Why Evolution Is True

If this video is real, it’s one of the most amazing bird films I’ve seen. It was posted three days ago, apparently from France, and already has nearly 2.4 million views.

It seems to show footage from a camera mounted on the back of an eagle, and really gives you the sense of what it’s like to soar above the ground:

However, as the Los Angeles Times reports, the source and authenticity of the video hasn’t yet been verified:

The video was posted Monday by YouTube user Srachi. The posting lists the location of the flight simply as the Mer de Glace area of Chamonix, France. Mer de Glace, or Sea of Ice, is one of the longest glaciers in the Alps, extending for 3½ miles. Deep greenery, blue sky and snow-touched mountains fall away, bumpily, beneath the bird as it flies.

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Suppressing the encoding of new information in memory: a behavioral study derived from principles of hippocampal function.

Take-home message: We show here that mixing tasks that involve executive control (the n-back task, requiring continual updating and discarding of information held presently ‘in mind’) inhibits dramatically performance on an explicit memory task (associative memory: face-name pair learning), but not performance on control recognition memory tasks. We therefore provide further behavioural evidence that memory subsystems… Read More

The anterior thalamus provides a subcortical circuit supporting memory and spatial navigation.

The anterior thalamus provides a subcortical circuit supporting memory and spatial navigation. Front Syst Neurosci. 2013 Aug 30;7:45. Jankowski MM, Ronnqvist KC, Tsanov M, Vann SD, Wright NF, Erichsen JT, Aggleton JP, O’Mara SM. Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland. Abstract The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN), a central component of Papez‘ circuit, are generally assumed to be key… Read More