Archives for August, 2007

FDA approves chemical lobotomy for kids

Reuters reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in children and teenagers.

HIV causes dementia by inhibiting neurogenesis

A significant proportion of people with HIV/ AIDS develop neurological symptoms, such as impaired co-ordination, personality changes, deficits in learning and memory, and mania and depression. HIV-associated dementia is difficult to treat; although highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has led to improved prognoses for patients, these drugs do not effectively penetrate the blood brain barrier.…

The magic of consciousness

The New York Times contains an article by George Johnson, who attended the recent Magic of Consciousness Symposium in Las Vegas, at which a number of well-known magicians discussed how they exploit the limits of perception in their performances: Apollo, with the pull of his eyes and the arc of his hand, swung around my…

Home sweet home

You’ve probably gathered that I’ve spent a long weekend in New York City with other ScienceBloggers and members of the SEED magazine team. I think it’s fair to say that a good time was had by all. I’ve posted some of the pics I took out there, but I haven’t written anything about  the trip.…

More NYC pics

Atlas at the Rockefeller Plaza. More blogger pics below. 

Becks hits New York!

Kevin Beck. More pics of the ScienceBloggers in NYC below.


…in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science is a fantastic new blog that needs a shorter name. It’s by Jack Josephy, who’s studying philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Sussex. See also Distributed Neuron, by Zachary Tong, a biology undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

An old favourite

I heard this being played by someone who was selling records and CDs in the street, next to a bar we went into last night. It’s an old favourite of mine, from way back when hip hop was still good. There’s no video, so enjoy looking at the album cover while you listen. It’s by…

New York ScienceBloggers meet-up pics

More photos below.

Greetings from NYC

Greetings from New York City. I arrived at JFK at about noon, and got a proposal of marriage about 20 minutes later, from a lady who works at Howard Beach subway station, who said she loved my accent! (Even though I sound nothing like Hugh Grant!) Anyway, after about 2 hours on the A train,…