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There’s a slick new online Sci Fi rag called Lightspeed. I like this one because they also publish nonfiction pieces that are relevant to their fiction stories. Ok I’m a bit biased because they asked me to write a nonfiction piece for them. In the same issue there was a story called Manumission by Tobias…

Imaging a Superior Mnemonist

In neuroscience, we spend most of our time trying to understand the function of the “normal” brain — whatever that means — hence, we are most interested in the average. Under most occasions when scientists take an interest in the abnormal neurology, it is usually someone with who has something wrong with them — has…

If you haven’t checked out the DANA Foundation, well, you should. The DANA Foundation and DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives are dedicated to providing up-to-date scientific information to the public, as well as supporting research and the arts. And they do a heck of a good job at laying out new findings in a very…

Finally we get some data on changes in AD pathology with statin use! Statins are taken for lowering cholesterol, but they have other beneficial effects such as modulating inflammatory responses. Thus, they could prove beneficial in the treatment of AD given the disease has a significant inflammatory component. According to the press release The two…

Encephalon #13

Welcome to Encephalon # 13!!!! Unlucky though it may be, we’re up and running (and better late than never). I have to apologize to Encephalon readers, I’ve been trying to deal with my position being on the chopping block out of the blue. Yes, Virginia, the government doesn’t offer job security either. The next edition…

Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) refers to a condition where recurrent seizures arise in the temporal lobe of the brain. This condition is seen in humans and animals. Often, TLE arises following a neural insult such as head trauma or tumor, but can also be triggered by infection. These febrile seizures are often seen in children…

SFN: I just can’t win!!!

I had grand plans in mind for blogging this conference. Then I got a virus and spent the last 2.5 days or so in bed. Lovely. Barely got to even meet Shelley and Jake. Forced to eat room service for meal after meal. Barf! I’ll put some stuff together for next week. In the meantime,…

SFN blogging: Jake’s been deflowered

Almost too cute for words. Poor SFN conference virgin Jake just got his cherry popped. I tried to warn him that this conference is nuts, but does anybody ever listen to me? NOOOOO. This afternoon had a good run of posters relating to transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer’s Disease. Got me thinking a bit about…

Greetings and salutations from the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience!!!! I’m gonna try and get back in the bloggin’ business after some major life changes by writing about exciting news from the forefront. Unfortunately, the only thing I have to report so far is that Jake and Shelley and I had dinner…

Looks like yet another interesting toxin was found, this time in a venomous snail. This discovery comes from the lab of an old player in the field, who apparently discovered the conotoxin that is used in Prialt.