Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys added key moments at the Grammys

first_img Gary Clark Jr. performs “This Land” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Alicia Keys performs at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Demi Lovato performs “Anyone” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) 1 of 3 What was already a chaotic week leading up to the Grammys suddenly took a somber turn with the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was beloved in Los Angeles and especially in the Staples Center, where the awards show took place Sunday. The telecast turned into a tribute to LA’s lost heroes, including Bryant and late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Then 18-year-old Billie Eilish swept with five wins, capping off an incredible breakthrough year. Here are the top moments from the 2020 Grammy Awards:A HARD GOODBYE:“It’s been a hell of a week,” Grammys host Alicia Keys acknowledged early on in the awards show.There was a lot of speculation about the show after the Recording Academy ousted its CEO, less than two weeks before the show. In an onslaught of bad press, Deborah Dugan alleged sexual harassment and claimed the awards show was rigged. Artists like Sean Diddy Combs spoke out about black artists being snubbed by the Recording Academy.But as Lizzo said after winning best pop solo performance, everything she was feeling this week was put in perspective after learning about Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash in California, along with his teenage daughter and seven others.“Your priorities really shift,” Lizzo said.The Grammys were lucky to have Keys as host who gave honest, heartfelt and uplifting messages throughout the night and sang a last-minute tribute to Bryant with Boyz II Men on “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday” under Bryant’s jersey numbers illuminated in the arena.Throughout the night, artists included Bryant’s jersey or his playing number in their performances or mentioned his passing. When there was so much divisiveness heading into the awards show, the artistic community came together in loss.HUSSLE’S POSTHUMOUS WINSLos Angeles was really grieving Sunday night for its fallen heroes, gone too soon and too suddenly. Nipsey Hussle was at the Grammys last year as a nominee before the rapper and activist was killed just months later. This year, Hussle won two posthumous awards and his memory and music was honored in a tribute performance by his collaborators and friends.Meek Mill started with a rap about his reminiscences about his friend. John Legend, behind the piano, sang “Higher” with DJ Khaled surrounded by a chorus of singers and dancers in white and gold. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin showed up to whip the gospel choir into a frenzy toward the end. The performance ended with two arena-sized photos of Hussle and Bryant, two titans of the community that meant so much to so many.Later in the broadcast, Legend hoisted a trophy in Hussle’s name, surrounded by Hussle’s family on stage as he and DJ Khaled accepted for best rap/sung performance for “Higher.”“We’ve seen so much tragedy today and last year, but let’s love each other and love our families,” said Legend.BILLIE SWEEPSGoing into the awards show, three first-time nominees, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, dominated the year in music, but 18-year-old Eilish swept with five wins including album, song and record of the year, as well as new artist of the year.Her bass heavy, gothic pop album — “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — was created in her bedroom with her brother, Finneas O’Connell. He walked away with six awards as her producer and co-writer. She wowed fans with her live performances, created a unique style of sporty baggy clothes with loud colors and sung with all the angst of an army of teenagers.“This was my first Grammys and I never thought this would ever happen and I grew up watching them,” said Eilish, after winning song of the year for “Bad Guy.”“This is to all the kids making music in their bedroom today: You’re gonna get one of these,” added O’Connell.As each time her name got called to accept an award, she seemed more and more shocked by the recognition. Her last speech was likely one of the shortest in Grammy history: “Thank you, bye.”SEOUL TOWN ROADJust when you thought Lil Nas X had exhausted the never-ending jingle of “Old Town Road,” with its remixes and endless renditions, the Grammys ratcheted it up another level with a spinning stage of guest vocalists, adding what felt like another three verses.The set felt like a fever dream of the young Atlanta rapper whose song captivated everyone’s attention and brought together the surreal worlds of international Korean pop group BTS, YouTube yodeler Mason Ramsey, electronic wizard Diplo and aging country star Billy Ray Cyrus. But the kicker of the performance was his namesake, rapper Nas, surprising everyone with one more collaboration.Now maybe this song, which won two Grammys, can finally be retired for a bit.THE WATER WORKSIf fans weren’t crying at the beginning of the show, they likely found a moment or two by the end of the show that struck at the heart.Adding to the drama and sadness of the night, Demi Lovato broke down in tears on the Grammy stage singing a song she had written just days before her near fatal overdose in 2018.Lovato, in a large white Christian Siriano gown, had to start the performance again after faltering slightly, but finished strongly with just a piano to accompany her. She had the crowd on their feet in a true comeback moment for the 27-year-old singer who has been honest and open about her struggles with addiction.In another performance, Camila Cabello’s father was the one shedding tears as she serenaded him with an ode to her papa, “First Man.” Some others in the audience, including Gwen Stefani, shared in the emotion of the song.Tyler, the Creator’s mom also deserves a shout-out for being adorably weepy when he won for best rap album for “Igor.”FIRESTARTERSBoy, did the Grammys need performances like Tyler, the Creator and Gary Clark Jr. to add some excitement and energy to an overly subdued show.Tyler, the Creator brought in Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson for a fiery performance of “Earfquake” and then brought out his clones for “New Magic Wand” that had the cameras shaking before he dropped mysteriously off the back of the stage, which appeared to be on fire.Clark, who won three Grammys in both the blues and rock categories, is a workhorse for Grammy performances, often being called in to collaborate on the stage, but this time he ripped through his song “This Land,” a seething indictment of modern day racism.last_img read more

