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Video: Incredible Invisible Frog


On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote and the crew discover a frog with transparent skin!

Known as the Glass Frog, these amphibians of Central America are known for their translucent belly skin that allows onlookers to see right into their digestive and circulatory systems.

Seriously…when observed at the correct angle you can witness the blood pumping in and out of this tiny frogs hearts!

Get ready to witness the the Incredible Invisible Frog!

 

 
 
 
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Video: Zhenan Bao: Breaking the Barriers of Futuristic Artificial Skin


Born in China, Zhenan Bao now lives in the United States, where she is a chemist at Stanford University. She is developing electronic skin for multiple applications, particularly health care, and is working on transparent plastics for the flexible screens of new-generation smartphones. FRANCE 24 takes you to meet her.

 

 
 
 
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Video: Abigail & Brittany Hensel - The Twins Who Share a Body


Although they are two completely separate people, these accomplished teens share a body and have just two arms and legs between them.

Born in 1990, the girls have been brought up in a small, tightly knit community in Minnesota, almost completely protected from prying eyes and inquisitive stares. To their friends and family, they are distinct people with very different personalities, needs,
tastes and desires. But to the outside world they are a medical mystery -- particularly given the fact that they can do virtually all the same things as their friends, including playing the piano, riding a bike, swimming and playing softball "Their personalities make them inspirational," says their mother Patty. "They never give up; anything they want to do, they go out and do it."

The medical world is keen to find
outhowtwo separate brains and nervous systems can work in such a perfectly co-ordinated way, but the twins and their family have always resisted non-essential medical tests. "The family want to treat them as though they are just like everyone else," says Joy Westerdahl, the girls' doctor, who admits that it is a mystery how their unique physiology functions.

As they enter adulthood, the twins are likely to leave the haven
oftheirhome town and face the wider world. In preparation for that time, they have taken part in this intimate documentary to show the world what it is like to be joined for life.

 

 
 
 
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Animation: Reality Can Be The Total Opposite of What You Think It Is!


The Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.



 
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

 


If you can't see her rotating in the opposite direction, look at just the foot shadow and try to see it as a bird, with a large beak, bouncing up and down and moving its head from side to side, not spinning it's head around.  You may have to cover up the turning girl by putting a book or something on your screen so it doesn't distract you.  Once you can see that, you will see that depending on which direction your mind catches the birds' head turning, to the left, or to the right, determines the direction your will see the girl spinning.

Basically what's happening is you're really just looking at a set of 2 dimensional images.  Because of conditioning, you see a 3D object of a girl spinning around.  If you were to take a real 3-D model of this girl and take a series of photos of her spinning in one direction, then took another series, timed exactly the same, and the same number of photos, of her spinning in the other direction, then placed the sets side by side on a table, they would look identical.  You would not be able to tell which way the model was spinning when the images were taken.

So all you're seeing is a set of "flat" images that would look exactly the same no matter which direction they were "perceived" as spinning.  The amazing thing about your mind is it can see multiple realities at the same time.  The key in this example is your mind sees the shape that looks like a shadow of a foot spinning, and it also sees the same shape as a bird looking from side to side. 

Because we "know" this is a picture of a girl spinning around, your mind simply picks up the direction you notice first from the shadow foot, and fills in the rest.  Once you can see the birds' head moving from side to side you'll see you can switch rotations by simply looking up at the girl as the birds' head turns left . . . she'll spin left.  When the birds' head turns right, look up and she's suddenly spinning to the right.  You'll see you can switch back and forth at will.

So I guess the big lessons here are we all have some basic inclinations that determine the dominant way we perceive the world around us.  But we are not limited to perceiving the world the way we are inclined to automatically perceive it.  We are all capable of seeing the same reality in radically different ways if we simply choose to look for it.  We are wired with much more flexibility than we are conditioned to believe.  It all comes down to what we want to see.  And you can now see that it's totally possible for two completely opposite realities to exist at the exact same time.  So hopefully now you will be a little more willing to consider that other people can actually have opposite points of view that are equally as valid as yours, even though you can't really see it.  And hopefully you'll be a little more willing to try and see the reality of opposing points of view before you discount them entirely.



Thanks to the Daily Telegraph for the original story
 
 
 
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Video: The Earth Is Actually Growing


This video reveals something that after viewing seems so obvious it's a wonder it's not common knowledge.  Yes, folks, the earth grows, like everything else in the universe!  Once again it seems science is turned on it's head.  You will see compelling evidence that the earth and all bodies in the universe actually 'grow' just like everything else.   The current earth is much larger than it was when it first came into being.   I don't know exactly why, but I found this to be one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen.  Perhaps it's just the pure excitement of learning something true about how the world around us actually is.


 
 
 
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