Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for June, 2006

This is the weirdest thing I’ve heard all week. A prisoner in Pakistan woke up last weekend and found a glass lightbulb in his anus, and a 1 and a half hour surgeyr was required to…..er…..”unscrew” it. “We had to take it out intact,” said Dr. Farrukh Aftab at Nishtar Hospital. “Had it been broken…

RNAi, or RNA interference, is a rapidly developing and powerful tool to achieve gene silencing (turning a gene “off”). Gene silencing shows what happened in a system or organism when that gene is no longer functional. In a recent study, described in a story in Technology Review, female mice lose all interest in sex when…

Consider this scenario. A woman walks into a bank, and up to the teller’s window. You are the teller. She pulls out a check from her purse, made out to her in the amount of $5,000. She slips it under the teller window, to you, and asks you to cash it for her. You look…

I found an amazing plethora of free-access articles and resource material on stem cells (from the journal Nature). The author of one (Sean Morrison) is a very well-known researcher here at UM Neuroscience. (Links below the fold).

A list of splendiferous gadgets compiled by yours truly! Below the fold!

The NIDCD reported yesterday the discovery of a protein called protocadherin-15 (PC15)(which is associated with a form of genetic deafness called Usher Syndrome) as the likely player in the initial transduction of sound. As I have discussed here, the cochlea’s sensory cells are called hair cells which project “hairs” into fluid spaces that vibrate when…

Stanley Kubrick Fans Rejoice

Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director. Now, you can download the movie that started it all: his seldom-seen 1951 debut “Day of the Fight.” Shot by the 21-year-old filmmaker in 1950, the 16-minute documentary traces a day in the life of boxer Walter Cartier, culminating in his fight with Bobby James. It explores how Cartier…

Wanna see a bird just like Pepper entertaing everyone with his speech and mimicry skills? Thanks to Blas for this amazing YouTube movie that is a lot of fun. These birds are amazing talkers, check it out!!!

June Mix Tape

1. And it Rained All Night- Tom Yorke (Radiohead’s frontman’s solo album “The Eraser” has been leaked. Its Kid A-Ok.) 2. The Only Difference Between Marytrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage- Panic at the Disco (Fallout Boy’s progeny become their betters.) 3. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine- The Killers (80s New Wave waxes poetic…

Whilst perusing my latest copy of SEED magazine, I came across an interesting poetry structure not unlike a haiku. What I’m talking about is “the Fib,” which is a poetic structure based on the Fibonacci sequence; the lines consist of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 (and so on) syllables. While SEED published…