Feb. 28th, 2017

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All new all different Tony and MCU Tony

I read something made me really sad on Twitter:  “the people tony trusted are either dead or being hunted down, hurt, killed by people tony considered his friends. he can’t trust anyone.” 

But I think… He can trust himself

So I did this

“ I’m sorry for your loss ”
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George W. Bush speaks out against Trump’s war with the media, travel ban and Islamophobia
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Guess who’s not over THE THING, and wanted to share the suffering again. 

Part One | Part Two | Full Compilation
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Arright, sit down, you’re about to get some knowledge dropped on you by somebody with beekeepers and meadmakers in the family.

The “toxic synthetic sugar substance” you’re referring to? Is sugar water. Literally SUGAR and WATER. There’s nothing synthetic about it. And the bees only rarely need a LITTLE bit of sugar water to help them get through, because if they’re provided with enough nectar, bees will make a shit-ton of honey. Most hives generate more honey than they can ever use.

And when a hive starts getting too full, the bees may swarm and try to go find a new place to live. Do you know what happens to a more than three-quarters of swarms that leave their hive? THEY DIE. Yup. Either they can’t find a new hive, or they run into predators, or they wind up landing somewhere that humans don’t want them and then exterminators get called.

So removing a few frames from the hive, taking out the wax and the honey, and replacing them for the bees to fill with new comb and honey and larvae is actually GOOD for the hive. The bees stay busy, they’ve got frames to fill, the queen doesn’t feel the need to go anywhere, and their human buddies can help keep them safe from natural predators and pesticides.

The mutually-beneficial relationship between humans and bees has existed for literally thousands of years. People keep hives, bees pollinate crops and make honey, people harvest the honey, the bees get extra protection and can happily buzz away keeping the plants healthy and making more sweet sugary goo.

Honeybees are an endangered species. If they die, not only does your vegan diet become completely impossible, but the entire planet is royally fucked.

And do you know who’s doing more than anybody else to keep them alive and make sure we don’t all starve?

BEEKEEPERS. And they treat those bees like their own damn children. They’re not going to feed them toxins or “steal” all their food, they want the bees to be happy and healthy and THRIVING.

Being vegan is absolutely fine, but don’t go trying to tell other people how to eat and don’t sound off on shit until YOU educate YOURSELF. Try talking to an actual beekeeper sometime. Or at the very least, read an article by a beekeeper instead of relying on someone else’s scare tactics.
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My dumb cat is cute as hell

sound on

that is a bird

I DON’T THINK CUTE EVEN COVERS IT THAT IS FLIPPING ADORABLE

His name is Pistachio, and he curls up next to my head every night and purrs as he falls asleep. He was a stray, and he definitely appreciates a forever home.

I played the sound on this and my cat rushed to the window to check for birds.
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jeanjauthor:

Dismantling = Deconstructing = Destruction.

This is an open admission of a mission to destroy the Executive Branch.

Let me repeat that so it sinks in:

This is an open admission that Bannon is trying to DESTROY THE GOVERNMENT.

THAT.  IS.  TREASON.

Why is this fucker still running around free?

2/23/2017
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hope your pets stay healthy in 2017

I almost didn’t blog this and felt guilty
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Restoring the sense of touch in amputees using natural signals of the nervous system

Scientists at the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve
University have found a way to produce realistic sensations of touch in
two human amputees by directly stimulating the nervous system.

The study, published Oct. 26 in Science Translational Medicine (STM),
confirms earlier research on how the nervous system encodes the
intensity, or magnitude, of sensations. It is the second of two
groundbreaking publications by University of Chicago
neuroscientist Sliman Bensmaia,
PhD, using neuroprosthetic devices to recreate the sense of touch for
amputee or quadriplegic patients with a “biomimetic” approach that
approximates the natural, intact nervous system.

On Oct. 13, in a separate publication from STM,
Bensmaia and a team led by Robert Gaunt, PhD, from the University of
Pittsburgh, announced that for the first time, a paralyzed human patient
was able to experience the sense of touch through a robotic arm that he
controls with his brain. In that study, researchers interfaced directly
with the patient’s brain, through an electrode array implanted in the
areas of the brain responsible for hand movements and for touch, which
allowed the man to both move the robotic arm and feel objects through
it.

The new study takes a similar approach in amputees, working with two
male subjects who each lost an arm after traumatic injuries. In this
case, both subjects were implanted with neural interfaces, devices
embedded with electrodes that were attached to the median, ulnar and
radial nerves of the arm. Those are the same nerves that would carry
signals from the hand were it still intact.

“If you want to create a dexterous hand for use in an amputee or a
quadriplegic patient, you need to not only be able to move it, but have
sensory feedback from it,” said Bensmaia, who is an associate professor
of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago. “To do
this, we first need to look at how the intact hand and the intact
nervous system encodes this information, and then, to the extent that we
can, try to mimic that in a neuroprosthesis.”

