Neurotopia

Archives for July, 2006

Ixnay the EdRay UllBay

Think that sugar rush is gonna help you beat the afternoon blues? Think again. Ten healthy adults had volunteered to restrict their sleep to 5 hours on the day before participating in the trial. An hour after eating a light lunch they were given either an energy drink (42g sugar + 30mg caffeine) or an…

Francis Collins is Confused

I just don’t get it. On one hand, Francis Collins is clearly a bright guy and an established researcher. He headed the Human Genome Project, for cryin’ out loud. He’s an evangelical Christian, which I personally don’t care about one way or the other, as long as his beliefs remain his personal beliefs. An article…

SchadenFriday: Ralph Reed

Today’s award goes to Ralph Reed, cherubic ex-leader of the Christian Coalition, who lost his bid to be the Republican nominee for the Lt. Governorship of Georgia this week.

The difficulty with treating spinal cord injuries arises from a number of factors. Firstly there is the primary damage to the axons of the spinal cord itself, resulting in mechanical damage that can inhibit neurotransmission and transport of cellular material to and from the distal cord. The damaged cord must also compensate for secondary damage…

Upcoming Kansas B.O.E. Election

A new website in the fight against the ID movement’s attempted takeover of the Kansas state science standards. Check it out. Nick Matzke has more here.

Unfortunately I’m stuck with the press release on this one, my government-access VPN doesn’t seem good enough to get me this article at home. Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is a condition where a person is unable to recognize another person by their face and must rely on other features, such as gait, hair, voice, or…

Shelley mentioned a study last week that suggested more and more young people are getting Parkinson’s Disease, and she wondered whether there was any utility in blaming our industrialized society based on the fact that certain compounds we produce can induce Parkinsonian symptoms. Let’s start by giving a brief overview of the systems involved before…

The Writing On The Wall

If you weren’t worried about Iraq, the Middle East, and potential for War Without End, Amen before reading this post, consider changing your mind.

Just in case you missed it

The first half of this year was the hottest on record in the US. Temperatures for January through June were 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri experienced record warmth for the period, while no state experienced cooler-than-average temperatures, reported scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville,…

Kent, the gift that keeps on giving. Man, is anybody affiliated with Hovind NOT a crook?