5 Short Films for a Break

1) The endless beauty of the mountains: Canadian Rockies

Ι feel so thrilled every time I see this icy wilderness.

2) Also, when a fish is thinking

...its brain is like this.  This is the first time that the fishes' thinking process was videotaped. If you feel ready to take a deep in learning something more about neurons, take a look at this too. 

3) What a squid does while listening to Cypress Hill.

This video below from the team over at Backyard Brains exists in the case that the previous video didn't blow your mind. First a minor detail: squids do not possess ears. However, the same impulses created when audio is converted to an electrical signal, like what happens inside a microphone, can actually be gently applied to tissue, in this case the dorsal side of a squid fin.

The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color.

A number of incredibly smart people even wrote a scholarly paper on the phenomenon aptly, find it here

4) Leave the squids, we are going to Mpalos, Crete.

Some of you wondered if this paradise really exists. That video below is the vivid proof of its existence.

5) And for the end, some rest for your eyes.

I am sure that you need some.

Καλή εβδομάδα!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Short Film: Sharing Joy (& my Laugh)

"Damn it, you are  the personification of happiness! Your laugh is pure joy and you can't even imagine how much I love and count on this daily laugh of yours."

PS. For the record, my laugh is really funny, its sound it's the suction's one. So, duh, it's darn good!

Now back to studying.

 ❤ 

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Not a Happy Halloween Post

(That's a little bloody, but it's the gift paper of my "Happy Halloween, ho ho ho!" )

Yesterday was Halloween. And you were all happy and excited, so I didn't want to be the bad guy. But how about today? We don't celebrate Halloween here in Greece and I think that that's unfair. At least not this time of the year. Our dress up-Halloween period is in February. However, we don't have rainbows made of carved pumpkins or ghosts everywhere. Girls dress like sexy kittens, sexy doctors, sexy tigers and sexy sexies and boys go for the I-wore-a-blonde-wig-and-some-fake-boobs-and-I-am-funny-now. If you are dressed up and you seem like a disgusting or scary-something you are a psycho. Nobody wants to look like not-fake/perfect anymore. Anyway, I am still here in front of a pc having ton of work to do. For the record ( and for you who asked why I am so absent the last month ), I analyze some mice behavior under stressful conditions. Biology studies are good.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Statistical Impossibilities: Short Film

Some days, like today, I need an animation good enough like this to remind myself that there is life too outside the neurobiology-lab. That life is nice and science is full of statistical impossibilities that wait for you to explain them, while you are spliting some blood too. Anyway, this little video is an example of the animation art at its bestests!

❤ 

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!