Neurophilosophy

Archives for October, 2007

James Watson has been suspended from his position as chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory following the racist comments he made last week. In last weekend’s Sunday Times, Watson is quoted as saying that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa [because] all our all our social policies are based on the…

Smart dust refers to a network of wireless, autonomously-acting microscopic devices. Built with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and using molecular manufacturing processes, these devices would act as sensors, detecting anything from light and vibrations to chemicals and pathogens, and communicating the information over long distances. Microscopic devices such as this are still hypothetical, and the only…

Tips for writing behavioural studies grants

I’ve just received this email from Stephanie Porter, one of the authors of the Oxford University Press blog: I wanted to share with you a compelling series of posts from our new Complete Writing Guide to NIH Behavioral Studies Grants. Both posts are excerpts from the book that extend pointers on how to write a…

New channels & a new blog

If you haven’t noticed already, the ScienceBlogs homepage has changed somewhat. The list of channels has changed, and the homepage for each channel has been redesigned. This means that you’ll have to resubscribe to the new channels to get the content you want in your feed reader. For example, posts that would previously have gone…

Envisioning Science

(Photo by Felice Frankel)  Reseacher, author and science photographer Felice Frankel is the winner of this year’s Lennart Nilsson Award for Medical, Technical and Scientific Photography. Frankel is a researcher at MIT and a senior research fellow at Harvard University’s Faculty of the Arts and Sciences, where she is head of the Envisioning Science Program,…

Senile old fool

James Watson and Francis Crick made the most significant discovery of the twentieth century: they elucidated of the molecular structure of DNA in 1953, and later shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their work. So Watson and Crick are very illustrious, to say the least. But when Watson continues to make racist…

These pictures illustrate macrosomatognosia, the condition in which abnormal activity in the somatosensory regions of the brain causes one to perceive the body, or parts of it, to be abnormally large. Both pictures are representations of partial macrosomatognosia, in which specific parts of the body are affected. They were drawn by artists who experience migraines,…

Blood as a neuromodulator

In the Journal of Neurophysiology, Chris Moore of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT reviews the evidence for his hemo-neural hypothesis:

Bloody foreigners

According to an economic analysis carried out by the Home Office, immigrants earned more and paid more tax than native Britons did last year.

PC Magazine’s favourite 100 blogs

The editors of PC Magazine have compiled a list of their favourite 100 blogs of the year. Only one of them is a science blog.