Selkirk Saints ink pair to 2018-19 roster

first_imgShatford will start his post-secondary pathway in the Millwright/Machinist Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus and then plans to enrol in the School of Business Administration for his second year at Selkirk College.“I hope to help the Saints get the BCIHL Championship back,” says Shatford. “I play a high energy, physical game and love to win. I can’t wait to suit up for the Saints this season and next.”Last season, Freed played in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) for the Temiscaming Titans where he led his team in scoring with 44 goals and 56 assists in only 35 games.“Rylan is a player that we feel has an exceptional upside, he brings more than 180 games of junior A experience and with that a deep knowledge of what it takes to succeed,” says Heaven. “We expect Rylan to be able to help bolster the Saints offense, while increasing the level of compete within our group.”Freed will be begin his post-secondary in the School of Business Administration on the Castlegar Campus.“The reason I chose Selkirk College was mainly because the college was very welcoming, they were understanding with the program I was interested in taking and were interested in helping me with my future,” says Freed, who plays centre. “On the ice, I look forward to bringing some speed and offense along with a good two-way game because everything starts from your defensive zone.”The Saints made it to the BCIHL championship series this past spring, but were defeated by the Trinity Western University Spartans. Winners of four championships in a row between 2013 and 2016, the team is looking to return the provincial title to the West Kootenay this coming season. The Saints training camp starts in September. The Selkirk College Saints will welcome a pair of proven offensive threats when the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season begins in September.With the departure of offensive powerhouse Dallas Calvin, a priority on head coach Brent Heaven’s off-season to-do list is to find players to help fill the gap for the 2018-2019 season. The Saints’ coach will be looking to Nova Scotia native Josh Shatford and Saskatchewan native Rylan Freed to help carry the offensive weight in the upcoming season.“Josh is a highly skilled player with over 250 games of experience between junior A and the major junior level,” says Heaven. “He plays with an edge and has a strong hockey IQ, which helps his offensive flare. We feel that he will be able to step in and contribute at both ends of the ice immediately for the Saints.”Last season, Shatford played in the Sask West Hockey League (SWHL) where he scored 26 goals in 19 games, added 21 assists and compiled 95 penalty minutes.“I chose Selkirk College because I heard great things from guys who have played there,” says Shatford, who also spent time in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). “Selkirk College has a great and storied hockey program, and can offer me the training I was looking for in an awesome environment.”last_img read more

Galway v Mayo (Stand Tickets – SOLD OUT)

first_imgStand Tickets are now sold out. All supporters travelling to the game are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, Tickets on sale through the Supervalu and Centra outlets. Tickets will also be on sale outside the stadium from 5pm when the gates open.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email A place in the Connacht Football Championship final is up for grabs this evening. Galway take on old rivals Mayo at McHale Park at 7pm with LIVE Commentary this evening from Ollie Turner & Frank Morris.last_img read more

