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Interviewer: Your publisher is American, so do you ever find yourself having to defend real historical fact over the “perception of history” to your publisher or your audiences? Are there things you’ve uncovered in your research that are stranger than fiction and that a modern audience would find too difficult to believe?



Jo Walton: […] I call that the Tiffany Problem. Tiffany is a real attested medieval name, it’s a variant of Theophania, it appears in twelfth century documents from Britain and France, and you cannot give it as a name to a character in a historical or fantasy setting because it looks too horribly modern.

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Alcohol Abuse May Rewire Brain

New research on mice suggests heavy drinking may rewire the brain in a way that makes it harder for alcoholics bounce back from a traumatic experience.

In the study, a research team at the University of North Carolina (UNC) gave one group of mice heavy doses of alcohol (equivalent to twice the legal driving limit for humans) over the course of a month. Another group of mice was not given any alcohol and both groups were trained to fear the sound of a tone with mild electric shocks.

When the sound was repeatedly played without the shock, the mice in the control group eventually stopped being afraid of it. But the mice made alcoholics froze in place whenever they heard the tone, even when the threat of being shocked was long gone.

Wow!

scinerds:

Alcohol Abuse May Rewire Brain

New research on mice suggests heavy drinking may rewire the brain in a way that makes it harder for alcoholics bounce back from a traumatic experience.

In the study, a research team at the University of North Carolina (UNC) gave one group of mice heavy doses of alcohol (equivalent to twice the legal driving limit for humans) over the course of a month. Another group of mice was not given any alcohol and both groups were trained to fear the sound of a tone with mild electric shocks.

When the sound was repeatedly played without the shock, the mice in the control group eventually stopped being afraid of it. But the mice made alcoholics froze in place whenever they heard the tone, even when the threat of being shocked was long gone.

Wow!

gameovercolourful:

Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs. Read more over on the Daily Mail. (via Colossal) You like? Follow me! XD

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Taken with instagram

Nice!

Nice!

It looks like he’s got a leg up and fixin’ to slap her booty.

It looks like he’s got a leg up and fixin’ to slap her booty.

I love it when a cake can look cool AND gorgeous. The two actually don’t go together as much as you might think. Cool and unique cakes are usually just that..cool and unique. Very rarely does a cool and unique cake take your breath away like th

woodlandcreature:

There is a Catholic saint for pretty much everything. Here are 10 of my favorites:

  1. Saint Amaand of Mastricht — patron saint of bartenders
  2. Saint Bibiana — patron saint of hangovers
  3. Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio — patron saint against intestinal problems
  4. Saint Elizabeth of…
Believe nothing. No matter where you read it. Or who said it. Not even if I said it. Unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.
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