, R., Amazing Numbers in Biology, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2006.)
C. The ancient Greeks believed that placing the herb rosemary under a pillow would help a person sleep.
D. There are three different lakes named "Brain Lake" in Canada (in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan).
E. Using their sense of smell, polar bears can find a whale carcass
twenty miles (32 kilometers) away or a seal under six feet of snow and
ice. (Source: Shanor, K. and Kanwal, J., Bats Sing, Mice Giggle. The
Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives, London: Totem Books, 2010.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.