Kevin Francis Gray
Kevin Francis Gray
Source: Hacking the brain.
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Baryte bush on malachite base
Looking like a natural sculpture, this unusual combination of minerals is only found as beautiful specimens in one place, the Mashamba mine in the Katanga copper belt of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before any pedants comment, I was as surprised as you to discover I had been misspelling the first mineral, and that the one I have used us the official IMA version. This sensuous specimen is 10.7x7x8cm in size.
Image credit: Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com
(PS: this image appeared previously on this page but we got the caption wrong. It is now repaired).
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Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain!
A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.
The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she’d had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn’t walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.
Doctors did a CAT scan and immediately identified the source of the problem – her entire cerebellum was missing (see scan). The space where it should be was empty of tissue. Instead it was filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain and provides defence against disease.
The cerebellum – sometimes known as the “little brain” – is located underneath the two hemispheres. It looks different from the rest of the brain because it consists of much smaller and more compact folds of tissue. It represents about 10 per cent of the brain’s total volume but contains 50 per cent of its neurons.
from Daily Anatomy
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