Spinel | #Geology #GeologyPage #Mineral Locality: Mogok…

Spinel | #Geology #GeologyPage #Mineral

Locality: Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay, Myanmar (former Burma)

Size: 3.1 × 2.9 × 2.9 cm

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Hang Son Doong “The World’s Largest Caves” | #Geology…

Hang Son Doong “The World’s Largest Caves” | #Geology #GeologyPage #Cave #Vietnam

Hang Sơn Đoòng also known as Sơn Đoòng cave is a solutional cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Bố Trạch District, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam. As of 2009 it has the largest known cave passage cross-section in the world, and is located near the Laos–Vietnam border.

Read more & More Photos: http://www.geologypage.com/2016/05/hang-son-doong-the-worlds-largest-caves.html

Junction Box Millions of times a day we turn our thoughts into…

Junction Box

Millions of times a day we turn our thoughts into actions – at neuromuscular junctions where electrical signals from motor neurons feed into our muscles. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) gradually weakens these connections for thousands of people around the world – but here’s a vital step towards new treatments. Inside a sort of lab-in-a-box called a microfluidic device, a bundle of nerve cells (artificially-coloured green with nuclei in blue) is reaching out tiny finger-like neurites towards muscle cells (purple) – creating a living 3D model of a neuromuscular junction. The neurons are modified to be optogenetic – they respond to pulses of laser light by pulling at the muscle cells, revealing weaker forces in cells grown from ALS sufferers. The next job is to bathe the diseased cells in different combinations of drugs, looking for clues to restoring neuromuscular junctions to full strength, in the hope of treating ALS as well as other conditions affecting the nervous system.

Written by John Ankers

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