Recreating different sensations of intensity

The latest research is a joint effort by Bensmaia and Dustin Tyler, PhD, the Kent H. Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, who works with a large team trying to make bionic hands clinically viable. Tyler’s team, led by doctoral student Emily Graczyk, systematically tested the subjects’ ability to distinguish the magnitude of the sensations evoked when their nerves were stimulated through the interface. They varied aspects of the signals, such as frequency and intensity of each electrical pulse. The goal was to understand if there was a systematic way to manipulate the sensory magnitude.

(Image caption:
Electrical stimulation was delivered by an external stimulator (top
left) through percutaneous leads to FINEs implanted on the median,
ulnar, and radial nerves of an upper-limb amputee (bottom left). Each
electrode contact evokes sensory percepts on small regions of the
missing hand of the subject. Credit: Graczyk et al, Sci. Transl. Med.)

Earlier research from Bensmaia’s lab predicted how the nervous system
discerns intensity of touch, for example, how hard an object is
pressing against the skin. That work suggested that the number of times
certain nerve fibers fire in response to a given stimulus, known as the
population spike rate, determines the perceived intensity of a given
stimulus.

Results from the new study verify this hypothesis: A single feature
of electrical stimulation—dubbed the activation charge rate—was found to
determine the strength of the sensation. By changing the activation
charge rate, the team could change sensory magnitude in a highly
predictable way. The team then showed that the activation charge rate
was also closely related to the evoked population spike rate.

Building neuroprosthetics that approximate the natural nervous system

While the new study furthers the development of neural interfaces for
neuroprosthetics, artificial touch will only be as good as the devices
providing input. In a separate paper published in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, Bensmaia and his team tested the sensory abilities of a robotic fingertip equipped with touch sensors.

Using the same behavioral techniques that are used to test human
sensory abilities, Bensmaia’s team, led by Benoit Delhaye and Erik
Schluter, tested the finger’s ability to distinguish different touch
locations, different pressure levels, the direction and speed of
surfaces moving across it and the identity of textures scanned across
it. The robotic finger (with the help of machine learning algorithms)
proved to be almost as good as a human at most of these sensory tasks.
By combining such high-quality input with the algorithms and data
Bensmaia and Tyler produced in the other study, researchers can begin
building neuroprosthetics that approximate natural sensations of touch.

Without realistic, natural-feeling sensations, neuroprosthetics will
never come close to achieving the dexterity of our native hands. To
illustrate the importance of touch, Bensmaia referred to a piano.
Playing the piano requires a delicate touch, and an accomplished pianist
knows how softly or forcefully to strike the keys based on sensory
signals from the fingertips. Without these signals, the sounds the piano
would make would not be very musical.

“The idea is that if we can reproduce those signals exactly, the
amputee won’t have to think about it, he can just interact with objects
naturally and automatically. Results from this study constitute a first
step towards conveying finely graded information about contact
pressure,” Bensmaia said.
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steve

and still no apologies

for ax. let me know if you want to see him as a print by clicking the heart

Ohh yeah. I needed this today.
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If it’s not in any of my documents, I’ll write a sentence for it. 
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I apparently don’t use the word brilliant except when referring to smiles? 

This is from a story I haven’t worked on a long time - a Sentinel fusion: 

The moment passed. Tony recovered with such startling speed that it felt like a blow to Steve’s chest. He diverted the protective gesture, adjusting the hem of his jacket with one hand and nudging his glasses further up his nose with the other. A brilliant smile flashed over his face, one of those pretty media smiles that got him on the cover of magazines. The worst thing was that Steve would have thought it was real if he hadn’t seen the utter devastation there the moment before.

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From my ABO story Chaos and Dancing Stars

Tony’s eyes widened, his nostrils flared, and he instinctively tightened his hold, crushing Steve’s face into his neck at the very suggestion of danger.

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You can never go wrong with some red and gold and a cool pair of sunglasses!
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From the aforementioned sentinel story: 

The world idolized his kindness too much, but even he didn’t realize he had that kind of viciousness in him. 

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From the sentinel story (I’m finding all the words here today)

He took control of the terminal, leaned back in his chair, and pretended that he was at a board meeting where old arcade games were often more productive than paying attention

From the ABO story: 

It made his skin tingle and stomach give a nervous jerk to keep his neck and back exposed to another alpha, but Tony didn’t let biological urges control the way he interacted with people.

From the Steve-the-Cop AU:

It had been years since he’d been touched this way, and it took all of his self-control not to just drop to his knees on his doorstep and pull Tony’s pants down for any passerby to see.

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ABO story: 

Steve’s eyebrows drew together and his expression fell. He was pale and misted with sweat, hectic color splashed high on his cheeks and flushed over his chest, eyes so dilated that Tony could barely see the blue irises. He lifted a shaking hand to his mouth and wiped his fingers across his lips.

From a frostiron story I haven’t published anywhere: 

His lips twitched just a touch, and Tony felt his ears grow faintly warm, though he wasn’t sure why. He nudged the faceplate down just in case the coloring extended to his cheeks. 

Incubus!Steve story:

The world went syrupy slow, colors slipping across the inside of Steve’s eyelids, and for a few precious seconds he could feel his own heartbeat thumping in time with Tony’s, 212-213-214-215, and something clicked deep in his chest. 

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