Brain study switches a woman’s consciousness on and off
Scientists have wondered for some time if a person could experience a state of unconsciousness without entering into a deep sleep. Now a new anecdotal study, published in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior, demonstrates it may be possible to turn someone’s consciousness on and off like the switch of a light.
Researchers made the discovery after implanting electrodes in the brain of a 54-year-old woman with intractable epilepsy. They were looking to identify the site of the woman’s seizures, using electrical stimulation on various regions of her brain including the claustrum, a thin layer of neurons attached to the neocortex center of the brain.
Stimulating this area of the brain appeared to disrupt normal consciousness. Once the electrodes were shut off, the woman returned to a normal state of consciousness and had no memory of what had just occurred. Though the woman was unresponsive while in this state, the brain stimulation caused only a minor change to her motor and language abilities. Additionally, stimulating the claustrum did not cause a seizure.
Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion
Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic Church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics.
“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal whose content is routinely approved by the Vatican. “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
“We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis told VA doctors he was not thinking of harming others
Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had sought treatment for insomnia in the emergency rooms of two Veterans Affairs hospitals in the past month, but he told doctors he was not depressed and was not thinking of harming others, federal officials said Wednesday.
Those walk-in visits came just two weeks after Alexis had called police in Rhode Island to report hearing voices and feeling vibrations sent through his hotel-room walls. On Aug. 23, he went to a VA hospital in Providence. Five days later, he went to another one in Washington, seeking a refill of the medication he had been prescribed in Rhode Island, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Mexico reels from tropical storms; will U.S. be next?
A pair of tropical systems devastated both sides of Mexico earlier this week: Tropical Storm Manuel hit the west coast, Tropical Storm Ingrid the east coast. Manuel strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday night with 75 mph winds and is blasting Mexico’s west coast again. And a new tropical system forecast for the Gulf of Mexico threatens Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast over the weekend.
While Mexico continues to reel from a pair of powerful tropical systems, a new threat is emerging in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring more flooding to the storm-battered nation as well as heavy rains to portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.
Hurricane Manuel made landfall Thursday morning just west of Culican, Mexico, on the country’s west coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.
As of 2 p.m. EDT, Manuel had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph and was crawling to the north-northeast at 3 mph. It was located about 40 miles north-northeast of Altata, Mexico.
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These are the headlines for today
Wish to read them in a different way
With a twist, don’t get pist
because I’m putting in my inputs anyway.
Obama to address nation on Syria, pursues UN deal-USA Today
So a diplomatic solution is at hand and their own government
are actually getting involved. Isn’t this a good thing? Why does U.S.
keep threatening them and using this chemical weapons excuse ordeal. People there been dying for years. It’s freak’n sad but not that they are using chemos, it’s bad? This is the same place that rejected Monsanto. Stop letting the news misguide you from doing your own research. Many believe we will go to war anyways so all this talk that we are doing is pointless. You may be right, but it’s also better to know the facts because you looked them up rather than be a sheep and just go with it.
Detroit escaped inmate caught after citywide search-USA Today
Umm is Robocop out yet?
George Zimmerman involved in another police investigation-NECN
Ha, Georgey gots a gun. Oh he still had one even though he had killed some kid. Is it odd how someone can just go about their way after killing someone? Guilty of self defense or not, this dude killed some kid. Why is he on the news already? He better get with Casey Anythony.
Dallas Serial Rape Case: Suspect named in one of nine attacks was-CBC News
A neighborhood crime watch block captain is a suspect as being a serial rapist. Something you would watch on SVU. Rape should be one of the most punishable crimes that an eye for an eye should follow. Sorry if this sounds sick and unjust but anyone who can rape another needs no mercy.
Ohioan who made confessional DUI video faces court-Houston Chronicle
This driver who pleaded his guilt on YouTube is in court this morning. Wouldn’t want to be the judge in this one. We have to think about both sides of whom are all affected. Not easy.
Weather: It’s frick’n HOT!. and that’s all I got..Enjoy