Saturday morning musing

Well it is a slow Saturday morning and there is not much going on to get my blood pressure up on Facebook. Therefore, in such cases I go searching through what passes for the Fourth Estate in America these days and found that there really is not much going on. When this occurs I have a third fallback option, I seek out science for stimulating stories to write about and share. How about this one for inspiration:

Neuroscientists Discover a New Way to Cross the Blood–Brain Barrier, The harmless virus could deliver medicine throughout the brain_

By Monique Brouillette on June 1, 2016

As a result, doctors who treat patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, often have to inject drugs directly into the brain, an invasive approach that requires drilling into the skull.”

Alternatively, perhaps this story:

Why We Should Finish the Human Genome,

About one percent of our DNA hasn’t yet been mapped–and it could contain information crucial to our functioning and health_

By Harold “Skip” Garner on June 10, 2016

The reason why the last one percent has not been finished is because it is really hard. Mainly it is composed of repetitive sequences, like CAG-CAG-CAG-CAG-CAG-CAG…that go on for millions of DNA letters. This confuses the technology and software, something we have overcome. The reason the last one percent is important is because we found that in between all those hard repetitive sections lie undiscovered genes, some of which we have now found. All gene-containing sequences go into something called the “reference genome,”4 and that is what every scientist uses to study and try to find the genetic contributions to diseases or traits. If a gene is not in the reference it never gets studied. So our having discovered these will enable lots of others to study them.”

And my personal favorite this morning:

Relaxation Benefits Introverts More Than Extraverts in Boosting Creativity

A new study found that relaxation training benefited introverts more than extraverts in boosting creative thinking_

By Scott Barry Kaufman on June 9, 2016

Which leads to another fascinating finding from their study: while ideational-skills training benefited extraverts more than introverts, relaxation training benefited introverts more than extraverts.

Many people aren’t at their creative best when they are forced to “Be creative!” on the spot, and will be far more creative when given the opportunity to think deeply and reflectively in the comfort of quiet.”

It would appear that from this last article at least, having a slow Saturday will exacerbate the creativity of big ol’ “I”s like myself.

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