1. Moving lightly; nimble.
2. Engaged in or having the power of flight.
1. Also called volant piece. Armor. A reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.
1. But here in the present case, to carry on the volant metaphor, (for I must either be merry or mad) is a pretty little Miss, just, come out of her hanging-sleeve coat, brought to buy a pretty little fairing; for the world, Jack, is but a great fair thou knowest; and, to give thee serious reflection for serious, all its toys but tinselled hobby horses, gilt gingerbread, squeaking trumpets, painted drums, and so forth.
- Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady
2. With Rube winging it that spring, the band blared, and the volant baseball team was unbeatable.
- Alan Howard Levy, Rube Waddell
Pluto is no longer a planet. It talks about the history of Pluto and its discovery, and then the discovery of Eris, which is larger than Pluto. Now you can learn the official rules for planethood. Created by Christian Ready.
To the unaided eye, the most striking feature of the human brain is its squiggly pattern of bumps and grooves. But within those curves is a latticework of nerve fibers that cross each other at roughly right angles (above).
The researchers used a method called diffusion spectrum imaging to infer the position of nerve fibers in the living human brain from the way water flows through and around them. These scans revealed an orderly weave of fibers — a much simpler organization than many scientists would have suspected.
Scans in four monkey species found a similar pattern. The researchers suggest that this grid-like organization may be advantageous during brain development, providing the equivalent of highway lane markers to help growing nerve fibers find their way to the appropriate destination.
This story provided by ScienceNOW, the daily online news service of the journal Science.
Image: M. D. Van Wedeen, Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology/Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard U. Medical School
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde.
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.<br/>
-Robert H. Schuller.
The stalks of these flowers are already dried up, but their blossoms are preserved and kept fresh by the medical infusion bags. The life-span of every living creature is limited. The infusion bags stand for the progress in medicine and the prolongation of human life. They somehow carry an ambivalent message as they refer to both death and life the same time. To preserve the beauty of the flowers artifically with the help of the infusion bags points out man’s inclination to repress the fact that he has to die and to postpone death.
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca.