Neuron Culture

Archives for January, 2007

Place fields tied to a single grid cell in a rat’s entorhinal cortex. From Hafting, Fyhn, Molden, Moser, and Moser, “Microstructure of a spatial map in the entorhinal cortex,” Nature, 11 August 2005. By permission of the authors. I wanted to give a heads-up and a link to a set of blog posts on spatial…

Now comes more news — unflattering to the company — about Eli Lilly’s, um, selective release of data about its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. Lilly is trying to squash the full release (aka “leak” or “unauthorized publication”) of internal company documents that allegedly reveal its attempt to cover up Zyprexa’s dangerous side effects. But as Jake…

The wattle bird, one of several Australian species that have been myteriously dying around the town of Esperance. _______________________________________________________________________________ As a former Texan, I took special notice last week when I heard Austin officials temporarily closed the downtown after finding several dozen birds of different species dead there. They never figured out what killed them;…

Capt. Andy MacLean, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, after his unit’s first night of serious combat in the Iraq War, Apr 1-2, 2003. Image by David Leeson/Dallas Morning News/CORBIS SYGMA ___________________________________________________________________________________ The floor of the National Museum of Iraq after it sacking during the second week of April, 2003. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Among the responses…

Why we’re suckers for war talk

I’m not a reagular reader of Foreign Policy magazine, but thank goodness I check in regularly at The Thinking Meat Project, which draws attention to a fascinating piece by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahnemnn on on how common “error biases” in our thinking make us vulnerable to the strident certainty of hawkish arguments. The article explains…