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Archives for February, 2007

Yeah, That’s Enough

I’ve already mentioned the amazing amount of snow that’s hit places like Redfield, NY, some 40 miles from us. For Utica, this winter is proving to be one of bizarre extremes. January turned out to be the warmest on record and over 4 degrees warmer than usual. In fact, I was running comfortably outside in…

Apparently, Not Enough

I mentioned the intense amount of snowfall in Redfield, NY the other day (131″ record breaker event, and enough for the Colbert Report to quip that there was so much snow that identical flakes were beginning to fall). Well, we’re all getting pelted again (like the rest of the Northeast), but when you already have…

I took a pretty circuitous path to becoming a biochemist. When I was six, I wanted to be a paleontologist, influenced by the “dinosaurs are cool” factor and my older (much older) sister’s college textbooks which I attempted to read, trying to get a grasp of evolution. Then, I wanted to be a zoologist, specializing…

As the grizzled matriarch of the Chimpanzee Refuge, it behooves me to call attention to tonight’s Nova: The Last Great Ape. Our close cousins, Pan paniscus, the bonobos, are featured. The PBS site’s interview with Frans de Waal is worth checking out, and if you have yet to read his book, Our Inner Ape, de…

Is Enough Enough?

After what was a mild and low-snow start of the winter, the past few weeks in upstate New York have been nothing short of blanketing. The town of Redfield has just broken the all-time accumulation record for a lake effect snow event. They beat the old record of 127 inches recorded at Montague in 2001…

DIY Neuro-Motor Experiments, Part 2

One thing I want to dispel immediately is that this is about normal “handedness”. Sure, you can pick up a ball and throw it with your non-dominant hand/arm and experience the sensation of a “chicken-arm”, but that’s not the point under investigation. No, this has more to do with skills that are shared unevenly across…

DIY Neuro-Motor Asymmetry Experiments

Owing to an overuse injury that has curtailed my running, I find myself gravitating toward my other main avocation, the drums, in order to maintain my sanity. These two things are at opposite ends of the spectrum: one is all about fitness, the other, skill. In the past couple of weeks I’ve been performing a…

These otherworldly blossoms have no genus and species so I’ll reach back to my plant taxonomy class and name them Chihuliensis fabulosa. These were spotted at the Dale Chihuly exhibit in the New York Botanical Garden last fall. For more realistic glass flowers, if you’re in Cambridge MA, be sure to check out the glass…

Mr. Beck’s evocative text… Then the overdressed fitness-jogger types carrying gallon jugs of water or grog, huffing like crazy and staring grimly at the ground. I’m not sure if I was last, but I do know that my not-so-novel strategy of trying to escape my morass of perambulatory incompetence by swinging my arms in furious,…

There’s a little corner of the Internet which I stumbled across several weeks ago, a personal blog in which a young writer, her educational background in biopsychology, recently dissected an expansive and bizarre post-modern Milgram-esque experiment which occurred at fast-food chain restaurants throughout the United States during the span of 2000 through 2004, at which…