The Corpus Callosum

Archives for March, 2010

I guess Fox News is starting a series of vignettes, hoping to show that stimulus money is being wasted.  In an early attempt, Hannity and Carlson track down an entomologist, at Michigan State University, who got a $200,000 grant from stimulus funds.  The scientist is Dr. Anthony Cognato, Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology.…

Ghost Chile Update #2

I’ve written before about the world’s hotter chle pepper: the bhut jolokia, rated at over 1 million scoville units. (Sauce available here.)  Now, India has a new use for the infernal things: combatting terrorism. India deploys world’s hottest chilli to fight terrorism Bhut jolokia, or ‘ghost chilli’, to be used for teargas-like grenades to immobilise…

WSJ: Incompetent Ranting

At first, I was going to title this post WSJ: Incompetent Ranting. Then I decided that was too strong.  Then I read the article again, and went back to the original title.  Mind you, this is not intended to be an ad hominem attack.  The author, Edward Shorter, has been the Hannah Professor in the…

A few days ago, there was a minor ripple in the political world, when a media person tried to get John McCain to say that Obama is a socialist.  Even though McCain had hinted at that several times during the campaign, he would never state directly that Obama is a socialist.  Well, he still won’t…

Early Spring

We had little squall clouds today, such that there was interesting light and shadow in the yard.  This made for a nice opportunity to photograph the nectarine tree blossoms.  Emotionally uplifting, I would say.  The only problem is that we now have to watch for frost warnings, then run out and cover the tree if…

The January 2010 American Journal of Psychiatry has two articles pertaining to the relationship between dietary practices and mental health.  One article presents the results of a study; the other is an editorial. Association of Western and Traditional Diets With Depression and Anxiety in Women Jacka et al. Am J Psychiatry 2010; 167:305-311 (published online…