Galway United’s First Division Fixtures Released

first_imgThe fixtures for the new league of Ireland season have been unveiled this afternoon. Fri. 13 April         Galway United v Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 April         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 27 April         Galway United v Cobh Ramblers    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 4 May            Athlone Town v Galway United     Athlone Town Stadium 7.45 pmMONDAY/TUESDAY, 7/8 MAY – EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER-FINALS   Fri. 11 May          Galway United v U.C.D.        Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 18 May         Cabinteely v Galway United     Stradbrook 7.45 pmFri. 25 May         Galway United v  Drogheda United  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 2 June          Longford Town v Galway United     City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmFri. 8 June          Galway United v Finn Harps Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 15 June         Wexford v Galway United     Ferrycarrig Park 8.00 pmMID-SEASON BREAK – SATURDAY 16 JUNE – THURSDAY 28 JUNE – NO FIXTURESFri. 29 June        Galway United v Shelbourne Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 6 July            Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 14 July          Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 July          U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 27 July           Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers    Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        U.C.D. v Cabinteely  The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Finn Harps v Wexford     Finn Park 8.00 pmSat. 4 August       Longford Town v Athlone Town      City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmMONDAY 5 AUGUST – EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINALSWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 12 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FIRST ROUNDFri. 17 August      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 26 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUNDFri. 31 August      Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALSFri. 14 September       Galway United v  Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – EA SPORTS CUP FINAL     Sat. 22 September         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park  7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SEMI-FINALSFIRST DIVISION PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SERIESFri. 5 October       4th placed First Division club v 3rd placed First Division clubMon. 8 October    3rd placed First Division club v 4th placed First Division clubFri. 12 October     Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-off v 2nd placed First Division clubFri. 19 October     2nd placed First Division club v Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-offPROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF FINALMon. 29 October  Winner of First Division Play-off     series v 9th placed Premier Division clubFri. 2 November   9th placed Premier Division club v Winner of First Division Play-off series(Or Wed. 7 November if one or both of the Clubs qualify for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final)SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FINAL – AVIVA STADIUM Galway United will be at home for their first game of the season on Friday the 23rd of February when Athlone Town will visit Eamon Deacy Park followed by two away games to Cobh Ramblers and UCD. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Fri. 30 March      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 2 APRIL – EA SPORTS CUP SECOND ROUND           Fri. 6 April           Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pm United’s Fixtures in Full are….Fri. 23 February   Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 3 March         Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 5 MARCH – EA SPORTS CUP FIRST ROUND    Fri. 9 March         U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 16 March       Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 23 March      Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmlast_img read more

Robin Sloan’s “Fish:” A Tap Essay About Liking & Loving

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tap essays are a great way to read. The writer controls the rhythm, but the reader controls the tempo. It works especially well with the subject matter Sloan has chosen. “Fish” considers how we respond to the unstoppable streams of stuff to see on the Web. The tap essay allows us to pause and think, but there’s no going back. Tags:#web#Web Culture I’m not giving away any more of “Fish.” Sloan refers to a bunch of other great works in the essay, but he doesn’t give those away, either. You have to tap to the end, get the secret password and type it into his website. You should go to robinsloan.com/fish, download this essay and tap it for a few minutes. I bet we’ll all come back to it again and again.You should also read Robin Sloan’s story, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”. It’s special. “Fish” lets you tweet out the really big lines. When you do that, amazing eddies of conversation happen, because you’re injecting great reminders of realness right into the Twitter vein. Here’s what happened as I read “Fish” for the first time: Robin Sloan made up a new kind of story called a tap essay. It’s a story in an iPhone app that you push along by tapping it. You read at your own pace. His first tap essay, “Fish,” is available for free today.It’s about the good flood of things to read and watch on the Internet. It’s also about the difference between liking and loving. Best of all, it’s a reminder to slow down and look very carefully at things, even when they’re gnarly. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchelllast_img read more

2015 Queensland State Championships

first_img42 teams from across Queensland will compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football State Championships this weekend. Teams from Queensland’s six regions will converge on Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe for the two day event, which starts on Saturday, 24 October. Teams will compete across eight divisions at the event – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s. Games commence at 8.00am on Saturday morning, with finals commencing from 12.35pm on Sunday. 2014 Queensland State Championships winnersMen’s OpenSouth Queensland 8 defeated North Queensland 6Women’s OpenSunshine Coast 7 defeated Brisbane City 2Mixed OpenBrisbane City 13 defeated Central Queensland 12Men’s 20’sNorth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 5Women’s 20’sBrisbane City 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Women’s 27’sBrisbane City 4 defeated North Queensland 2Men’s 30’sNorth Queensland 9 defeated Brisbane City 5Women’s 35’sCentral Queensland 8 defeated South West Queensland 3Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 3Women’s 40’sBrisbane City 4 defeated South Queensland 3Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland 7 defeated South West Queensland 6Men’s 50’sSunshine Coast 3 defeated Brisbane 2Men’s 55’sNorth Queensland 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Regional Champions – Brisbane City Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Queensland State Championships in the following ways:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/QldTouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/QldTouchRelated LinksQLD State Champslast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-month

first_imgBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-monthby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has scoffed at claims he is paying a friend to make sure he does things on time.Dembele continues to upset management and senior players with his poor timekeeping.And Radio Marca reported that Dembele is paying one of his entourage €15,000-a-month to keep him on the straight and narrow.However, Dembele has denied the story with a reaction on Twitter with several disparaging emojis.https://t.co/LP7RBIAFNp— Ousmane Dembélé (@Dembouz) December 19, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Language and child welfare bills pass as MPs head home for the

