INFOGRAPHIC: What your brain looks like on LSD

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For the first time ever, scientists have been able to see just what LSD does to the human brain. Though declared off limits for medical use in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, today scientists are exploring how this drug can actually help those with mental illness. LSD increases the connection between the parts of the brain that control how we perceive our environment and how we perceive ourselves, helping ease the rigid and inflexible thought-patterns common among those with mental illness. But what about the harm? LSD has been off-limits for a reason, after all. This infographic explores what scientists have learned about LSD so far and what it does to your brain.

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Scientists found oxygen in a galaxy 13.1 billion light years distant

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Astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan  have found ” the most distant oxygen ever detected ” 13.1 billion light years away from us in a galaxy called SXDF-NB1006-2. Not only is the discovery of oxygen elsewhere exciting, but it provides clues into oxygen’s origin in the universe. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the astronomers collected data on the galaxy first found four years ago. They’d detected hydrogen , but suspected oxygen might be present as well. They theorized that if they were correct, the galaxy would be going through cosmic reionization, or the process where radiation ionizes gas clouds. They were right: they detected reionization through a predicted light flare visible even this far away, confirming oxygen’s presence in SXDF-NB1006-2. Related: Astronomers just discovered an alien planet with three suns that shouldn’t exist Such a process occurred in the early days of our universe, so by studying that process in SXDF-NB1006-2, the astronomers could glean insight into the “origin of oxygen.” Lead author Akio K. Inoue told Gizmodo, “These oxygen atoms we found are a kind of the first oxygen ever produced in the Universe, because oxygen did not exist at the Big Bang. In fact, all elements heavier than lithium are produced inside stars and are spread out the Universe when they die. And oxygen and other elements make up dust particles which eventually make up planets and possibly life on them. Therefore, our finding shows the origin of oxygen, one of the most important elements for humans, in this Universe.” If humans were present on SXDF-NB1006-2, we wouldn’t be able to breathe the oxygen. It’s only present in very small quantities – not even one-tenth of the amount of oxygen in the sun – and as it is ” doubly-ionized oxygen atoms ,” is not even the type of oxygen we could breathe. However, the astronomers plan to continue their research to probe further into oxygen’s role in the universe. Via Gizmodo Images via National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Wikimedia Commons

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Spiral Stool is a sturdy flat-pack stool made from 100% recyclable cardboard

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Cardboard might not seem like a sturdy material to build furniture with, let alone an attractive option, but Taipei-based MisoSoupDesign’s Spiral Stool proves cardboard furniture can be strong, beautiful, and eco-friendly to boot. Made from 100% recyclable cardboard, the spiral stool is a flat pack stool that’s easy to assemble without the need for any special tools and can support up to 100 kilograms of weight. The Spiral Stool just awarded the Platinum A’Design Award in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design competition Category. + MisoSoupDesign The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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