Archives for December, 2010

Fruit Fly Brain Atlas Decoded

My previous postings on the fruit fly brain generated quite a bit of interest, and I wanted to share with you some more detail that I received from Terry C.-W. Yeh, researcher at the Applied Scientific Computing Division of the National Center for High-Performance Computing in Taiwan. Thank you, Terry, for being so gracious! I…

Irresistible Beauty of Alcoholic Beverages

If you’ll forgive the whimsy of this posting: What’s your favorite drink for New Year’s? I was intrigued by a series of images posted by The Telegraph of various drinks of choice. The screenshot above is described as:

More Friends, More Liberal?

Photo source. As you prepare for your New Year’s celebration, here’s something to consider: researchers have found that having more friends may play a role in whether you identify yourself as a liberal or a conservative. How did they determine this?

Walt Disney Pictures Did I not say that science can be beautiful? Consider Disney’s latest animated film, “Tangled.” How does one simulate human hair, taking into account sheen and reflection of light, not to mention bending? In the earlier days of animation, these drawings were done by hand by masters of the craft. Now, the…

Our Brain’s Atlas: Exploring Connections

I have been exploring our “Brain’s Atlas” introduced in my recent post and discovered an extraordinary resource: the Relationship Viewer. A snapshot is shown to the right, appearing as a spiraling multi-colored pin wheel.

There has been a media storm over Sarah Palin’s “invention” of the word “refudiate” as an ersatz term for repudiate. In her own words, as reported today in The Huffington Post: {apparently she blamed the “typo” on her Blackberry…not inconceivable.} “I pressed an F instead of a P and people freaked out,” said Sarah, pointing…

Human Connectome: Our Brain’s Atlas

If you thought the human genome project was impressive its scope and scale. think about the human connectome project. I recently shared with you the fruit fly brain atlas, comprised of about 100,000 neurons, and compared it to the human brain with some 100 billion neurons. The first high resolution images of the “connectedness” of…

Is It Really So Difficult to be Civil?

By inspire*dream*create*, Rachel Souza’s Flickr Photostream I realize that I am a new blogger for this site, and have enjoyed the challenge of sharing some of the latest scientific breakthroughs as they are happening. I have enjoyed reading some of my fellow bloggers, “Sciblings,” learning about new discoveries from their perspectives.

Schadenfreude Explosion!

If you are fascinated with word usage, I suggest you try a powerful new tool, Google NGram Viewer. According to the website: What’s all this do? When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English…

I Wanted A Trollinator Nanobot for Christmas…

Jennifer Daniel and Sandi Daniel, The New York Times image THERE you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the Internet. You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments section to see what other people thought. And there, lurking among dozens of well-intentioned opinions, is a troll. “Where Anonymity…