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo pieces of legislation dealing with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples were passed by the House of Commons and Senate Thursday meaning they will become law in the coming days.Bill C-92, the law the Trudeau government says will give control of child welfare to communities, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages Act, were passed late in the afternoon.Both laws had critics who said they contained flaws and should not be passed.NDP-MP Romeo Saganash’s UNDRIP bill, C-262, would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill and the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.The House of Commons has risen for the summer, following a flurry of legislating that rushed numerous significant bills into law before the break. But other potential laws remained mired in the legislative process as of late Thursday, awaiting action in the Senate – or a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and now just await royal assent:Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.At the time the House adjourned for the summer Thursday, several bills still required further consideration in the upper chamber, which continued sitting. Among them were several controversial and consequential bills:Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It was due for a vote late Thursday.Bills C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency, was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion.Bill C-83, which aims to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has only been introduced and read for the first time in the House of Commons, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Nadine said that she felt she would be well-placed to portray a nun alongside headmistress Sister Michael in the comedy series and would find it “hilarious”.She said: “I could play a nun. That would be different. I could totally see myself doing that.“It would be hilarious to play a nun. It’ll be so interesting to see what Lisa comes up with for me. I’m looking forward to that. Lisa has done a great job with the characters so far and the show is so true to life.“Obviously when I went to school and was taught by nuns, the religious side of it was very important and Lisa has captured that well. Nadine Coyle pitching for a role in hit Channel TV comedy series Derry GirlsFORMER Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has revealed she would love to swap the glamour of pop stardom for the modest habit of a nun – in Derry Girls.The Derry singer has had talks with the hit Channel 4 sitcom’s creator Lisa McGee about appearing in series two.Both Nadine (32) and Lisa attended Thornhill College in Derry, the inspiration for Our Lady Immaculate College in the TV series. CHANNEL 4DerryDERRY GIRLSGIRLS ALOUDNadine CoyleNadine Coyle: I’d like to play a nun in Derry GirlsOur Lady Immaculate CollegeTHORNHILL COLLEGE “I have to say, I loved the show. It was hilarious and you know, I’ve always been very proud of Derry, but I was so proud to see how well everyone else took to it and enjoyed it for what it was.“When Derry was portrayed on television before, it was always as a war zone but for us growing up there, it didn’t feel like that.It’s great to see something funny and positive about Derry on TV now.”Channel 4 has already commissioned a second series which is due out in 2019.Mother-of-one Nadine recently cancelled her UK and Ireland tour and apologised to any fans who had been looking forward to her concerts.Nadine Coyle: I’d like to play a nun in Derry Girls was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Researchers find existence of specific networks in the brain much earlier than

first_img Source:https://www.med.umn.edu/news-events/umn-medical-school-researchers-contribute-important-neurological-discovery Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 30 2018A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, have used the brain’s spontaneously generated patterns of activity to glean novel insights into network structure and development. They found the existence of precise organizational networks in the cerebral cortex much earlier in development than previously thought.The cerebral cortex in humans and carnivores has a very precise special organization that involves networks of neurons. Composed of thousands of neurons distributed over millimeters of the cortical surface, distributed networks play a critical role in all aspects of brain function including the processing of complex sensory input.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”Not only are these large scale networks present much earlier than we thought, but they predict future function,” said Gordon Smith, PhD., Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “What that suggests is that events happening early in development are setting the stage for what we see later in life.”In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers used calcium imaging techniques to visualize with unprecedented resolution spontaneous activity patterns in the mature visual cortex. While they expected to see widespread patterns of activity, they hadn’t anticipated the high degree of precision they observed in the network interactions. The spontaneous network activity patterns were so highly correlated that the activity of small populations of neurons could reliably predict coincident network activity patterns millimeters away, and these correlation patterns beautifully predicted the patterns of network activity evoked by visual stimulation.When they looked earlier in development prior to eye opening, they discovered robust long-range patterns of correlated spontaneous activity that extended over distances comparable to what was seen in the mature brain.”This was surprising, since connectivity in the brain is very immature at this point in development,” said Smith, whose work on this study was done both at the Max Planck Florida Institute and the University of Minnesota. “This finding led us to propose a novel computational model of the early visual cortex that can replicate these findings.” The model shows that at early stages in development, long-range network activity can be generated by activity patterns spreading through chains of local cortical connections.Future studies will test the prediction that activity dependent plasticity mechanisms shape the structure of long-range connections based on the instructive activity patterns derived from local cortical connections. Smith is currently furthering this research at the University of Minnesota.last_img read more